15/02/2008 | by Onboard
La Grave, 16 January 2008 Few events in the world has since 20 years (!) united so many riders from all over the planet to meet up for three days of riding, meeting friends, music, art party and work shops.
The Derby de la Meije was created 1989 by Sylvain Admirat. 63 competitors participated in the first Derby de la Meije, 17 March 1989. Nowadays, no less than 800 – 1000 riders meet up for this unique occasion.
Race day 4 April:
A maximum of 1000 riders from all over the planet start at the top of the ski area in La Grave (3550m) with only one goal on their mind, to find the fastest line down. The Derby de la Meije is unique in the world, open to all experienced riders, professional or amateur, skier, snowboarder, telemarker, monoskier or any other sliding object! The fastest racers will blast off and finish 1800 vertical metres further down with a crazy time of less than five minutes. The more laid back competitor will enjoy the run and admire the magic landscape… It could take at least two hours to get down the mountain!
The days before the race 2-3 April:
Everyone can participate in different workshops like:
* Learn to wax your board / skis held by SWIX
* Crevasse rescue organised by PETZL
* Freeriding in the La Grave ski area
* Speed riding in the La Grave ski area
Events in the Village:
* Street shows
* Photo and extreme sports film shows
* Presentation of the support the Derby is giving in Tibet
* Presentation and slide show of the 20 years of the Derby
* Exhibition with all the poster contest contributors
* Concerts, Dj’s
Winner of the Poster Contest:
Since the start the official poster of the Derby de la Meije has attracted collectors from all over the world. For its 20th edition, the Derby de la Meije organised its fourth juried poster contest. Derby skier Claudine Vernay from France won the poster contest against 188 other competitors (!) with the poster above.The poster will be the official image of the 20th Derby de la Meije. The artist wins 700€ and is invited to the event. All 189 poster contributions will be exhibited in La Grave during the event.
Download poster in high resolution: http://www.derbydelameije.com/presse/affiche_20_eme_Derby_RVB.jpg
For more information on the race and to register for the race:
Registration fee: 65 €. Helmet is compulsory.