FAQ / INFO
THIS SECTION IS A WORK IN PROGRESS – UPDATING THORUGHOUT JUNE 2021
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 camp 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.) 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.