TRANS-SAVOIE WILL RETURN AUGUST 2018
“My favourite event of the year” – Rene Wildhaber – 2013 Trans-Savoie Champion
“Unbelievable! If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you a better person” – Dan Wolfe – Irish Enduro Champion 2014
“By far one of the greatest things I’ve ever done” – Lisa Curry – 2014 Trans-Savoie Female Champion
“Completely mental, just full speed ahead…..that was CRAZY!” – Nico Lau – 2015 Trans-Savoie Champion
6 DAYS : 35 TIMED STAGES :: 25,000m DESCENT :: 6000m ASCENT
VAL D’ISERE – TIGNES – ST FOY – SEEZ – LES ARCS – PEISEY-VALLANDRY – MONTCHAVIN/LES COCHES – LA PLAGNE – CHAMPAGNY – BOZEL – COURCHEVEL – MERIBEL – VILLARLURIN – ARECHES/BEAUFORT – LES CONTAMINES – MT BLANC
STILL THE ONLY JOURNEY-FORMAT ENDURO COMBINING NATURAL ALPINE TERRAIN WITH SKI-LIFT ASSISTED LIAISON
More Km of pristine singletrack than any other Enduro in the world
The Trans-Savoie Big Alpine Enduro is an epic 2-wheeled adventure open to pro riders and keen amateurs alike, on some of the best mountain bike singletrack in the world.
Over six days, 150 riders from 25+ nations will come together in the French Alps to share an epic adventure. One that forges new friendships and leaves intense memories that last a lifetime.
More of a High Alpine Expedition than an out-and-out race, if you are looking for the 2-wheeled adventure of your life – frankly, this is it. Now in its 5th year, the Trans-Savoie is defined by most who have done it, as ‘the best thing they ever did on a bike‘.
Participants cram in more riding in one week on Trans-Savoie, than in an entire EWS race season (!) and all on pristine single track to a backdrop of high alpine pastures and snow-capped peaks. But unlike any other Trans-style event, we use a route that benefits from the Savoie region’s highly efficient ski-lift system and in doing so we offer double the amount of gravity-assisted singletrack for around half of the climbing that is needed for any similar event.
As the long-time vision of the owner of trailAddiction, the Trans-Savoie is designed to be easily accessible to any ‘serious’ mountain biker, but in a format that will also challenge the world’s top riders.
The very existence of this event is possible only by drawing on our collective knowledge of guiding experience in the Savoie region. A continued passion for extracting only the very best routes from within an infinite trail network of unrealised possibilities is a vision that has been many years in the making.
This potential has been unlocked in a ‘Big Alpine Enduro’ stage rally that pushes the boundaries of the mult-staged-Enduro format to a level not yet available elsewhere in any other event.
By selecting a route that uniquely links together the rapid mechanical uplift potential of the region’s extensive ski-lift system, this event stands ahead of all others on statistics alone. This format allows access to a route that quite simply would not be possible by any other means of access.
Adopting a familiar rally-style format, the route consists of several timed downhill-biased stages each day (typically 5 to 6) with a total daily timed descent of an astonishing 4000-5000 vertical metres covering a distance of 40-50Km. Yet the average climb-per-day sits at ‘only’ 1000m vertical. The terrain is a blend of open and exposed high-alpine and lower-level forrested singletrack…a mixture of tight & technical, fast and flowing, rocky and rooty, and often exposed. This race is most certainly only for those focussed in mind as well as in body. Forget hours of hike-a-bike, sitting in a van, or grinding up fire-roads between stages. The Trans-Savoie is about shredding the most challenging and spectacular singletrack there is…..to the backdrop of Mt Blanc and other epic peaks that dominate the Savoie region.
This fully-supported event passes through remote and dramatic scenery each day, yet returns to some of the Alps finest biking destination hubs each evening for daily de-briefing & camp.
Perhaps best of all, with just so much epic singletrack in the bank, the organisers trailAddiction have scope to update the route each year with more and more new stages thrown in the mix. This event is always fresh and always blind – a truly level playing field for all participants.