Seven days of the world’s biggest and toughest gravity enduro event kicks off tomorrow as the starting gun sounds on the 2012 Mavic Trans-Provence. Starting from Rochbrune in the Alps seventy riders, including elite level racers, World Champions and Olympians from every facet of the sport, will race to the coast at Monaco, competing for victory on special stages along the way.
Each day they’ll descent an average of over vertical 2,000m while powering themselves up around 1,500m. It takes fitness, endurance and technical skill, with riders as diverse as Adam Craig, Dan Atherton, Nico Vouilloz, Joe Barnes, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz and Mark Weir competing for the men’s title while the women’s field includes the legendary Anne Caroline Chausson, Hannah Barnes and Anka Martin.
It’s going to be a hell of race and we’ll be getting daily video updates and results as it happens. If you’re still failing to be excited, first check your pulse and then check out this video…
It’s that time of year again, It is time for the Fourth Mavic® Trans-Provence™. This year for the first time we are proud to have as our title sponsor Mavic® along side our co-sponsors of Fox and their UK distributor Mojo, Cannondale bikes and North Ridge outdoor camping and apparel. We’re also pleased to have the kind support of AndyStand and Cool Bus.
For those that don’t know, Mavic®Trans-Provence is the only multi-day gravity-orientated itinerant MTB enduro in the world. Seven days, 310km of riding 15,000 metres of descending 10,000 metres of climbing (each day has an uplift shuttle at some point) and 26 Special Stages.
This year, 70 riders from around the world are going to test themselves against some of the hardest terrain ever raced on. From Gap in Northern Provence to Monaco on the Mediterranean coast, riders of every discipline from World Cup downhill to world cup cross country mix with the new enduro specialists, first time racers and some just there for the adventure.All of them in their own way, whether pro or amateur, will be racing against the clock, against themselves and against each other. The Winner will have the best combination of technical riding ability and the fitness to take them over the seven gruelling days.
Returning veterans from last year and some would say with things to prove, we have.
Mark Weir from the USA (4th overall last year)
(Numerous times winner and retired world champion downhill racer) Nico Vouilloz from France (and 2nd overall last year )
Ben Cruz is back from the USA.He badly damaged his ankle last year on Day 4 and was unable to complete the race.
Last year’s winner and Enduro specialist Jerome Clementz from France is back to defend his title .
To take us through the week, a competitor from last year (3rd!) and another retired World Champion Downhiller and all-round good guy Fabien Barel will be with us to chat to riders, check out bikes and give us his in depth of knowledge of all things racing and to chat with this years competitors throughout the week.
The racing begins Sunday with the first of many video installment on your favourite MTB site on Monday. It’s going to be an amazing week of racing… stay tuned !
To wet your whistle and in way of a little introduction we’ve got Fabien getting himself prepared for this year’s event … (Don’t worry, he knows where the race is now and we’re sure he’ll be their on time.)