The Saab Salomon Avalanche Trophy is probably one of the best tests of all round mountain bike abilities together with fitness, stamina, endurance and being able to slide down a French glacier on your arse. (That'll be stage 3, the Megavalanche then)

Five races across Europe, each demanding different skills, generally on a medium travel bike, with the overall winner walking off...driving off in a brand spanking new Saab car.

Not only that, the top 15 will share 8000 Euros per stage.

Will anyone be able to beat last years winner, Remy Absalon? Does Remy really need two Saab cars?

For more info check the Avalanche Cup webber here.

Here's this years dates:

Saab Salomon Avalanche Trophy 2009 stages:

1st Stage – Kielder (UK) – Avalanche Enduro 26/27 April

2nd Stage – Vallnord (AND) – Maxiavalanche 13,14 June

3rd Stage – Alpe d’Huez (FR) – Megavalanche 10,11,12/July

4th Stage – Are (SWE) – Maxiavalanche 29,30 August

5th Stage – Flims (CH) – Maxiavalanche 3,4 October

Last years winner Remy Absalon looking really really happy with his new car. I think he wanted it in Blue.

dates released for the SAAB SALOMON AVALANCHE TROPHY 2009, possibly the ultimate mountain bike race series