The Fight to the Frontline by Ben Winder

The Fight to the Frontline
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Available in two standard sizes and as a fine print.

The Megavalanche has perhaps the most iconic race start in the business. Here, Pic Blanc is covered in snow with hundreds of ant-like mountain bikers dropping in to one of the toughest races out there.

I was lucky enough to bag myself a seat in the event’s helicopter, albeit leaning over the event filmer and photographer wondering why I was the only one without a harness. I was ecstatic hanging out the side of the chopper, watching one of the most prestigious races from an angle experienced by very few. I was in awe of the mountains, the riders battling and the terrifying manoeuvres by the pilot.

An hour later, I was out of the helicopter, the race was over and I was sat on the side of the road waiting for a service bus to take me back to Alpe d’huez. At the Mega, even working as media is an adventure.

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CO-DIRECTOR: Ben Winder
CO-DIRECTOR: Mike Rose
CO-DIRECTOR: Victor Lucas
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Available in two standard sizes: 12″ x 16″ (30.48cm x 40.64cm) and 24″ x 36″ (60.96cm x 91.44cm)

Technical information: Our display prints are printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper using archival inks. We use Epson UltraChrome water based HDR ink-jet technology to ensure fantastic final print.

  • 10 mil (0.25 mm) thick
  • Paper weight: 7.67 oz/y² (260 g/m²)
  • Slightly glossy
  • Fingerprint resistant

Framing options: You can take your print to your local framing store, and they will be able to help you with getting your print framed.

For a cheaper DIY option Ikea have plenty of frame options. We would recommend buying the RIBBA frame.

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Fees and duties on non-UK deliveries: If you are ordering outside the UK, please be aware you may have to pay tax, duties or other fees on delivery. We use a professional fulfilment company to help ensure smooth postage and prepare any necessary paperwork, but since Brexit on 1 Jan 2021, some EU and even rest of world customers have reported having to pay a (seemingly random) fee on delivery. This has never happened before and should not be happening, but for the time being there doesn’t seem to be a solution to the problem. Sorry for any confusion or complications during this period of unprecedented change – we hope Britain and the countries it exports to will soon smooth out any issues.

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