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FAQ / INFO

Last Updated: 26th July 2021

Registration – COVID-19 – Uncertainties Unique to 2021

Yes! Just try and stop us!  Trans-Savoie is Ali’s passion-project of a lifetime, and the new 50/50 event really is the one we’ve been waiting for – for too long already!  If you are in any doubt of our commitment to this event, you might feel confident that the little-sister event of the Trans-Savoie – Enduro2 – has gone ahead successfully both in 2020 and 2021 in spite of huge uncertainty and numerous challenges.   Whilst of course, government or external intervention may yet still prevent the event from going ahead…we can’t imagine what would, short of a return to full and unlimited lockdown situation in France.. (which does not seem in any way likely, at this time)….or the breakout of war between France and any other nation (!)

The situation today is this: the huge uncertainty in 2021 due to COVID-19 has caused many riders to hold-off for the 2022 event, especially considering the ever-changing regulations around international travel.  We achieved our minimum number of confirmed entires in late spring (a huge thank you to all of you who showed your support and confidence in us in these uncertain times!).   Since then, sadly around 6 or 7 further riders have been forced to withdraw for all manner or reasons, mostly linked to the ongoing uncertainty with COVID and travel.    As of today we expect our final number of participants in the 20/20 Trans-Savoie to be small…but that has allowed us to evolve our own planning and logistics to create an event which we now expect to be truly a one-off experience – for the better!  (Smaller numbers means simpler transport logistics and flexibility to access those regions and trails that would be extremely difficult to include in the event, with larger numbers.

These are changing on a daily basis – so much so that its not prudent to update them here. 

The official French government website offers all the info you need, in English.

If you are fully vaccinated, our current assumption is that you will not need a COVID-19 test or any special reason to enter France from within the EU, from the UK, of from the USA and Canada (but PLEASE check the site above before you travel).

You will however need to fill in the the two forms available at the link above, and most importantly, have all your documentation and electronic registration up to date to prove your vaccinated status.

It is likely that France may impose restrictions for events and to access public facilities, that will require you to register for a “Pass Sanitaire” – an electronic App which proves your status as vaccinated or Covid-recovered.

Our strong recommendation would be to download the app and register your credentials now – including scanning-in your vaccine records – just in case.

Search for “Tous Anti Covid” on your smartphone.

Aside from the above, a mask is mandatory in lift queues, whilst on the lift, and in all shuttles used at the event.   A mask is required to access bars and restaurants, until seated.

Concerns about

The accommodation is dormitory-based.  Should you prefer to sleep in an individual tent instead of a dormitory, this can be arranged on request, free of charge – we can provide a tent and mattress (but you’ll need to pitch it yourself on arrival). Please email us before 1st August if you want us to arrange this for you!

Clearly, extensive uplifts will help, and those on e-bikes will surely enjoy the assistance.  But certainly this is no tour-de-bike-park.

Here are the local test centres offering PCR or rapid-antigen testing:

 Pharmacie Champier

106 Grande Rue73700 BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE

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Phie Centrale De Bourg St Maurice

3 Av de la Gare73700 BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE
04 79 07 04 18 
 

Dépistage COVID – LBM ORIADE NOVIALE

139 R DU NANTET73700
BOURG ST MAURICE
https://oriade-noviale.fr/laboratoires/laboratoire-oriade-noviale-bourg-saint-maurice/
 

Pharmacie Berthoud

12 R de la Liberation 73700 SEEZ

Tel: 04 79 41 00 34

No.  

This is a legal requirement only for sporting competitions, in France.  The Trans-Savoie 50/50 is not a race, there is no ranking or element of competition.

Therefore, it is acceptable that you self-certify instead.

Alternatively, if you have a valid UCI race licence then you don’t need a medical certificate, but you still need to provide evidence of a valid licence before you race.

All riders must follow these instructions and upload the correct documentation 3 DAYS BEFORE race registration day in Les Arcs.

Check out  These PDF Instructions  to access your existing registration online.

If you have lost your registration details, you can find them by going to our race registration web-page, click the link to engage-sport, then click the “Find My Registration” button in the top right of the event registration page.

Yes….although this is not strictly mandatory.  A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is strongly recommended for all participants. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight. If the camp has moved on before you are well enough to travel, you will be responsible for any costs incurred in order to catch us up or make your way home, and therefore we strongly advise you have accident insurance in place to cover this in full (eg onward travel and repatriation costs).

Similarly, if you are not able to participate due to accident or injury (or indeed any other reason that is beyond the control of the organisers), we will not be able to refund your entry (unless you can find a suitable stand-in to take your place) – but a good insurance policy will!

Due to the individual requirements of each participant, we are not able to recommend any one general insurance provider for this event.   Note that European Citizens can receive free medical emergency treatment with an EHIC card, but this does not cover incidental costs such as rescue and medical travel.   Those from the UK can apply for a GHIC card which we understand would cover you – however the details are hazy and we cannot guarantee  that it would be accepted in France, at this time.

Travel – Arrival – Logistics

The 50/50 starts and finishes just outside of Bourg Saint Maurice.  This year’s route follows a clover-leaf or “circuit” format (see below), so this means we will return to Bourg Saint Maurice again, for the final day of the event.   Free parking on-site in a private car park is available all week.

The exact location of the dormitory (Auberge) accommodation is:

https://goo.gl/maps/indQqDM7caaLvW57A

La Verdache, Longefoy, 73700 Séez

 

For the new format 50/50 event we have created a clover-leaf-style itinerary which maximises the terrain covered and the different regions within Savoie you will visit – but without inconvenience of moving camp every night.

You will move camp twice during the week and you will spend 5 nights in dormitory accommodation, with only 2 nights in tents.

This applies to all riders. – if you booked a tent-based package, congratulations, you just got a free upgrade to dormitory accommodation!

If you would prefer your own private tent for sanitary reasons instead of dormitory accommodation, this is still possible – but please email us immediately to request this!

Rooms are dormitory-style and all bedding is provided.  (If you are a light sleeper, our tip is to bring some ear plugs, just in case!).

There is a large locked bike store on-site, but please also bring your own bike lock for extra security since it is not guarded, during the times when it is open.  The bike store will be locked between 21h30 and 7h00 each day and its not possible to access your bike inside this time (for any reason!).

There is a small bar on site and breakfast and dinner is included

You can contact Olivier at the reception (in English or French) on seez@hifrance.org  or tél. : Tél : 33 (0)4 79 41 01 93 after 17h00 for more info about the  Hostel-based accommodation itself, or the catering provided on-site:

The exact location of the dormitory (Auberge/Hostel) accommodation is:

https://goo.gl/maps/indQqDM7caaLvW57A

La Verdache, Longefoy, 73700 Séez

We will move our base for two nights in the middle of the week (Days 3 & 4) to a beautiful location in the Spa Town of Brides-Les-Bains.  (32 Av. du Comte Greyfié de Bellecombe, 73570 Brides Les Bains – France)

Individual tents will be provided, plus a comfortable inflatable mattress and camping pillow.

Due to the exceptional nature of the 2021 event, you will need to erect your own tent on arrival day and pack it down again before leaving.  But don’t panic! these are high-quality “pop-up” style tents…it’s not huge drama!

Bring your own sleeping bag for your two nights on camp. (Unless you paid for us to provide one for you when you signed up).

If you plan to arrive early or stay later, we can try to arrange extra accommodation for you at the Auberge (Our HQ) in Bourg St Maurice if you contact us before 1st August 2021.   

One night half-board (including dinner and breakfast) will cost around 50 Euros.

We don’t have sufficient numbers to arrange specific airport transfers to/from Geneva for the 2021 event.  

Please email us before 1st August if you need a transfer (with your arrival / departure times) and we will try to connect you together with other riders, to book a shared transfer.

It’s possible to take the train from Geneva Airport to Bourg St Maurice, with a few changes.   It takes 4 to 5 hours and costs around 30 Euros.  

Use www.thetrainline.com for live timetables and to book a ticket 

Other options would be to try BlahBlahCar (a car-share website in France).

Transfer providers Whiterides and Coolbus offer taxi-transfers, but they can be expensive if travelling alone (unless they can fit you in with another group).

Switzerland is in the Schengen Zone which means that passport-free travel is a right for all citizens, within this zone.

At the time of writing, there are no border restrictions that we are are aware of, between Switzerland and France.   (In practical terms, you can simply cruise across the border unchecked as per normal, although spot checks are always a possibility).  To be clear, even in the event of a spot check, you are allowed to pass freely – our point is that only a very rare spot check would allow authorities in Europe to even be aware that you had crossed into France.  And even then, one must ask if they would care to share this with authorities outside of the EU….eg, the UK?  

On your arrival to Switzerland, as far as we are aware, there is no requirement to declare your onward intentions, eg if you intend to travel onwards to France (or indeed anywhere else).

Check out our ROUTE page for a good overview of the itinerary and trails you will ride.

After much consideration, we’ve modified the logistics to follow a clover-leaf or circular itinerary rather than a strict point-to-point.

In practise what this means is that you’ll cover the same trails, and same journey, but you’ll loop out and back some days (with the assistance of shuttle vehicles where relevant) and in doing so, you’ll save the inconvenience of moving on every day like a travelling circus.

Confused?  Don’t worry, let us take care of it – we know what we’re doing!

The graphic below might help you to better understand how its going to work (view this graphic side-by-side with the route map shown on our ROUTE webpage, to really start to get the idea!).

In summary, you’ll move twice during the week – 3 nights at Basecamp in Bourg ST Maurice, 2 nights in Brides-Les-Bains (Moutiers), then returning to Bourg St Maurice for the final two days.

Parking on-site in a private car park is available all week, at no extra charge (i.e. automatically included in your entry).

The 50/50 starts and finishes in Bourg Saint Maurice (It is a circular itinerary)

On-Bike

The riding takes place over 6 full days from Sunday to Friday inclusive. The event officially starts with registration on the Saturday afternoon (latest arrival 19:30) and officially ends after breakfast on the following Saturday. All meals and accommodation will be provided within this period. It is possible to complete the event and leave camp early on the Friday evening, if you need to (and arrange your own travel).

Breakfast is served from 07:00 with first riders departing around 08:00 to 08:30. (Some days start with an uplift, others with a liason stage followed by an uplift, and some are liaison directly into a special stage.)

On the days starting with a minibus shuttle, riders will depart in 2 waves, approx 8h00 and 9h30.

Lunch is served in the form of a feed-station or stop at a mountain restaurant en-route. Participants should make it back to base camp between 15:00 and 17:30 each day.

If you are comparing this to the original Trans-Savoie with trepidation – don’t worry!  We’re all ten years older now and our priorities have changed.   You’ll need to be fairly used to big days out, but the week will be do-able, especially with an e-bike, so long as you are of reasonable fitness.   Our advised approach and preparation to all participants should be that of one preparing to undertake a significant mountain trek / expedition that will be very physically demanding. Fitness in the endurance / strength conditioning sense, as well as mental focus and determination is more relevant than outright pace and / or climbing ability. That said, entrants will face very big, long days in the saddle (50Km+, 7-9 hrs a day) on very physical trails, in potentially hot conditions and at altitudes up to 3000m. All entrants are strongly advised to consider their physical capacity to cope with these conditions for 6 consecutive days, before applying.

Clearly, extensive uplifts will help, and those on e-bikes will surely enjoy the assistance.  But certainly this is no tour-de-bike-park.

First of all, don’t ONLY ride trail centres and man-made trails. They aren’t going to help you much with this event, except perhaps your fitness and general bike handling awareness. If you are considering entering this event then you should already be at this level of competence, as a minimum. We’d therefore advise taking in as much natural terrain as you can, and ride in places you have not been to before. Practise riding challenging sections on sight, and as you would do against the clock. If you are not an experienced racer, practise at your “comfortable 70% pace”. (Where 100% would be the pace you would ride in a normal, pre-sighted Enduro race event). This is the pace that will certainly give you the best overall result at the Trans-Savoie. Get out for some big epic rides and take note of your personal needs for nutrition and hydration. For those serious about competing to place highly, a week or long-weekend riding in big mountains on natural terrain would prove invaluable, as well as offer great strength and fitness conditioning. Altitude acclimatisation would also be useful since the first special stage of Day 1 starts at 2800m Altitude! Check out our guided trips with trailAddiction if this is an option you are considering.

The Trans-Savoie route has been carefully selected to provide a variety of trail styles and technicality in order to open up the event to a wide range of riding styles disciplines. However, most of the terrain is natural and “real-mountain” and therefore should be considered at all times as -at least potentially –  more challenging and inherently unsafe (especially in the event of rider error). 

Riders who suffer from vertigo may suffer at times, although if you are of a stern disposition, with a little encouragement from your comrades we feel confident you’ll get through and be very glad you did!

There is zero shame in walking the odd section if you find yourself out of your depth – better that that put yourself out on the first day due to a silly mistake.

The below “rules” are no longer strict rules, since as stated, The Trans-Savoie 50/50 is not a race!

However, we still strongly recommend the same level of equipment – our experience tells us that over 6 Days and 35-40 hours or technical riding, you’re going to hit the ground hard, at least once.  At this moment, you’ll be very glad you chose to be protected to the max!

All riders should wear a FULL FACE helmet at all times whilst on descent-biased stages.  Helmets with a removable chin-guard are also accepted (Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade etc). During Liaison stages it is acceptable to wear a Half-Lid helmet (for example if you wish to carry a second helmet in your pack for use on the Liaison stages).

In addition to the helmet, all riders should wear:

  • CE approved back protector, or a cycle bag with integrated back protection
  • Full Finger Gloves
  • Knee protection

The following requirements are mandatory:

Riders must also carry at all times during the event

  • A Charged,  Mobile Phone with data roaming enabled if necessary (emergency use only), and list of emergency contact numbers provided by the organisers
  • A waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Water (min 1 litre bladder, 2 litres is better!) and trail snacks
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