The Mountain of Hell is back for its 20th edition, this time with a Clash of the Titans theme, on June 28th-30th 2019. The event attracts around 700 riders each year and has been hugely popular since its debut in 1999.
The Sunday final’s epic 25km run begins on the glacier at 3400m. The course descends on snow, rock and then dirt trails to the resort, where a brief urban section leads to the steep, twisty track to Venosc. The finish at 900m gives a total vertical drop of 2500m.
The mountain biking takes place over three days: Friday is for practice, Saturday for qualification and Sunday for the race itself. The qualification day serves to determine the start order but all entrants get to start the main race the following day. With a 700-strong mass start, being near the front is a must for those wanting a shot at a top ten finish. For the rest of the field, having the right position in the start should mean spending less time stuck behind a slower rider or holding up the faster ones.
Entry to the race costs €103 euros per person, including a three-day mountain bike lift pass and insurance. With a French mountain bike license (which comes with club membership) the price is reduced to €79 without insurance. It is possible to book the event entry online.