Rémy Absalon ended the 2014 season in the most beautiful way by winning the Reunion Island Megavalanche.
This weekend, Reunion Island welcomed the 20th Megavalanche race. During an entire week in the same “Holidays Village Corail”, riders could share their feelings concerning the dusty race track, the volcano or jungle runs, but also their bike specs or the 2015 program.
Every year Megavalanche is a nice way to conclude the season. Thus, all MTB disciplines were represented with enduro riders like Cedric Gracia (Santa Cruz), Nicolas Quéré (Commencal), Rémy Absalon (Scott SR Suntour) or DH pilots as Pierre-Charles Georges (Lac Blanc-Scott) the winner of Alpe d’Huez Mégavalanche, Florent Payet (Evil) or Thibaut Ruffin (Commencal). On the start line we saw XC riders too like Alexis Chenevier (Scott), winner of the famous Transvesubienne.
Rémy Absalon riding along the volcano
shooting session on the top of the Maido
Rémy on the volcanic rocks
Rémy and Alexis Chenevier testing their Genius LT
PHOTOS: Simon NIEBORAK
Saturday took place the qualifying rounds with an enduro format. In group of 4, riders rode in 4 stages from the Maido, going on the lava, through the jungle and sugar cane fields, and finishing on the stony and dry trails of the seaside under an oppressive heat.
Rémy won this day with 28s over the second rider.
Sunday, the 400 riders started the Mega with an impressive mass start. Nicolas Quéré did the holeshot and after 300m, Rémy took the lead. During 43min, Rémy was really focussed on his goal. First he took a big time advantage in the rocky lava section. Then he made sure to go to the finish line with a smooth and safe piloting in the technical jungle and the physical parts.
Finally, Rémy came first with a comfortable lead.
“I am really happy to end the season winning this famous race. The second part of the year was better. Megavalanche is always a goal and it very good to begin the winter in a positive spirit.”
SCOTT SR Suntour Enduro Team
Rémy proud to win his 5th Reunion Island Megavalanche