Another year, another amazing event. Over 100 racers of all ages, from world and national champions through to weekend warriors, completed the grueling Trans-Savoie all-mountain adventure race this August and lived to tell the tale. The statistics speak for themselves: 25,000m of descending over six days, up to eight hours of timed enduro stages for the racers at the back of the field, all wrapped into a spectacular, epic journey across the stunning Alpine Savoie region in France. The event couldn’t happen without an amazing crew of staff and volunteers, and this year over 35 people worked tirelessly to keep the racers safe and comfortable.
The Trans-Savoie truly levels-the-playing-field between the technically brilliant, the athletically fit, and the mindful strategist, and, unsurprisingly, a seasoned, world-class EWS racer took the victory. New Zealand rider, Jamie Nicoll, managed to safely pilot his Polygon machine to a rapid winning time just shy of four hours overall, gaining in strength and speed as the week wore on. Scottish pinner, Gary Forrest (WTB), ended up 8 minutes further back with countryman, Nash Masson (Bothy Bikes), riding into an excellent third place as a senior category rider. In the women’s competition Lisa Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports) stormed the field in a time just under 5 and a half hours, with Rachel Gurney (Flare/Enduro MTB) and Alice Flower behind. Lisa described her Trans-Savoie experience as simply, “By far one of the greatest things I’ve ever done”.
Highlights of the week, aside from the unbelievable trails themselves, included former DH World Champion, Steve Peat, throwing down some awesome stage times on the first two days and the sheer joy of the entire field at the some of the scenery and trails – witnessed at the finish of stages like ‘Loam Ranger’ at the end of Day Four in Meribel.
We’ll be back for more in 2015, but, for now, enjoy our final recap video of this year’s epic event with tons of unseen footage and action from the awesome Savoie singletrack.
Full results here.