One And Only. SRAM XX1 Dominates Megavalanche Alpe D’ Huez
Jerome Clementz rules the men’s field, Anne Caroline Chausson wins the women’s race
The Megavalanche is one of the worlds toughest mountain bike races, a mass-start, 20km+ descent from 3,330m, starting on glacial snow and finishing more than 2,600m below. Containing some of the most demanding and technical terrain in the Alps, with lung-busting climbs in between.
Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain : SRAM XX1, RockShox PIKE, Avid X0 Trail Brakes, TRUVATIV Jerome Clementz bar) took his 3rd ever career win at Megavalanche on Sunday, July 14th, with a masterpiece race that exemplifies what Mega is all about: strategy, total confidence in the bike and components, incredible fitness, skills and pure speed. Starting in the front row, with hundreds of riders behind him, Jerome maneuvered his bike on the snow at a speed of almost 100 km/h to stay clear of the main pack of contenders and avoid potential falls, entering the first corner ahead of the pack and maintaining this position until the finish line for the win.
A defining moment came on the last grueling climb before entering the singletrack down to the finish, were Jerome made full use of the wide range gearing of his SRAM XX1 drivetrain to outsprint his competitors and establish a clear gap on the second contender. On the podium with Jerome 4 out of the top 5 placed riders at Mega all raced on SRAM XX1.
In the women’s race Anne Caroline Chausson proved she has fully recovered from her injury at the first round of the Enduro World Series by clinching a solid win in front of Pauline Diffenthaler, a familiar face on enduro podiums all around the world.
1st -Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain – SRAM XX1, RockShox Pike and Reverb, Avid X0 Trail, TRUVATIV BlackBox bar)
2nd- Remy Absalon (Commencal – SRAM XX1 and RockShox Reverb)
4th- Lukas Anrig (Norco World Enduro Team – SRAM XX1, RockShox Pike, Monarch Plus and Reverb, Avid X0 Trail)
5th- Nicolas Quere (Commencal – SRAM XX1 and RockShox Reverb)
1st- Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis – SRAM XX1 and RockShox Reverb)
2nd- Pauline Diffenthaler (Cannondale Overmountain – SRAM XX1, RockShox Pike and Reverb, Avid X0 Trail, TRUVATIV BlackBox bar)