‘Mountain of Hell’ Is Biggest Bike Wreck We’ve Ever Seen

The Mountain of Hell freeride downhill mountain bike race is a crazy 25km crash-fest. It starts with 700 people rolling at warp speed down a glacier. And this is where it all goes wrong.

Held annually at the Les Deux Alpes ski resort in France, the Mountain of Hell pits 700 racers against a 15-mile course of snow, ice, rocks, and singletrack. The riders descend 8,530 feet in the process. And what’s best is they all start at the same time. So when one rider loses it on the slippery glacier, well, it becomes a pinball machine at full tilt.

Miraculously, no injuries were reported in the scrum. So don’t hesitate to join yourself or send your kids — there’s a children’s version of the event!

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Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.