The air is thin, the early morning sun hot on your wrists as you twist the grip on your handlebars.
Ahead is an alien terrain, a desert in the clouds. Around you is a whooping cacophony of riders in their hundreds.
The air lacks oxygen, it’s thick with nerves, maybe even fear. The moment arrives before you expect it and the nervous energy rises.
The hairs on your nape jolt upright. The time has come. Your heart thuds. The pedal goes down. Here we go.
The Megavalanche, taking place from 8 to 14 July in Alpe d’Huez, is one of the most adrenaline-charged cycling events in the world, and its statistics make for some chilling reading.
Check out our infographic on this year’s event, as we highlight exactly why taking part in the Megavalanche is the world’s most bonkers mass start event, and the most intense experience you can have on two wheels.