Tour de France cyclists aren’t the only ones piling up in gruesome crashes. Downhill mountain bikers competing in Megavalanche — a race that starts at an elevation of 11,000 feet in the French Alps — rarely stayed upright for long as they tried to traverse the half-frozen mountain terrain. Making the race even more difficult, while most downhill contests use staggered starts for each racer, Megavalanche sent off the entire field at once, resulting in wipe-outs mere seconds after it began.
The carnage was captured by Polygon racer Jamie Nicoll, who starts his run crashing into a fallen cyclist after narrowly avoiding several others already on the ground. This year's course had less snowpack than usual, making for faster conditions that were also harder to control. Nicoll, despite dropping again around the 1:40 mark, actually managed to get up and finish in a respectable seventh place.
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