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    Excited and worried (but mainly excited)

    I like to have somthing to look forward to and the Megavalanche is something I have wanted to try for a few years. I have just received my booking confirmation

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...60759367731054


    I best get some training in !!
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    I like to have somthing to look forward to and the Megavalanche is something I have wanted to try for a few years. I have just received my booking confirmation

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...60759367731054


    I best get some training in !!
    WOW!! That looks like a lot of fun/work. Good luck.

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    Thanks, I have plenty of time to prepare, the Six Pack should suit, I can't justify buying a Highline or DHR, although I am tempted
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    RFX with 66 should be ideal for this terrain.
    Anyway,good luck to you.

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    VERY COOL! and slightly nutty! super crazy start...if you can make it through all that shite you'll be good to go! you go with your bad self!

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    YOU ARE NUTS!!! I would say that you need a highline! Or, atleast have to have one! Well maybe the DHR would be better suited. I dont know, but I think it would be in your best interest to buy a brand new bike for this event. Oh, new gear too!


    This is just what would be going through my head if I were going to do this. It would really make me want another NEW bike eventhough the Pack would be a great fit for the event. I can always talk myself into new stuff and my wife hates my trying to get her to agree.

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    Earthed 3 has a segment

    on this race.
    "And I shout that your all fakes and you should have seen the look on your face"

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    WooHoo! Now I realize the two times I have been to Alpe d'Huez I had the wrong bike (road), and I was going the wrong direction (up)!

    Have fun, that looks SO MUCH FUN!

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    Very cool, Prof. Good luck.

    Just out of curiosity, how many of you noticed this in the video?
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    I don't know what I'm spozed to be noticing.....


    anyway - that vid had me on edge the whole time - I've only seen pics of previous races, but never had any idea how crazy that start is....its mayhem!

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    my upper body hurts just watchin that thing! holy crap prof! that is truly epic and looks like a total blast. have fun and please dont die.
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    The megavalanche is the best thing I've ever done. I rode my DHR and it was a bit of a slog on the ups. The pack wil be spot on. Some tips:

    Bring some garbage bags with you to the start. Not only do they make excellent water/windproofs that you can justify abandoning once you've warmed up, they help you side faster when you sit down for the steep ice section. It's cold at 3000m altitude at 6:30am even if they do hand out hot rum.

    Be ready to go at the 10 second count. Everyone does, and you don't want 800 odd riders piling over the top of you whilst you plead "false start" to the race starter.

    Carry plenty of water. (Camelback is essential) and a few tubes. Some food is a good idea as well.

    Have fun!

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    Wow! good luck prof ! and by the way are you mad!

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    Thanks for the tip's, be350ka you are as bad as me but no by the look of things the Pack will be fine

    Clyde S Dale, a van full of EBM's , for after the race maybe?

    I need bigger tyres and more armour, so there will be some shopping to do
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Very cool, Prof. Good luck.

    Just out of curiosity, how many of you noticed this in the video?
    36 seconds in.....yep, I saw that too.

    These events look like they're totally killer and I'd like to try one for sure. Man, that start was a first class clusterf*ck though. I like the part where he's just flying through the people sprawled out all over the snow.

    EB

    P.S. This looks like there's plenty of pedaling so having a Gravity Dropper would be a big benefit and give an advantage on the flats / climbs.
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    This looks like one of the toughest things ever. I recommend watching the Megavalance section in Earthed 3. It's pretty good and the guy talks a lot about what it's actually like.

    You're an animal!!!
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    "I recommend watching the Megavalance section in Earthed 3"

    I have ordered it I will get it in a day or so
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    WOW!
    I had no idea that such an event existed. That looks spectacular. I'm not the kind of guy who likes competing, but I would love to get dropped off at the top of that someday. You can have the beginning snow section, but I'll happily ride all that spectacular single track.
    Good luck to you Prof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    "I recommend watching the Megavalance section in Earthed 3"

    I have ordered it I will get it in a day or so
    Cool... It's an all-around awesome movie anyway, you shouldn't be disappointed if you like watching people ride really, really fast on bicycles.
    cycle tracks will abound in utopia.

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    RE: Training...

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    I best get some training in !!
    Might I suggest putting the Mad Max Trilogy on endless loop on your livingroom set?



    You are going to have some serious focking fun. I want to do it now.
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    This will do with a 2.5 on the front and a 2.35 on the rear.
    Sorry it's so big

    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Ah, good. I was thinking that flat pedals and a gravity dropper would be helpfull for this event.
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    This is the bike that won it last year, note the crutch
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    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Wow, check it out; the greatest downhill racer in the history of the sport [my opinion only, of course] uses a GRAVITY DROPPER SEATPOST! Please take note all you haters.
    When Vail, colorado hosted a world cup event in the 2000, I was riding there a couple days before the races started. Nico and his teammate arrived at the top for a run, and I showed them the entrance to one of the better secret trails up there. Needless to say, I let them go first; I didn't want them on my a$$ all the way down. He seemed like a really nice guy.
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    MIght I recommend Dual Ply tires in the 2.5 size, as well as platform pedals. Other than that, I'd say you have the perfect tool for the job. A fresh set of brake pads might be in order also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    This is the bike that won it last year, note the crutch
    If Nico's running it, it's OK in my book!
    cycle tracks will abound in utopia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chingon
    MIght I recommend Dual Ply tires in the 2.5 size, as well as platform pedals. Other than that, I'd say you have the perfect tool for the job. A fresh set of brake pads might be in order also.
    Dual ply and DH tubes are in the Garage ready and waiting, the Highrollers will be on the rear and maybe the Minion on the front. Pads !! I will be taking three sets; I will be there for a few day's before to practice the course
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Good luck, Prof! It sure seems like a crazy, cool race!

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    man o man

    that guy with the helmet cam is bada$$...think about the skills needed to ride that course fast without ever pre-riding...nuts.....

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    One other thing to change on the Pack...............get some Matching Valve Caps

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    I liked how he was smoking everyone at the top, cool video, Nico also has Dura ace cranks

    Good luck Prof, looks gnarly.

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    lol Bubba, What good eye's you have
    They are my XC valve caps they will come off nearer the time
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    He does seem to fly at the top seem's to get a little too close to the edge for comfort at one stage.

    Had a look at this today the removable back plate is good, as my back will have a Camelbak on it.
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    Man that is nuts! Talk about a cliff hanger! The snow/icey section was hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    Wow, check it out; the greatest downhill racer in the history of the sport [my opinion only, of course] uses a GRAVITY DROPPER SEATPOST! Please take note all you haters.
    When Vail, colorado hosted a world cup event in the 2000, I was riding there a couple days before the races started. Nico and his teammate arrived at the top for a run, and I showed them the entrance to one of the better secret trails up there. Needless to say, I let them go first; I didn't want them on my a$$ all the way down. He seemed like a really nice guy.
    Rene sorry to tell you that at the megavalanche of the reunion island (which IMHO is even better) he had a Maverick remote seatpost. The road crankset is not for the sake of weight but because it was the only choice to have the ring he wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof
    Had a look at this today the removable back plate is good, as my back will have a Camelbak on it.
    i might rethink that move. the spine armor can be a fine idea. a c/back will fit right over it. ive done it for years.
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    I will give it a try, it zip's off so I will be able to test it.
    Stay off the brakes :)

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    ive always considered it but was too chicken shyt to zip mine off. i figure everything helps when ya go down at speed in the nasty bits.
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    That looks fun, crazy though. The rider with the helmet cam sure did alot of passing of other riders, he gots some snow skills for sure.

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    Nico-Enduro Champ

    Nico won all 3 big Enduro races in france, they called it the triple crown, Alp De Huez (mega avalanche), Vars and another one. I read somewhere about his bike-32lb air sprung bike specially setup for these events. On his site he writes about Mark Weir coming to France to compete in the mother of all Super D racing.

    He was my inspiration in building my 31lb 2007 RFX... I pulled off the state championship in Super D on my 28lb 575 but decided to build the RFX for real Enduro DH races and simply find the good races instead of the usual 15 minute XC races they call Super D in the States. No French racing this summer but Downiville is in for sure! Deer Valley Norba Nat Super D is pretty sick too (pulled 2nd with a crash there) We're trying to have a 45 minute race in Utah this summer, working with the forest service on it right now.

    GOOD LUCK in racing the coolest race on the planet!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amor587
    That looks fun, crazy though. The rider with the helmet cam sure did alot of passing of other riders, he gots some snow skills for sure.
    Werd. Thats what impressed me most. He stayed up while homeboys were sliding around on their arses. Staying on the bike in the snow isn't that easy.
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    MBR just had a little writeup

    looks very cool. great video. good luck with the race!
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