Early Season Enduro Race in Sospel, Maritime Alps - Dirt

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Early Season Enduro Race in Sospel, Maritime Alps

Beverally (is that ‘bever ally’ or ‘bev ally”… who knows) is a 1.5-day, 3-loop, 9-stage Enduro race based out of Sospel in mid-April organised by the Trans-Provence crew. 3600m up/down over the course of 70km in total. The 9 stages are basically a ‘Sospel best-of’ including loads of new stuff that the event organisers have been opening up this Autumn/Winter, so people are going to get their money’s worth. Five of them will be open to reconnaissance, four of them will be raced “on sight”.

The whole thing is a great excuse for an early-season long weekend trip abroad as there is tonnes of riding.

But you will have to be quick, sign up is today, Friday Jan 15th. You can enter here.

Here’s the full press release:

16th & 17th April 2016

SOSPEL (Maritime Alps)
2x longer… 3x more pleasure!

In Sospel, mountain biking has been Enduro-flavoured for getting on 15 years. In 2015, a new chapter started in Sospel’s rich mountain biking history, with the creation of the Sospel-MTB association. A team of passionate individuals each personally invested in mountain biking since way back when an ambitious project for the sporting and touristic development of Enduro in what is such a well-suited playground and a race: the Bévérally.

With more than 250 competitors on the start-list who praised both the quality of organisation and the beauty of its itinerary, the inaugural 2015 Bévérally (which served as the opening round of the Urge 1001 Enduro Tour) succeeded in making its mark on the annual calendar, so why stop now…?

Fresh off the back of the first edition’s success, and desperate to share all of Sospel’s trail potential, Sospel-MTB is running the race again, and this time according to a new-for-2016 formula which they’re calling “Ultra Enduro”. The 2016 Bévérally will take place on 16th & 17th April 2016, once again within the framework of the annual 1001sentiers enduro championship (secound round). The race will stretch out over one-and-a-half days, taking in 3 different loops (each of which will finish in the centre of the village in Sospel) and no less than 9 timed Special Stages (3 per loop).

Riding, adventure and discovery are the key words in an event which is essentially based around the ultra pleasure (transfer times will be sufficiently long that the race remains accessible to all). 70km and 3500 vertical metres of pure joy will be on the menu for the expected 500 participants, who will get to ride the nicest trails that the Bévéra Valley has to offer, including several secret (and previously unseen-to- MTB) paths which have been especially reopened for the occasion after decades out of use. There will also be a big ol’ party on the Saturday night to ensure that the event’s atmosphere remains as fun and friendly as possible.


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