Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez is the most iconic and not-to-be missed ENDURO MASS-START race in the World ! 

Since 1995, each year, thousands of rider from all over the world gather in Alpe d’Huez, France, to be part of an unique adventure : The Megavalanche MTB race !   Its Mass Start at 3330 meters high on the “Pic Blanc” glacier and its finish line in Allemond, 2600 meters further down, makes this ENDURO MASS-START race the longest and craziest downhill race in the world !

Come and enjoy amazing holidays, from 3 to 9 days on site, for an epic stay in the french alps, full of unlimited riding, lots of crazy pre-race events, free drinks and live music and the best for last with the race friday and saturday/or sunday.
In addition to this race will be held the MEGA KID, especially for children. Electric Bike riders will also be pleased with a dedicated start and ranking! Women are of course also more than welcome with a specific track recognition and race. 

So? Are you ready to for the craziest week of your life ?!

SCHEDULE

Saturday to tuesday

Beginning of the MEGAVALANCHE 9 – 6 days liftpass
Withdrawal at the lift cashier with your ID 

Wednesday : practice + Dual Slalom

MEGAVALANCHE free practice on all tracks
8.30am-12:00am / 2:30pm – 6pm : Expo Village. MEGAVALANCHE Frame plate withdrawal and lift pass collect – Place du Cognet – Alpe d’Huez
2 to 4pm : free practice, Dual Slalom – Eclose (only 100 riders, on registration)
4 to 5pm : seeding runs Dual Slalom (32 best riders will be selected) – Eclose
5 to 6:30pm : Dual Slalom
6:45pm : Aperitif and award ceremony Dual Slalom – Eclose

Thursday : practice + Girl Social ride + Bike Speed + No Chain Race + Funky Race

MEGAVALANCHE free practice on all tracks
7:30am : girl social ride – meeting DMC
8.30am-12:00am / 2:30pm – 7:00pm
 : Frame plate withdrawal and lift pass collect – Place du Cognet – Alpe d’Huez
9:00am – 10:00am : SPEED BIKE : speed record on the glacier, registration mandatory
9:00am – 6:00pm : Expo Village – Alpe d’Huez
2:00 – 4:00pm : No Chain Race – DMC 2100 (registration mandatory, 150 riders only) 
6:00 – 6:30pm : Funky Race – Expo Village (registration mandatory, 50 riders only) 
6.15pm : Megavalanche Reunion Island Aperitif – Expo Village 
6:45pm : Speed bike, No Chain Race & Funky Race awards ceremony

Friday : Seeding runs & MEGA KIDS

MEGA KID by Commencal : 

9:30am : 1st run MEGA KID by Commencal Minimes & Benjamins – DMC 2700
9:50am : 1st run MEGA KID by Commencal Poussins & Pupilles – DMC 2100

1:45pm : 2nd run MEGA KID by Commencal Minimes & Benjamins – DMC 2700
2:00pm : 2nd run MEGA KID by Commencal Poussins & Pupilles – DMC 2100

MEGAVALANCHE Seeding Runs : 

Start from Dôme des Rousses (2810m) – Finish in Alpe d’Huez (1800m)
From Alpe d’Huez : Access compulsory DMC Grandes Rousses up to 2100m, follow track n°11, and take the gondola Dôme des Rousses (2nd part) : 45min. to 1 hour. Lift pass compulsory.
Line-up on the start lines 20 minutes before the start.

10:30am Heat 1 n° 1 à 160
10:45am Heat 2 n° 201 à 360
11:00am Heat 3 n° 401 à 560
11:15am Heat 4 n° 601 à 760
11:30am Heat 5 n° 801 à 960
11:45am Heat 6 n° 1001 à 1160
12:00am Heat 7 n° 1201 à 1360
12:15am Heat 8 n° 1401 à 1560
12:30am Heat 9 n° 1601 à 1760
12:45am Heat 10 n° 1801 à 1960
1:00pm Heat 11 Ladies n° 2001 à 2099
1:15pm Heat 12 e-bike n° 2201 à 2360

From 10:30am : Buffet on arrival at Alpe d’Huez, Place du Cognet

6:00pm
 : MEGA KID awards ceremony and line A top riders presentation

From 6:15pm : Apero & LIVE MUSIC
Results of the seeding runs & Sticker collect for all participant including MEGA Affinity, except row A.

 

Saturday: E-MEGA, MEGA LADIES, MEGA CHALLENGER et MEGA AFFINITY

Start from Pic Blanc 3.300 m – Finish Allemond 720m

9:00am : Start E-Mega
9:15am : Start MEGA LADIES
9:30am : Start MEGA CHALLENGER from 36th to 70th of each qualification wave
9:45am : MEGA AFFINITY 1 from 95th to 130th of each qualification wave
10:30am : Glacier closing
10:00am – 1pm : Finish in Allemond – meal offered by Allemond & Alpe d’Huez.
From 6:00pm : Apero CHAIN REACTION  and Award Ceremony MEGA LADIES, MEGA CHALLENGERS & EBIKES

MEGA REUNION TRIP raffle draw 

Sunday : MEGAVALANCHE, Mega AMATEURS & Mega TRAIL

6:00am : Boarding by letter
9:00am : Start MEGAVALANCHE
9:30am : Start Mega Amateurs
9:45am: Start of the Megavalanche TRAIL
10:00am : Closing of the Glacier slopes

9:30am – 2:30pm: Arrivals in Allemond – buffet offered Protocol ceremony – Prize-giving ceremony

ROUTES & MEETING POINTS

My registration

The Megavalanche frame plate and number
Disposable timing chip
Live timing, results and diploma
The liftpass
Finisher medal
Assistance area

Liquid and food station on friday
Aperitif drink thursday, friday, and saturday
Lunch saturday or sunday at the finish

Rates

Pass 3 days: 137€*
Pass 4 days : 147€*
Pass 5-7 days : 157€*
Pass 8-9 days : 167€*

KIDS : 4 days 65€ / 5-9 days 80€

*Early birds rates, registration fees not included (+2.49%) 

Options

Dual Slalom : +15€
No Chain Race : +5€
Funky Race : +15€
Companion lift pass : 9j 95€ / 7j 80€ / 4j 65€
Cancellation insurance : +11.5% of the total
Multisport insurance 6€/jour
Jersey Megavalanche 39€
T-shirt Megavalanche 19€
Sweat shirt Megavalanche 39€
Cap Megavalanche 15€

MEGA KID by Commencal

Place aux jeunes sur les plus grandes courses d’enduro marathon Mass Start du monde : les Megavalanche !
De 7 à 14 ans, les futurs champions pourront se régaler au guidon de leur VTT sur des parcours adaptés et faire leurs preuves dans le départ groupé par catégorie d’âge !

Benjamins & Minimes : départ DMC 2700
Poussins & Pupilles : départ DMC 2100

Bike Speed

SPEED BIKE contest on the second wall of the glacier, thursday, from 8am to 10am, to be confirmed depending on the snow conditions

No Chain Race 

If you’re riding as Aaron Gwin, this race is made for you !

No chain, no pedalling. No pedalling, no speeding up. No speeding up…, no braking ! No braking : winning is yours !

See you thursday at the DMC 2100m from 2pm to 4pm, without your chain, for a crazy funny race on the Run DMC track. 5 trials possibles, we keep the best time !
5 fastest riders will be awarded + the 3 fastest kids (7-14 years old) !
Registration mandatory, 150 riders only (+5€) 

Dual Slalom

High level and crazy atmosphere on this first race of the week ! The rule is simple : two short and parallel tracks, two riders at the start, first down to the bottom takes the win ! 

Free trials wednesday afternoon, seeding runs from 4 to 5pm, and Dual Slalom race for the 32 best times froms 5pm to 6:30pm 

Registration mandatory (+15€), 100 riders max for the seeding runs 

NEW : Funky Race

The new venue of the Megavalanche week  : a 100% fun street race that is already a not-to be missed event, whether you are rider of spectator !
Start at 6pm from the expo-village for the 30 registered riders for this intense 30mn of loop-racing !

Main objective : doing as many laps as possible in 30mn for the most athletic riders, or putting on the best show for the others !
The three fastest riders, as well as the funniest outfit and the worst bike will be awarded !

Registration +15€, 30 riders only

MEGAVALANCHE TRAIL

Du Pic Blanc à Allemond / 100% DESCENTE

You don’t have a bike? 

Come and enjoy this unique 100% downhill trail running race ! Leaving after the bikes on sunday on the exact same track (so yes, from the Pic Blanc and its glacier!) you will enjoy 22km of amazing single tracks in a breath-taking landscape, but be careful : 2600m of elevation drop are between you and the finish line of this Megavalanche®Trail ! 

FAQ

TRAVEL

How to fly to Alpe d’Huez ?

The nearest airport is Grenoble, but the biggest nearest airport is Geneva in switzerland. We do not organize specific shuttle from any airports, the easiest is to rent a car there

Where should i stay / book my accomodation?

In the resort, next to the expo village :  Alpe d’Huez 

In the valley, next to the finish line and the lift :  Allemond

Where can i park my campervan / set up my tent?

We strongly recommend you to book a spot in one of Allemond camping (down in the valley, next to the finish line, linked to the resort by a new gondola)
There is no official camping site in Alpe d’Huez but a specific area is exceptionnaly authorized for the duration of the Mega Week on the “Rif Nel parking lot” if you want to park your van there for free. There will be chemical toilets at your disposal but no shower nor electricity access.

Rules

What happens to me if I do not “qualified”?

Everybody gets qualified for the race after the seeding runs, you will all race from the glacier, whether saturday OR sunday, in the level group in which you’ve been qualified friday
MEGAVALANCHE group (sunday) : the 350 bests riders (from 1st to 35th of each qualification wave)
CHALLENGERS group (saturday) : from 36th to 70th of each qualification wave
AMATEURS group (sunday) : from 71st to 94th of each qualification wave
AFFINITY group (saturday, individual start) : from the 95th to 130th of each qualification wave
Ladies and e-bikes have their specific start saturday morning
Read the full rules here
Number per race group is subject to change depending on snow conditions or numbers of registered riders

Practical information

Where to wash the bike ?
At the DMC Gondola start – Roundabout des Pistes in Alpe d’Huez

Where to collect your lift Pass ?
9, 8, 7 or 6 days Pass : At the lift cashier (Alpe d’Huez)
Wednesday or Thursay/Sunday : At the Race Office Sport Center Alpe d’Huez.

Where to collect your race number ?

At the Race Office situated (time to be found on the program)

Where to get rescue service from Wednesday to Saturday ?

At the DMC Gondola start, roundabout des Pistes in Alpe d’Huez

Where can my cheerleading team can see me?

Friday :
At the resort before the finish in Alpe d’Huez

Saturday & Sunday ?
Under the DMC  2100m: 9.15am
In the “fountaine de Poutran” uphill
When they cross the “Village de Sardone”: 9.20am
At the arrival in Allemont, from: 9.50am

Where to collect your clothes left on departure area ?

For Friday races: expo village
For the Mega Saturday & Sunday: Arrival in Allemont
Forgoten clothes will be stored in the Tourism Office for one week after the event, past this date you won’t be able to get them back
Do not leave any value item. The organization is not responsible in case of any problems and theft

Accomodation

In the Mountains, next to the expo village :  Alpe d’Huez

Accomodation in Alpe d’Huez 

Down in the valley, linked by the gondola ” l’Eau D’Olle “: Allemond

Booking in Allemond

In Oz en Oisans

Accomodation in  OZ

Results

1995 : François DOLA 1996 : Fabrice TAILLEFER 1997 : Fabrice TAILLEFER 1998 : Samuel PERIDY 1999 : François DOLA 2000 : Alex BALAUD 2001 : René WILDHABER 2002 : René WILDHABER 2003 : René WILDHABER 2004 : René WILDHABER 2005 : Jérôme CLEMENTZ 2006 : Nicolas VOUILLOZ 2007 : René WILDHABER 2008 : René WILDHABER 2009 : Rémy ABSALON 2010 : Jérôme CLEMENTZ 2011 : Rémy ABSALON 2012 : Rémy ABSALON 2013 : Jérôme CLEMENTZ