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The 2018 version of the Megavalanche at France’s Alpe d’Huez ski resort (the 23rd running) was just as wild as the rest of them. Race officials boast that between 1,500 and 1,700 enduro riders plowed down a glaciated ski run in controlled chaos. The mass start is one of the most unique–and carnage-inducing–aspects of this fantastic race that mixes snow with dirt trail further down the mountain.

French racer Damien Oton summed up his victory in the wild terrain perfectly: “I’m alive and so happy to take the win,” he wrote. “Not the best start but glad to survive the Glacier at more than 90kmh.”

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