The Grand8 is a time ranked long-distance e-mountain bike event that will be taking place on July 7th & 8th, 2022.
The star race of the Super8 event, reserved for experts and the eMTB elite in the form of a 2-day tour of La Plagne with 1 night in a bivouac on top of Fornelet in la Plagne Montalbert, starting and finishing in Montchavin les Coches.
The race totals 100 km and 5697 of elevation gain on 2 days !
The Grand8 is THE ultimate e-mountain bike race. Taking you further on and higher up, surpassing your limits, the Grand8 is the promise of riding the most secret trails in the most beautiful places in La Plagne. On a course that has been especially studied for e-mountain bikes, with more than 90% on single tracks, each rider can fully exploit the capacities of his machine on the climbs and the descents. Rapid climbs in the forests, steep, technical trails in the high mountain areas, ridges with unsurpassed panoramic views and enduro descents will make up the unforgettable 2-day Grand8 cocktail.
The race is limited to 50 cyclists selected on the basis of their sporting CV.
Day 1: The race will start in Montchavin les Coches, after a few turns of the wheel, direction the singles in the forest to go up to touch the mountain pastures. The terrain will then become more brittle and technical, under the eye of the Vanoise Glaciers perched at over 3000m. Then comes the “beauty-shot” moment on a breathtaking ridge line. But no time to linger because you will have to climb downhill to reach the Bois de Tincave. Then, the singles of the slopes of Jovet will lead you to this mythical summit. From there, you will have to cross a new ridge, with Mont Blanc in sight to arrive at the bivouac site at the Sommet du Fornelet in La Plagne Montalbert.
Bivouac: you have probably understood that, after the amazing day on your bike, the idea is to keep on impressing you. Everything will be done to offer you a warm welcome and make sure that you can make the most of the majestic location: we will transport your belongings from the starting point and provide a tent, bike washing areas, mechanical workshop, supervised bike area, quality catering, festive atmosphere etc. In short, we take care of everything!
Day 2: The decisive day, the one where you will have to give your all to win. Leaving the bivouac you will set off for a descent of 900m of negative elevation to Aime. The thighs already tried will have to be full of resources for a climb on the “Versants du Soleil” side, crossing some of the most typical villages of the region. A fast, technical and famous descent (according to all those who have ridden it) will lead again into the valley. From there, a few flat turns of the wheel followed by singles in the forest to finish on the final descent to Montchavin les Coches, the end point of this epic. This is where pilots who have been able to combine technique, mastery of effort … and battery power will be rewarded!
LOGISTIC OF THE RACE
To compete in the Grand8, you must have 2 batteries of minimum capacity 500Wh each.
There will be a change of battery in the middle of each stage. The organisers will have your spare battery brought to the changing location and charge it for the change on the 2nd day. A recharging stand will be available at the bivouac location to charge the one you have used in the second part of the 1st day and will use to start the 2nd stage the next day.
The bivouac site is fully equipped with all the technical commodities you will need for yourself and your bike. These include a repair stand with a mechanic, a washing station, a supervised bike park and a battery charging stand!
Once the first stage is over, there is no more stress! Your personal belongings for the night have been brought over by the organisers, with tents and mattresses ready for a restful night. All you need to do is relax after a hot shower and enjoy a copious, convivial meal and some live music!
The categories and raking :
The categories for the Grand8: 500Wh battery & 600Wh battery with a women’s and men’s ranking for each.
There will be a stage ranking and an overall ranking after the 2 days with prize money for the winners of the overall ranking.