Trans-Provence 2015 - A Week of Friendships Forged

Jun 28, 2015
by Irmo Keizer  
After six days of intense riding through the Maritime Alps of the Provence, riders rolled onto the beach in Menton. Smiles and beer replace grimaces of pain as many suffered in the last days to make it this far. The experience that is the Trans-Provence manifests itself in one final display of cheers, happiness and beer as riders plunge into the mediterranean, cooling their bodies in the azure blue waters. Huge congrats to all riders, crew, media, support, doctors, organizers and everyone involved in this beast of an event. Shout out to the victors of the 2015 edition Nico Lau and Tracy Moseley! A photo recap to round it all off:

Trans-Provence 2015.
Beauty to behold. The mountain races riders cross keep amazing.

Trans-Provence 2015.
There's a church to be found everywhere.

Trans-Provence 2015.
Warp speed in the woods.

Trans-Provence 2015.
Discuss the battle plan prior to each start.

Practice your carry techniques should you plan to enter this event. Beautiful downhill singletracks await on the other side but some mountain sides can only be conquered on foot.
Practice your carrying techniques should you plan to enter this event. Beautiful downhill singletracks await on the other side, but some mountain sides can only be conquered by foot.

Each day in the Trans-Provence is a journey. Cramming in your breakfast at 6 AM nursing your bike back to life and setting your aching body to ride for another day. Yet when you are rewarded on one of the hardest days with views like this how could you ever not enjoy it.
Each day of the Trans-Provence is a journey. Cramming in your breakfast at 6 AM, nursing your bike back to life and setting your aching body to ride for another day. Yet when you are rewarded on one of the hardest days with views like this, how could you ever not enjoy it?

Tracy Moseley Anka Martin and Rachael Walker take a break after a long descent. Atmosphere among riders is amazing as this week forges borderless friendships.
Tracy Moseley, Anka Martin and Rachael Walker take a break after a long descent. The atmosphere among riders is amazing as this week forges borderless friendships.

Riders await transfer to the camp high up in the mountains enjoying cold drinks and sharing stories.
Riders await transfer to the camp high up in the mountains, enjoying cold drinks and sharing stories.

Transferring from rock slabs to loose dusty corners. One special many surprises.
Transferring from rock slabs to loose, dusty corners. One special, many surprises.

A mars like landscape provides an amazing sight but the red dust proved slippery.
A mars like landscape provides an amazing sight, but the red dust proved slippery.

Rocks line the course of the Grey Earth special as Ryan Walsch races down.
Rocks line the course of the Grey Earth special as Ryan Walsch races down.

Riders wait atop a mountain ridge during a very long liaison along the Mercantour park.
Riders wait atop a mountain ridge during a very long liaison along the Mercantour park.

This liason between stage one and two on the border of the Mercantour parc was nothing short of breathtaking. How ever hard the Trans-Provence is you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of these remote areas.
This liason between stage one and two on the border of the Mercantour Parc was nothing short of breathtaking. However hard the Trans-Provence is, you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of these remote areas.

What goes down must come up. This particular liaison kept going and going. After a long fireroad climb only the most powerful and fit could continue climbing on bike through the forest singletrack only to encounter the next obstacle forced them to get off.
What goes down, must come up. This particular liaison kept going and going. After a long fire road climb, only the most powerful and fit could continue climbing on the bike through the forest singletrack - until they encountered the next obstacle that forced them to get off.

Sam Needham making his way down Col des Champs in the early morning.
Sam Needham making his way down Col des Champs in the early morning.

Meandering loamy trails offer a welcome change after a long hard transfer towards this timed section.
Meandering loamy trails offer a welcome change after a long, hard transfer towards this timed section.

A lone rider makes his way across one of the most treacherous transfers during day two of the Trans-Provence. A tiny trail set up on a slippery steep hillside. This is not a place to take a misstep.
A lone rider makes his way across one of the most treacherous transfers during day two of the Trans-Provence. A tiny trail set up on a slippery steep hillside. This is not a place to take a misstep.

A day of racing comes to an end as media enjoys the spacious last auberge. Photos and videos are being prepped and sent over shabby internet lines. A rider s day is long yet this crew s work is far from finished as they roll into the finish each day.
A day of racing comes to an end as media enjoys the spacious last auberge. Photos and videos are being prepped and sent over shabby internet lines. A rider's day is long, yet this crew's work is far from finished as they roll into the finish each day.

The route of the Trans-Provence takes you across mountains lined with ancient villages.
The route of the Trans-Provence takes you across mountains, lined with ancient villages.

Kerstin s new found traildog friend joined the riders all the way up and over the mountain. The dog appreciated the feedzone as much as the riders.
Kirstin's new found trail dog friend joined the riders all the way up and over the mountain. The dog appreciated the feed zone as much as the riders.

Matti Lehikoinen blew his tyre off half way in to the special kept riding down on his rim on a pace few will be able to follow. Further down he was forced to stop and take his tyre out running down the remainer of the stage on foot. Never give up. Hell yeah Matti.
Matti Lehikoinen blew his tyre off half way into the special, kept riding down on his rim on a pace few will be able to follow. Further down he was forced to stop and take his tyre out, running down the remainder of the stage on foot. Never give up. Hell yeah Matti.

Matti Lehikoinen walks into the feedstation at Lantosque.
Matti Lehikoinen walks into the feed station at Lantosque.

With high temperatures and a blazing sun riders dehydrate quickly.
With high temperatures and a blazing sun, riders dehydrate quickly.

The mediterranean is within sights.
The Mediterranean is within sight.

Davis English had a battle of his own during the Trans-Provence. A crash and some bad luck saw him move backwards in the ranking but he was back on it in the finals. Well done.
Davis English had a battle of his own during the Trans-Provence. A crash and some bad luck saw him move backwards in the ranking, but he was back on it in the finals. Well done.

Setting off for a final day off work media and TP mountain crew bath in golden light.
Setting off for a final day off work, media and TP mountain crew bath in golden light.

May it be clear which way to go for the beach.
May it be clear which way to go for the beach.

Fabien Barel joined for the last two days enjoying his home trails and catching up with crew and riders.
Fabien Barel joined for the last two days, enjoying his home trails and catching up with crew and riders.

Canada s Genevieve Baril making her way down a rock chute in one of the last specials of this year s edition.
Genevieve Baril making her way down a rock chute in one of the last specials of this year's edition.

Tracy Moseley charged hard all week yet never stopped smiling.
Tracy Moseley charged hard all week, yet never stopped smiling.

Anka Martin may not have been able to retain her crown from last year but considering how dominant Tracy Moseley has been at the EWS holding her to within a minute over a week of racing is more than a litte impressive.
Anka Martin may not have been able to retain her crown from last year, but considering how dominant Tracy Moseley has been at the EWS, holding her to within a minute over a week of racing is more than a little impressive.

Nico Lau charges in the final day of the 2015 Trans-Provence.
Nico Lau charges in the final day of the 2015 Trans-Provence.

One more time. One more clock out. One final push.
One more time. One more clock out. One final push.

Menton baby.
Menton baby.

Post-rae rehydration for the victor...
Post-race rehydration for the victor...

Claire Buchar gets the party started.
Claire Buchar gets the party started.

Your victors. Which means every single person on this photo.
Your victors. Which means every single person on this photo.

Men's podium:
1. Nicolas Lau
2. Jamie Nicoll
3. Chris Johnston

Women's podium:
1. Tracy Moseley
2. Anka Martin
3. Claire Buchar

Full results here.


MENTIONS: @ikeizer, @SamNeedham, @mavic



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38 Comments

  • 19 0
 Will the videos be compiled into a single film? This would be well worth it, they were ace and would watch really well as a whole film IMO.
  • 15 0
 There will be a highlights video soon. Lars is working on it, but we're all a 'bit' tired after a loooooong week. Coming though.
  • 12 0
 No doubt, I mentioned in another comment how about the work you must have had to put in to turn around the videos every day. Lars deserves a break! And a raise!
  • 3 0
 Cheers Alex Smile
  • 14 0
 Haha, thanks Alex! I'll create a compilation video of the whole event next week, should be online around 8 july. But as Irmo said after an 100-hour workweek and an average of 4hrs sleep per day we first need a bit of rest Smile
  • 8 0
 That is astonishing and that the result is so high quality is mind-blowing good job guys
  • 16 0
 Nice to so see Matti there !!
  • 2 0
 yeah and impressive he got a podium after his wheel broke down! good effort!
  • 3 0
 @reverend you should definitely do it, even if not the event. go there find a guide, take some mates and talk to Ash who runs it for some tips. he's pushing to put sospel on the map. we rode there 4 days and seen 2 other riders on trail, only a few hikers and a few guys on bikes in the town. amazing scenery, steep unrelenting trails that are mostly easy to find from a map and endless smiles. no braking bumps either, all natural and challenging terrain.
  • 1 0
 @dukemasterpro Now this sounds like a dream come true. I live near mountains that have great terrain, but to do this in FRANCE would be amazing. I've been to Asia more times than I can count (used to live in Japan and Korea) but have yet to travel to Europe (or down-under for that matter). Would love to ride in as many places as possible before I shoot-through. Thanks for the insight.
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike you have the wrong overall results. You considered just the last day. These are the right results:http://www.trans-provence.com/results2015/overall/after_day6.html
  • 1 0
 Hi Alexander, you are right and it has already been submitted to the mods a while ago. These are final day rankings.
  • 3 0
 In the fourth picture, that's my dad and I making a game plan together on Father's Day! No better way to celebrate! Thanks for the awesome shot!
  • 4 0
 Atta boy davis, so pumped for you bro!
  • 1 0
 I just want to give a HUGE shout-out to my friend Geneviève Baril who made it in one of the pictures and finished 4th!! She's a full time ER doc and awesome person to booth. And an equally badass mountain biker.
  • 2 0
 Another win for Nico on a Cube, I just got back from Wales with mine and it's epic ! Best bike I've ever had.
  • 3 0
 Coverage has awesome. Very cool race.
  • 2 0
 a dream come true, only comparable to Andes Pacifico in Chile!!!
  • 1 0
 Heard great stories about that one!
  • 2 0
 Crossmax enduro shoes everywhere, everywhere!
  • 2 0
 EVERYWHERE !
  • 1 0
 Invasion of the yellow feet riders
  • 2 0
 where did Davis English he get that white Fox36 ?
  • 1 0
 He is sponsored by fox, so i would guess from fox.....
  • 1 0
 Duh...
  • 1 0
 It's top secret product testing @freerabbit, we're trying to determine who would notice first... you win! - davis
  • 2 0
 Best pic ever, fine location, realy good riders. Thank´s
  • 2 0
 Seriously, could this be any more awesome!? Because I can't think how.
  • 2 0
 Congrats to Jamie Nicole. Can you teach me how to ride better please?
  • 2 1
 This is what enduro is! Looks like such a rad event
  • 2 0
 It is a rad event without a doubt. Must do. Great atmosphere, stunning locations and trails plus an excellent organisation.
  • 1 0
 Must do. I would love to do this too. With the results page listing times for approximately 80 riders total, this will remain an un-checked bucket list item for most of us... now, how can I work to be one of those few!?!
  • 1 0
 @reverend you'll have to try enlisting 'on the second' which gives you a small chance. Alternatively, a guided tour is the closest thing to it...
  • 2 0
 Must work to make friends in the area. Provence always looks so appealing, the trails amazing. May have to start a Provence travel account...
  • 2 0
 What a beautiful country
  • 2 0
 That first pic!!
  • 2 0
 ..and the 10th, the 12th and my fave the 16th. Wanna ride them all Smile
  • 1 1
 Matti rocking a RB lid

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