Pauline Ferrand-Prevot has clearly done a lot of technical work during its offseason. The French cross-country superstar won the 2021 Reunion Island Megavalanche this weekend. While Ferrand-Prevot winning a race is rarely a surprise, the Megavalance is a mass start downhill race – and a far cry from the usual French cross-country skills.
It’s a solid victory for Ferrand-Prevot. She was the subject of very public criticism for her technical handling following the Olympic mountain bike race in Tokyo in 2021. Ferrend-Prevot was in contention for the victory before a series of technical difficulties brought her down. lose contact with Jolanda Neff. Neff, renowned for her skills on the bike, took the win while PFP disappeared from the podium.
To win, Ferrand Prevot had to stay ahead of the permanent threat of the Enduro World Series women’s podium: Melanie Pugin. After moving from e-enduro races to major EWS events, Pugin was in contention for the overall title of the series.
As a cross-country skills training effort, the Megavalanche RÃ©union seems ideal. The first two minutes are pedal heavy meaning the riders would be in the red by the time they reach the next half hour of rocky and technical descents. Short, punchy climbs dotted throughout keep the lungs searing like it’s an XC race.
If you want to get an idea of ââwhat a Megavalanche Reunion race looked like, Wyn Masters posted their full 40 minute race. New Zealand downhill and Enduro World Series rider finished fifth after becoming entangled in a crash with cross-country World Cup legend Julien Absalon.