Mavic Trans-Provence Day Four: Video and Results

Oct 2, 2013 at 17:37
by Mavic HQ  


Day 4 Mavic® Trans-Provence 2013
Guillaumes - Valdeblore


So today the shock horror news is … we have had cable car uplift for the first time at Mavic® Trans-Provence 2013.

Before you either smash your internet communication device in disgust that we've "sold out", or whoop that we've finally caught up with the rest of the world; apart from a bit of uplift being replaced by a cable car over a van, today was everything that we've known to come and love about Mavic® Trans-Provence. With perhaps one of the longest, most technical, all natural, on sight trails that we've had since the inaugural event in 2009.

Before we carry on with today's journey, we should mention the inevitable that comes from pushing hard on trails: Injuries. Firstly all at Mavic® Trans-Provence wish Vadim Savelyev a speedy recovery, who did a great job of landing on his head today during one of the bike park Special Stages and was more than a little concussed, and to Fay Cunningham who's broken her hand and is out for the rest of the race.

Special mention must also go to Mark Weir, who has also broken his hand, but has decided to carry because "it only really hurts on the downhill" ... Ok.

The first half of today made use of two of last year's Special Stages, one as a timed Stage and the second the stunning ravine that ends on a balcony trail high above the medieval town on Roubion.

From Roubion riders made their way to the ski lifts, and to two Special Stages in the Roubion bike park built around the winter ski resort. Mavic® Trans-Provence has chosen to use the more natural feeling trails, with only the bottom section of the third Special Stage of today using some of the bike parks step-downs and wooden booters…

After a third ride up, the lift riders traversed across the valley crossing high mountain passes; including incredibly fast "pick it and stick it", multi option sheep track at warp speed that would be dangerous if it was timed on a Special Stage, and short tech climbs before they reached the final Special (Special Stage 16) of the day.

It's hard to describe in any sensible way, the length and the arduousness of the trail - losing over 1000m vertical, it involved being able to interpret the trail in front of you quickly, being able to understand route directions at break neck speeds, combined with some kind of telepathy to understand which way the trail was about to turn when hitting the ancient unused olive terraces that punctuate the top part of the trail.

It seems that not many of riders have the sixth sense, judging by the amount of them that were seen catapulting over various ancient walls and bushes.

Once past all that is ancient, the trail threw riders down increasingly steepening switchbacks until their brakes or upper body gave out; followed by combinations of wafer thin highly exposed singletrack or short bursts of very steep climbs, before finally finishing on a balustrade trail high above a river.

How big and hard is it? Jerome Clementz took 18.31 to finish the stage, with riders like Adam Craig taking 22 minutes, and he's no slouch.

Day 4 Results.

Overall Standings after 4 Stages.

A huge day tomorrow with two new stages and only only 20 seconds between the top two riders…

Stay Tuned!


24 Comments

  • 15 0
 LMAO@ the guy screaming while riding from the dog. That surely made his time a bit faster in that stage lol. Damn big looking dog tho
  • 4 0
 Was it a dog? I thought it was a polar bear Smile
I think i know where Lau get one second gap in front of Clements hehe
  • 1 0
 Great Pyrenees Mountain dog
  • 2 0
 They are called "Patou", they are protecting a flock of sheep against any threat (Wolf, Mountain Biker......).
I would have screamed too ^^ I'm sure he did a good time being chased like this !
  • 1 0
 I used to have a Patou, here they are often called Great Pyrenees. I loved that dog, best dogs ever. I miss my polar bear.
  • 6 0
 Mark Weir is the man. Might as well have said 'It only hurts on the parts that count!' He's been one of my favorite riders for a long time. Such a cool dude.
  • 3 0
 This is why I love mountain bikers. Mark Weir probably doesn't make near the money pro ball players do, but still competes with a broken hand! Pro ball players can have a hangnail on their non-throwing hand and be on the DL for months and still get paid an obscene amount of money.
  • 4 0
 What was he drawing in that note book?....
  • 5 0
 Looked like a massive dong.
  • 2 0
 Yeeah Clementz!! although I do highly doubt this is a surprise for anybody, Jerome Clementz this year is like Aaron Gwin was last year!
  • 3 0
 haha, the guy being chased by the dog had a great reaction! Can't say mine would be any different
  • 3 0
 Good job Matt Patt, 26th so far, way to represent the PNW!
  • 1 0
 I was lucky enough to do some riding around Roubion. Awesome to ride, but it would be pretty crazy to race without ever having seen the trails.
  • 1 0
 This race seems super fun, and the lack of full face helmets makes the race seem more chill. I wish I could take part in it. Eric
  • 1 0
 Loving the trans provence videos this year, What do the rules say about getting on course assistance, even it is a dog making you go faster !!
  • 1 0
 i would like to know what have they got in their back packs some looked really heavy and the dog chasing the rider haha .
  • 2 0
 Good work Anton!!! World Cup xc dominator and now currently 5th in this
  • 1 0
 Fab giving advice on sketchy corners. Just to be in that timing group would have been enough for me to go home happy.
  • 1 0
 And the Bistrot de pays in Roubion, amazing local foods, must stop fuel up station.
  • 1 0
 Don't worry bout my unleashed 90 pound dog running all over the race track. Its OK.
  • 1 0
 yeah it's where I ride at home, good place for one day
  • 1 0
 What happened to Barel on the last stage? Puncture?
  • 1 0
 I wish fast recovery to every rider who crashed today!
  • 1 0
 Great recap.

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