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This year’s Mountain of Hell downhill mountain bike race truly lived up to its name, as hundreds of riders crashed on a nauseatingly steep drop in France’s Les Deux Alpes ski resort to create an horrific pile up.
The endurance mountain bike ride, this year held over June 28-30, saw around 700 riders navigate dizzying descents down icy cliffs and through rock and dirt, with a total vertical drop of 2,500m.
The riders were competing on the final lap of the annual race, a 25km leg beginning 3,400m above sea level at the top of a glacier – and that’s when all hell broke loose.
During the descent, a couple of riders at the front of the pack slid down the glacier and began to wobble, then began to lose their balance, then ultimately sprawled helplessly onto the snowy surface.