Alpe d’Huez is a mecca for mountain bikers and the UCC Megavalanche is now one of the many mountain biking events of the Grandes Rousses summer season, let alone being the longest downhill race in the world!
Starting en masse at 3,330m on the peak of the Sarenne glacier, the Megavalanche is the ultimate in downhill biking contests, with hundreds of riders in lots of different categories including a children's race called the Mega Kid, a women's and men's race, and an E-Bike race.
Sign up by clicking on the website link.
Where & when
The riders will tackle the trails in and around the resort, and you'll find a great range of places to stop for a drink and a bite to eat, whether up the mountain - where some of the restaurants will open for the event - or in the villages themselves.
The glacier and MTB trails of Alpe d'Huez
What to see
Lift passes are sold especially for the event and they begin on the Saturday preceding the practice sessions and challenges which usually begin mid-week, leading up to the main event the following weekend.
Registration is online and includes your race plate, the chronochip and live timing device, the Ravito pass giving access to aperitifs on Friday and access to the assistance zone, plus meals on Saturday or Sunday at the finish. Early bird rates are available.