Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Racing a mountain bike down a glacier is total carnage

race.jpg
race2.jpg

A fire pit. A bed of nails. A glacier. 

None of these are suitable surfaces over which a right-minded cyclist would ride their bike - yet the latter is the preferred terrain for the Megavalanche contest.

Located in the ski runs of Alpe-d’Huez in the French Alps, the mountain bike racers move in once the leisure-friendly snow has melted away. With over 200 riders competing in any single event, it's a simple case of "first to the bottom wins".

The footage below tracks the progress of one Jamie Nicoll as he plunges down the 30km track at speeds of up to 30 mph. The track is littered with rocks, ice, riders and lost bikes, along a route that runs perilously close to the edge of mountainous drops. Despite taking a few tumbles, Nicoll eventually finished seventh. 

Prepare for the most tense two-and-a-half minutes of your day.

Related

sharkmitch.jpg

Who won the internet this weekend: shark man or Mitchell Johnson?

ian mckellen 2.PNG

Sir Ian McKellan And Sir Patrick Stewart Recite Taylor Swift

reddit.jpg

Reddit isn't the problem, the internet is

starwars2.jpg

This is what it looks like if you put a GoPro on a Jedi

Capture.JPG

This video of teenagers using encyclopedias is worrying

fly2.jpg

Every Plane That Flies Into London Every Day Stunningly Visualised

Comments

More

You can now buy 'luxury iceberg water' for £80

Water joke

by Dave Fawbert
17 Feb 2017

There is an eighth continent that you had no idea existed

Move over Australasia, there's a new kid in town

17 Feb 2017

Tony Blair declares "mission" to get UK to "rise up" against Brexit

Former PM claims people voted "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit"

by Joe Ellison
17 Feb 2017

The most batshit crazy moments from Trump's latest press conference

"War with Russia would be a nuclear holocaust like no other"

by Emily Badiozzaman
17 Feb 2017

People are angry about this video of a woman talking to cheating ex

The brutal reality of #HurtBae is uniting the internet in outrage

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

14-year-old gives chocolates to all 537 girls in his school

This guy. This guy. We should all be this guy

by Dave Fawbert
16 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass wall to be built around base of Eiffel Tower

In an effort to protect the fragile tower from attacks

by Emily Badiozzaman
16 Feb 2017

Danny Wallace: My incredibly secret action film role

Another life lesson from our award-winning columnist

15 Feb 2017

The best bracing British train journeys

Rail guru Mark Smith recommends his favourite wintry routes

15 Feb 2017

These are officially the coolest places to visit in Europe

Time to dust off that EHIC card

15 Feb 2017