Monday, July 25th, 2016
“Mega’s at the Mega”
The Megavalanche is an event that should be on every mountain biker’s “bucket list.” There is no other race quite like it, starting on the glacier of Pic Blanc 3300m above sea level, descending 2600 vertical meters through rock gardens, beautiful singletrack and flat out woodland descents to the valley floor in Allemont.
In 2016 we returned to compete at the event and see how the latest generation of Mega 275 and 290 held up to the event it was originally designed for.
As well as racing, we wanted to catch up with and support our customers at the event, hand out some event specific t-shirts, spare parts and provide general advice (if you raced on a Nukeproof and didn’t get a t-shirt drop us a note as we have a couple left). It was awesome to meet up with fellow riders, ride with them, hear their stories and share a drink. We didn’t manage to get photos of everyone we met out there but here is a selection of a few people we met along the way. It’s awesome to hear the stories of this or past years events so if you have any for us to share get in touch.
James was out at the Megavalanche for the 2nd time. He built this 2012 Mega especially for the event a couple of years ago, it remains his pride and joy.
Brian Williams: We lined up on the qualifying grid looked left and Brian was next to us on his 2015 Mega. Awesome riding with you Brian- see you next year!
Ben Pleny- Ben was out racing the mega reporting back for Wideopen Magazine. He was riding the Mega 290 Pro for his 1st Megavlanche
Joe Harrison- Racing the Mega on his new Mega 290 Team
Ed Roberts: Ed rides for One Planet Adventure, Llandegla and is also a full time dairy farmer! Ed was on a custom Mega 275 dripping in Hope parts and Sram drive train.
Terry Batty- Legend.. your never to young to race the Mega. Terry, originally from Worksop, is a chalet owner from Chatel, France. He travelled with his wife Carol, over “the hill” to Alpe D’Huez to race the Mega.
Thank you to all the people we met, we hope this can be the start of the yearly pilgrimage to Alpe D’Huez to meet up with Nukeproof riders. If your planning on being there in 2017 let us know.