Perfekter Qualistart bei Remy Absalon

Megavalanche 2016, the photo story

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Remy Absalon did it again. The Frenchman won the 2016 Megavalanche in front of a strong pack of enduro riders who are already in the Western Alps, waiting for EWS La Thuile next weekend. Strong performance from Pauline Dieffenthaler (Jerome Clementz’s girlfriend), on the top spot of the women podium. This is our photo story.

was eine Aussicht
Friday qualifying, a gondola brings the riders to the top.
Lange Schlange am Lift zum Qualistart
Long line.

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Perfekter Qualistart bei Remy Absalon
Remy Absalon leading his quali group.
Schon oben kurz nach dem Start fliegt die Kette vom Kettenblatt und muss wieder drauf gemacht werden.
It’s a very tough race for riders and gear.
Mattti Lehikonen fährt in der Quali vorne.
Mattti Lehikonen.
Auch Cederic Gracia fährt vorne weg.
Cederic Gracia

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Resuls
Quali results. This is when you know if you are going to race the real thing on Sunday.
Pauline Dieffenthaler auf dem 3 Rang nach der Quali
Pauline Dieffenthaler third after quali.
Race day. Si va su al ghiacciaio al mattino presto
Race day. Wake up at dawn and catch the first gondola.

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Nicolas Quere e Cedric Ravanel fanno esercizi di riscaldamento
Nicolas Quere and Cedric Ravanel warm up on the glacier.
Pauline Dieffenthaler, fidanzata di Jerome Clementz, prevede il futuro. La V di vittoria infatti
Pauline Dieffenthaler’s V was a good omen for her victory.
Matti Lehikoinen
Matti Lehikoinen searching for concentration.
Thomas Lapeyrie
Thomas Lapeyrie
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The finish line is somewhere down there…
Non si sente la musica
Ready to go. This is when the song “La Bomba” marks the beginning of the madness.
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Staying up front is super important to avoid being smashed down by falling competitors.
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No ice this year.

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The tracks in the soft snow are a problem for the followers.
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The beginning of a long singletrack.
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Like this.
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The killing uphill. Fans try to push the riders in every way.
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Flats…
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Torn derailleurs…
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Snapped chains…
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Bombed rims…
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All that for this? Not really, it’s more being able to say “I did it”.
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Men podium.
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The winner, Remy Absalon

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