The Trans-Savoie (www.trans-savoie.com) is a new event for 2013, taking on the multi-day all-mountain enduro concept and advancing it to even more challenging terrain.
It takes place from August 18th and encompasses 6 days of racing, starting in Val D’Isere and finishing in Chamonix in the French Alps, taking in a number of famous ski resorts along the way.
Having completed the Trans-Provence in 2009, I’m familiar with the concept and very excited by what lies in store but this time there appears to be less hike a bike and even more descending.
The stats for the individual days are quite exceptional – the 6 days covering 20 timed stages and a little under 270km of on bike distance, but with 20,000m of descending and 5,000m of ascending. Everything about it sounds big! What brings even more challenge to the event is that we’ll be racing the trails blind, so each section has to be ridden quickly but with caution, knowing that each day could mean the equivalent of riding the full Megavalanche course twice without the ability to pre-ride it.
As it’s the inaugural Trans-Savoie I am incredibly privileged to have got one of the 70 or so entries, with 20+ pros and the rest made up of eager amateurs. If it’s even a fraction as good as the Trans-Provence then it’s going to be an amazing week, and given the organisers will have learned from that event, I think I can safely say it’s going to be an amazing week’s riding.
And yes, I’m nervous. A silly mistake on an easy section of the T-P left me with a scar on my chin and a couple of broken teeth, and this year my main aim will be to finish in one piece and enjoy riding many fantastic trails in a beautiful part of the world.