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The Road to the Megavalanche, the Ultimate Mountain Bike Race?

28 Jun 2011



A year ago Rob Spencer, Mountain Guide and Operations Manager at PYB, made a real mess of clearing a double at Llandegla and bust his shoulder. Previous serious accidents kayaking, skiing and climbing made Rob realise that getting back on the bike again might not be so easy and so he decided to set himself a challenge to focus the mind. Rob picks up the story.

.I knew that I was going to be a real wimp once it was time to get on the bike again and I was right! As soon as the terrain got steep or I had to get the wheels in the air I was really struggling . just scared basically. I decided I needed to go back to basics, learn how to ride properly, not just enthusiastically and to give myself a target. I chose the Megavalanche downhill race in Alp d.Huez. A mass start down a black ski run, 27 km with 2,500m of descent, total mayhem and apparently not to be missed. So I started training and booked some coaching because I clearly wasn.t good enough to survive the thing yet.
One year on and I.ve been coached by one of the French national squad coaches in Meribel, done uplift days at Innerleithen and Llangollen, pushed the bike up Helvelyn and Snowdon, rode with teenagers at secret trails in North Wales and the Peak District, even went winter training in Spain with a bunch of Finns. The full face helmet and body armour have been thoroughly crash tested so I.m ready to go. Then it will be back to the day job with a few weeks guiding in France and Switzerland followed by a swift return to see how the new MTB skills course at PYB is coming along. I guess I.ll be looking for a veterans pump track competition for 2012.

Everyone here at Plas y Brenin wish Rob the best of luck.






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