Mavic Trans-Provence Day One: Video and Results

Sep 21, 2014 at 21:17
by Mavic HQ  


Day 1 - Clamensane to Digne - Distance: 39.15km

D+ : 1516m
D- : 2107m


Day One of this year’s Mavic Trans-provence. 39km on the map with a bit of up and down, it can’t be so tough right?

A few years ago this same days racing was nearly 62km. Veterans mumble about how the days are getting easier, and reminisce about the old days when things were tougher and how much easier competitors have it now.

Ask the same vets at the end of today whether it’s got easier and you hear a resounding “NO!”. With the same amount of climbing that you used to get spread over 62km jammed into just 39.15mm, it just makes for steeper days up and down. Being able to really spin uphill, is no use at all if you have to carry your bike for most of the climbs; so less distance, but still a classic Mavic® Trans-Provence day. Many people had a seven and eight hour day out on the hill today.

It’s not all slog, the usual array of starry eyed happy people are found at the feed station after Stage One and Two, and for Stage Four virgins the now legendary Donkey Darko ends in a combination of words that makes no sense, but clearly means they are happy!

So day one is done - people are tired, some of them are scraped, and some of them are bruised. Sven Martin has a suspected separated shoulder and there’s tales of teeth bouncing off bars. Lessons learned for some, and a race finished for others, and tomorrow is promised to be a brute.

Full Results.

Stay tuned.
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9 Comments

  • + 22
 Can we please have a bikes of the trans provence article, I would like to see what pro riders do diferent on their bikes for this longer competitions.
  • + 3
 Yeah, a bit too much emphasis on SC bikes only.
  • + 2
 That would be great, would be nice to see what all the competitors are riding, even the unknown riders there for an adventure as well as the pros
  • + 2
 Well the guy who is leading is on one of those impossible to turn 29" barges.
  • + 5
 isn't it nice to see people not being able to ride around hairpins ... just like me ;-)
  • + 5
 Looks epic
  • + 2
 3:43 is that a talking mannekin?? lol
  • + 2
 Clementz second right after his injury, amazing
  • + 1
 enduro. riveting

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