10 more spaces have just been opened up for the 2014 Trans-Savoie, which will be live and open to entries on the 27th of December at 18:00, for more information on how to enter click here.
The fats :
28 Timed Stages
100% Natural Alpine Terrain
After years of planning and negotiation to ensure full endorsement and approval from the relevant resorts and authorities, the world’s toughest gravity-based enduro event took place in the French Alps in August. Almost a year earlier, the limited race entries sold out within thirty seconds of going live, and were four times oversubscribed.
70 amateur and professional competitors representing 18 different nationalities tackled the awe-inspiring route that circled around Mont Blanc and the stunning Savoie (pronounced Sav-wah) region, passing through beautiful ski resorts and villages including Val D’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Bozel, Courchevel, Meribel, Beaufort and Megeve.
Neil Donoghue in the 2013 Trans-Savoie.
After a week’s intense effort, the fastest racer was the incredibly consistent Rene Wildhaber, who completed the 26 separate timed DH stages in just over four and a half hours and clocked up over 22,500m of descending on his 650b Trek Slash in doing so. Proving an incredibly versatile athlete, Swiss professional Freestyle skier Armin Beeli came along for the sheer fun of it and placed second, with top UK Gravity Enduro racer Neil Donoghue rounding off the podium.
MTB Cut/Bluegrass rider Hannah Barnes won the women’s race in a total time of seven hours and ten minutes and later described the race as, “an unforgettable adventure”. Over 65 riders completed the full event with numerous competitors describing the Trans-Savoie experience as simply ‘the best thing they have ever done.’
What’s new for 2014?
A large contingent of pro enduro riders are in the process of signing up for 2014, which means successful entrants will be afforded a chance to witness the leading racers from the EWS series compete on the longest, most spectacular tracks on the enduro calendar. Obviously, some riders may prefer to complete the beautiful course with friends at a safer, more relaxed pace, and at Trans-Savoie we welcome any capable riders and are keen that the choice is yours on how best to tackle the adventure.
We’ve also agreed working partnerships with some very exciting sponsors for next year that will help take the event to the next level. Superb big-value prizes and Big-Brand support at the race & camps will be on offer, details of which will be announced soon.
With the trails set to be even more incredible and partnerships with some of the biggest names in mountain biking that will help ensure the organisation is even more effective, we can’t wait to welcome next year’s riders and look forward to doing it even bigger and better next summer.
For more info check out the Trans-Savoie website.