You think you’ve seen them all and then another appears on our radar.
This time its the MTB extravaganza known as The Mountain of Hell. It is a downhill mountain bike race that is open to everybody and is held over a period of three days. It is a gathering of amateurs and professionals.
Les Deux Alpes is situated in a small valley in the French Alps just south of the famed Alpe d’ Huez. This will be the 10th time that this endurance event has been held here.
The dates for the Mountain of Hell 2011 in Les Deux Alpes have been announced as the 15th-17th July 2011.
It might look like a bit of a laugh but it is in fact a grueling test of fitness, bike skills and survival. 500 competitors start on a glacier at over 3,400 meters elevation (11,000 feet) and bomb down the French mountainside on virtually every type of terrain possible on a descent of over 2,500 meters (over 8,200 feet) and a total of 25kms ending up in the local village of Venosc at 900m!
Les Deux Alpes has more to offer the mountain biker than just the Mountain of Hell ride. It also has 105km of marked mountain biking trails for all levels, from novice to expert, descending from the glacier at 3,200 meters down to the village at 1,600m. The lift system is used to access these runs in the summer. All you need is a mountain bike pass, be covered from top to toe by protective wear, have a readily accessible piste map and pleasure is just a tire width away!
The 2 Alpes MTB downhill terrain is divided into 3 variants: DISCOVERING, SPORTS and PERFORMANCE routes. A number of modules have been added to the trails covering different disciplines. The Pied Moutet, Vallee Blanche, Cretes, Gours and Diable have been made more practical and accessible.
Above 2,200 metres major work with machines has been done to build the new elite Serre Palas route. This itinerary is an “A Line” form reminiscent of the legendendary “Whistler” run. It is a red aerial piste consisting of 36 modules.
A new black run over the “Thuit” is a trail for expert mountain bikers.
For more information on the Mountain of Hell race and cycling at Les Deux Alpes please go directly to their website at Bikes-Oisans