All eyes will no doubt be on Lenzerheide this weekend as the enthralling World Cup season speeds towards its finale, but we shouldn’t forget another very prestigious event in the mountain bike calendar on Sunday – the Megavalanche.
Take 1,500 riders, the Alpe D’Huez glacier and some dodgy European techno and you’ve got a recipe for absolute carnage. The riders charge down the mountain like wildebeest fleeing a pack of lions and given the conditions there are very few who will manage to stay on two wheels the entire time – painful for those involved, but great armchair viewing for us back at home.
Here are the best crashes in the history of the Megavalanche:
1. Rene Wildhaber
Rene “Mr Megavalanche” Wildhaber may be a six time winner of the event but he misjudged it in 2012 as he attempted to fly down the inside like Senna at his peak. unfortunately the move didn’t quite come off and set off a chain reaction that, frankly, left everyone lucky to be alive.
Most amazing of all, Wildhaber went on to finish 18th despite this huge smash.