Video: Trans Provence 2019: Day 5

Jun 20, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

With the sea visible for the first time yesterday, riders must be able to smell the sea breeze as the opening shuttle took them from camp in Breil-Sur-Roya to the summit of Col de Tende. The opening liaison would follow the former World War One front line and a series of massive mountain fortresses that guarded the French-Italian frontier over a century ago.


A full dose of the Roya from the very top France's most Southeastern Valley, 100% new for Trans-Provence. Insane, wild, big mountain trails, tamed just enough by TP's indefatigable trail teams to be rendered raceable.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

Stage 17 took in some classic Trans-Provence high alpine, warp speed singletrack dropping the back into Tende for the liaison to Stage 18. Both rider and machine would be thankful for a shorter day after yesterday’s monster 61km, two-valley traverse.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

Day five leaned heavily towards the descent, with over four and a half kilometres of descending to test how well the riders are pacing themselves through the week.

Day five statistics:
Start: Breil-Sur-Roya
Finish: Breil-Sur-Roya
Distance: 54.34km
Ascent: 1465m
Descent: 4534m
No. of Special Stages: 4

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

Tracy Moseley reveled in the old school conditions, as did Steve Peat, both extending their leads to over seven minutes in the women’s and M40 category respectively.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

Romain Paulhan’s battle with Marco Osbourne heated up with the American taking back the lead now with only a single day and four stages remaining before we slip into the Mediterranean.

 during the 2019 Mavic Transprovence the original alpine MTB rally.

Day five results

Current Standings


14 Comments

  • + 3
 The trails are secret? No trailforks, no gps, gpx, Why?
  • + 3
 Ya know, you gotta know the right people. Ya know.
  • + 2
 well.... all these new technologies take away from the magic. the experience of finding trails via, word of mouth, ( talking to locals, or someone who's been there) or being shown a trail is much more rewarding and respectful of the land, and the people who built it.
  • + 4
 My understanding was that a lot of time and effort has been put in by Ash and the TP team to find, get permission and sympathetically repair the trail where necessary. Part of there business is trail holidays so it seems fair that as they have put the effort into it they get some reward out of it. Hence a condition of entering not to post track detail on line (Strava ect..)
www.mbr.co.uk/news/event_news/trans-provence-2019-375948

Worth a watch.

And yeah well done to all, hope no more injured before the TP finishes! And any one who is out of it due to injury... heal up quick!
  • + 2
 as much as strava, trail forks, and co have done for the mountain bike industry, they are not wholly good. for example, a friend of mine spent 10 years making a couple miles of sick trails for him and his friends to ride. then someone put them on strava and now his private trails are overrun.
  • + 4
 @JakinM: If it's not on your private property, they're not your private trails.
  • + 2
 @poqomchi: the trails are on his property and his neighbors property
  • + 0
 @poqomchi: Just keep in mind when a person or group builds a secret trail it's probably for good reason. It's also worth mentioning that people riding trails is good, but opening sensitive trails to every tom dick and harry can ultimately lead to nobody riding those trails and that is bad, especially for the people who have stewarded the trails. Your statement is one usually out the mouth of somebody who hasn't been part of a secret riding society, and its usually for good reason as well.
  • + 1
 @poqomchi: sounds like someone has never laboured on a sick trail before...
  • + 3
 Loïc finishing 5th not bad for a non-pro !
  • + 2
 Two Saffers, Gary and Daniel in the top 20. Well done guys.
  • + 2
 Way to go Marco! You're on fire!
  • + 1
 wait, did I hear that this is the last TP?
  • + 1
 Old School is still one bad mofo!!

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