Video: The Nomads - Trans-Provence 2015

Jul 12, 2015 at 9:20
by The Nomads  
Views: 13,420    Faves: 40    Comments: 3

Arriving at Nice airport it was easy to find our assembly point. With bikes everywhere being put together and riders eagerly awaiting their shuttle north to Camp Zero. Among the crowd there were some familiar returning faces from the previous year and many new faces that were all excited for the adventure that lay ahead. Each year the route changes to keep things fresh and interesting at Trans-Provence. This year the route was one of the toughest but best yet! The route was 270km in length with 9000 meters of climbing and 17,000 meters descending (that's 17 vertical kilometres, or nearly 56,000 feet) over 24 stages and 6 days of racing. The key to a good week is pacing yourself, ride smooth and enjoy the adventure!

Trans-Provence 2015
Riders arrive at Nice airport from all over the globe, bikes are assembled and put on the trailers ready for the journey north to camp Zero where the route begins.

Day 1 kicked off with a gentle climb and un-timed descent into the next valley, unfortunately it wasn't able to be used as a race stage but I think everyone was ok that this descent wasn't on the clock. It was a good insight to how steep and technical the riding ahead of us can be. The view at the top was phenomenal.

Trans-Provence 2015
Riders navigate their way across this shale hillside between stages.The terrain you encounter along the route can be rugged at times. I think this was probably the only part Tracy Moseley didn't attempt to ride all week!

Trans-Provence 2015
Lunch break and a chance to take in our surroundings.

Trans-Provence 2015
The riding in Trans Provence is raw, there's no safety nets or fluffy pillows to land on, you've always got to keep your wits about you. This was a cool section of trail under an overhang along the cliffs edge. Don't look down….

Trans-Provence 2015
This was the start of Day 3. Riders make their way across the meadows to the first stage of the day from the shuttle drop.

Trans-Provence 2015
The dingo aka Dylan leads Claire Buchard through the grassy meadows

Trans-Provence 2015
Red sky at night, Shepherds delight and another hot day pedalling in the sun for us.

Trans-Provence 2015
Day 4, the final stage of the day was a monster with almost 1000 meters of descending. Riders share stories of their adrenaline filled runs, mechanicals and close calls.

Trans-Provence 2015
Riders utilizing all hours of the day to prepare their kit for the following day.

Trans-Provence 2015
Day 4 we descended into this small town. This small bar was open ready to serve riders as they came through. It wasn't long until there was no beer left...

Trans-Provence 2015
The legendary Scott Chapinator from the Santa Cruz factory aka switchback artist awakes from his slumber ready for a new day

Trans-Provence 2015
It's pretty exciting when you get your first glimpse of the Mediterranean ahead, a sign that the end is near.

Trans-Provence 2015
Some riders were well prepared and carried beach attire with them on the last day for when they reached the Med. Others just didn't care and chose to stay in their shammy, but everyone enjoyed a well deserved post race swim and a few cold brews that were waiting at the finish.

If you're in search of an adventure holiday in 2016, TP will not disappoint!

MENTIONS: @thenomadsmtb / @raceface / @ENVE / @GiroSportDesign


  • 35 3
 Why aren't they riding Nomads?
  • 12 3
 Because they rode 160 miles
  • 15 1
 But I thought the nomads were ENDURO race machines! capable of ENDUROING! are you telling me for actual ENDUROING I should not use a capable ENDURO race machine?
  • 2 9
flag TylerRae (Jul 14, 2015 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 Some are on nomads. The green ones..
  • 9 0
 pretty sure the green ones are bronsons
  • 3 0
 Thank you good sir. Smile your right
  • 9 1
 NO FLUFFY PILLOWS?!?! well, won't be entering this race anytime soon.
  • 10 3
 Looks like Cervelo bikes
  • 6 1
 those look like bronsons to mee
  • 1 0
  • 7 2
 And not one person was killed by a go pro on their head
  • 3 0
 It's a wonder people didn't get their bikes mixed up, what with all those identical Santa Cruz's racked up on the trailers.
  • 8 8
 "The riding in Trans Provence is raw, there's no safety nets or fluffy pillows to land on, you've always got to keep your wits about you."

And that's why you ride with your full face on your pack apparently...
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the great Vlog! The trail's don't appear to have much in the way of flow or traction though.
  • 4 0
 I guess you didn't watch the daily videos from the Trans Provence. From those the trails look absolutely stunning.
  • 1 0
 The trails varied wildly from day to day. The Trans-Provence video's definitely highlighted some of the great sections where as this video seemed to convey the rawness and technicality quite nicely. This video also shows some of the exposure that was on some of these trails. I would have to say it was a great mixture, but nothing with the flow of a purpose built bike park if that is what you are looking for. This is a true adventure point to point through some of the most beautiful, but rugged mountains. Dylan and Chris are super nice guys to boot.
  • 3 0
 DAMN. I really want to do such a race. Better lose 40 pounds....
  • 1 0
 where can I get one of those Race Face jerseys?
  • 8 0
 Race Face...
  • 4 1
 no you get em from easton
  • 2 0
 Shimano will definitely have them
  • 2 0
 Chain reaction usually selling rf cheap
  • 2 0
 Nah I'm pretty sure sram have them
  • 4 1
 They are gifted to you when you have your race face on.
  • 1 0
 Simply amazing!

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