by Dave Anderson
October 4, 2013
News just in!
In a race to the finishing line, Nico Lau wins Trans Provence after six days of racing by 1 second! And Anka Martin wins the Women’s!
Day 6 Mavic® Trans-Provence 2013
Sospel -> Menton
The final day. A day of reckoning.
It’s actually a relatively short one by Mavic® Trans-Provence standards. A mere 40km long but it still manages to throw in nearly 1000m of climbing just when the riders’ legs could do without it.
For many riders, just hanging on to make it until the last day is enough. Many will have just come to compete with themselves. To see if they could finish. Others with grander expectations are now – due to a mechanical or a couple of wrong turns early on in the week – riding with altered intentions. Contenders become riders.
In this year’s Mavic® Trans-Provence what’s incredible is the closeness of the racing. After six days and more than 300km of mountain biking (with just over two hours of timed racing) at the start of this final morning there is only four seconds splitting the top two riders. Between third and fourth there’s only nine seconds.
Four seconds. That’s one slightly misjudged switchback. Or braking a couple of times a little harder than you needed to. Bare in mind that if Fabien Barel hadn’t had a mechanical on Day 4 he would have no doubt been within seconds of the first two today.
To race at this pace, at the top of the game, is about control. Taking calculated risks. Not pinch flatting. Conserving your bike (a brand new bike feels pretty old after a week here). Not to mention being fit enough to ride at your maximum every single day.
This applies to the mid-pack tussles further down the rider list with the more mortal riders that are still here to race each other. There’s almost certainly someone above you in the list that you can beat today. There’s also someone below you that can that can take back those precious seconds that you gained over them. It might only be a race between you and one other rider but after six days it seems vital.
Behind all this racing are the Mavic® Trans-Provence crew. The whole motley bunch of them. The drivers for the uplifts and for moving bikes.The campsite crew who make sure that when riders get to the camp at night the tents are ready, there’s chairs to sit in and the beers are on ice. An amazing team of chefs and helpers makes sure that everyone is fed three times a day. There’s a three course meal every night. There’s mountain staff that operate the timing devices at the bottom of stages and make sure that people get off the mountain safely every day and no one is left behind.
Our timing people that turn the data from the timing chips into numbers on the screen, there’s the lonely sweeper picking up every last route marker and bundling up the course tape. Once they’ve passed through there’s minimal sign that we’ve travelled through the country around us. And of course there’s the small army of camera wielding media types trying to make sure you get your daily online fix of Mavic® Trans-Provence by proxy.
The whole thing wouldn’t wouldn’t be possible without the Mastermind/Madman of it all: Ash Smith. Ash and his family. His partner Melissa helping out behind the scenes. His omnipresent father (and provider of “useful tips” to many a pro racer). Without those people the event would never happen at all.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this years coverage, keep your eye out for the highlights video over the next week, if you’ve enjoyed and you think your up to it why not apply when the entries open for next years event.
This Press Release isn’t going to tell you the results. Check the video. Enjoy the last day’s racing. You never know, there could have been a major upset today.
Until next year. À bientôt.
The Mavic® Trans-Provence Crew
|Name||Team||Category||Special Stage 21||Special Stage 22||Special Stage 23||Special Stage 24||Overall|
|BAREL Fabien||Canyon Factory Enduro Team / MAVIC||PRO||00:05:01 (2nd)||00:06:43 (2nd)||00:08:32 (1st)||00:03:35 (3rd=)||00:23:51 (1st)|
|LAU Nicolas||Cube Action Team||PRO||00:05:02 (3rd)||00:06:52 (4th)||00:08:36 (2nd)||00:03:32 (1st=)||00:24:02 (2nd)|
|CLEMENTZ Jérôme||Cannondale Overmountain / Mavic||PRO||00:04:59 (1st)||00:06:41 (1st)||00:08:52 (5th)||00:03:35 (3rd=)||00:24:07 (3rd=)|
|BAILLY-MAITRE François||BMC Trailcrew||PRO||00:05:05 (4th)||00:06:44 (3rd)||00:08:46 (3rd)||00:03:32 (1st=)||00:24:07 (3rd=)|
|KABUSH Geoff||Scott-3Rox Racing||PRO||00:05:10 (8th)||00:06:53 (5th)||00:08:57 (7th)||00:03:42 (7th=)||00:24:42 (5th)|
|COOPER Anton||Cannondale Factory Racing||PRO||00:05:15 (9th)||00:07:03 (6th)||00:08:50 (4th)||00:03:39 (6th)||00:24:47 (6th)|
|FUMIC Manuel||Cannondale Factory Racing||PRO||00:05:06 (5th)||00:07:07 (8th)||00:08:54 (6th)||00:03:42 (7th=)||00:24:49 (7th)|
|NICOLL Jamie||Santa Cruz Bicycles||PRO||00:05:07 (6th)||00:07:06 (7th)||00:09:11 (10th)||00:03:37 (5th)||00:25:01 (8th)|
|CRUZ Ben||Cannondale Overmountain / WTB||PRO||00:05:09 (7th)||00:07:16 (11th)||00:09:12 (11th)||00:03:54 (11th=)||00:25:31 (9th)|
|CRAIG Adam||Giant Factory Off-Road Team||PRO||00:05:28 (15th)||00:07:20 (12th)||00:09:09 (8th)||00:03:47 (10th)||00:25:44 (10th)|
|BALL Chris||AM||00:05:30 (19th)||00:07:15 (10th)||00:09:15 (12th)||00:03:46 (9th)||00:25:46 (11th)|
|GOLAY Florian||BMC Trailcrew||PRO||00:05:23 (12th)||00:07:10 (9th)||00:09:28 (14th)||00:03:57 (15th)||00:25:58 (12th)|
|WEIR Mark||Cannondale Overmountain / WTB||PRO||00:05:20 (10th=)||00:07:32 (15th)||00:09:10 (9th)||00:04:01 (17th)||00:26:03 (13th)|
|STOCK Alex||Kona||PRO||00:05:20 (10th=)||00:07:33 (16th)||00:09:30 (15th=)||00:03:56 (13th=)||00:26:19 (14th)|
|DICKERHOFF Maxi||Canyon Factory Enduro Team||PRO||00:05:25 (14th)||00:07:31 (14th)||00:09:32 (18th)||00:04:03 (18th=)||00:26:31 (15th=)|
|FARIN Guillaume||BMC Trailcrew||PRO||00:05:29 (16th=)||00:07:28 (13th)||00:09:36 (19th)||00:03:58 (16th)||00:26:31 (15th=)|
|PRUDENCIO Nico||Team Giant Chile||PRO||00:05:29 (16th=)||00:07:48 (24th)||00:09:21 (13th)||00:03:56 (13th=)||00:26:34 (17th)|
|KUPIAINEN Mikko||AM||00:05:33 (22nd=)||00:07:35 (17th)||00:09:30 (15th=)||00:04:06 (22nd)||00:26:44 (18th)|
|MARTIN Sven||Santa Cruz Bicycles||M40||00:05:24 (13th)||00:07:41 (19th)||00:09:46 (24th)||00:03:54 (11th=)||00:26:45 (19th)|
|GIBSON Nick||AM||00:05:29 (16th=)||00:07:44 (21st)||00:09:31 (17th)||00:04:03 (18th=)||00:26:47 (20th)|
|DOLA François||la Roue Libre||M40||00:05:39 (24th)||00:07:36 (18th)||00:09:39 (20th)||00:04:07 (23rd=)||00:27:01 (21st)|
|SOHKANEN Simo||AM||00:05:31 (20th=)||00:07:46 (22nd=)||00:09:43 (22nd)||00:04:12 (25th=)||00:27:12 (22nd)|
|THOMSON Stu||MTB Cut / Orange||AM||00:05:40 (25th=)||00:07:46 (22nd=)||00:09:45 (23rd)||00:04:03 (18th=)||00:27:14 (23rd=)|
|FAGERLI Ole Christian||AM||00:05:46 (28th=)||00:07:42 (20th)||00:09:41 (21st)||00:04:05 (21st)||00:27:14 (23rd=)|
|FERREIRA Afonso||AM||00:05:31 (20th=)||00:08:05 (25th)||00:09:51 (25th)||00:04:07 (23rd=)||00:27:34 (25th)|
|SCHWAB Tilmann||AM||00:05:40 (25th=)||00:08:18 (28th)||00:09:57 (26th)||00:04:12 (25th=)||00:28:07 (26th)|
|HAUKOM Tom||AM||00:05:33 (22nd=)||00:08:13 (27th)||00:10:16 (29th=)||00:04:20 (31st=)||00:28:22 (27th)|
|BOWMAN Joe||AM||00:05:59 (37th=)||00:08:11 (26th)||00:10:11 (28th)||00:04:16 (27th)||00:28:37 (28th)|
|KUENZLI Othmar||M40||00:05:58 (36th)||00:08:23 (31st=)||00:10:16 (29th=)||00:04:18 (30th)||00:28:55 (29th)|
|RIEBL Johannes||Orbea Enduro Crew||AM||00:05:43 (27th)||00:08:27 (34th=)||00:10:22 (32nd)||00:04:28 (40th=)||00:29:00 (30th)|
|ANGUS Paul||AM||00:06:01 (42nd=)||00:08:23 (31st=)||00:10:18 (31st)||00:04:24 (35th=)||00:29:06 (31st)|
|OCKELTON Will||Santa Cruz Bicycles||AM||00:05:49 (31st)||00:08:29 (37th)||00:10:41 (39th=)||00:04:17 (28th=)||00:29:16 (32nd)|
|AAS Øyvind||AM||00:05:56 (34th=)||00:08:53 (46th=)||00:10:10 (27th)||00:04:20 (31st=)||00:29:19 (33rd)|
|PATTERSON Matt||AM||00:05:51 (32nd)||00:08:21 (29th)||00:10:39 (37th=)||00:04:30 (44th=)||00:29:21 (34th)|
|RAMSAY Seb||M40||00:06:06 (47th)||00:08:22 (30th)||00:10:30 (34th)||00:04:25 (37th)||00:29:23 (35th)|
|MORAN Kevin||AM||00:06:01 (42nd=)||00:08:31 (39th)||00:10:35 (35th=)||00:04:17 (28th=)||00:29:24 (36th)|
|IMBS Raphael||TannenBike||M40||00:05:59 (37th=)||00:08:39 (42nd)||00:10:26 (33rd)||00:04:23 (34th)||00:29:27 (37th)|
|WAGHORN Jonny||M40||00:05:56 (34th=)||00:08:30 (38th)||00:10:39 (37th=)||00:04:24 (35th=)||00:29:29 (38th)|
|REITAN Gaute||AM||00:05:46 (28th=)||00:08:36 (41st)||00:10:44 (42nd=)||00:04:30 (44th=)||00:29:36 (39th)|
|SMAIL Paul||AM||00:05:47 (30th)||00:08:28 (36th)||00:10:56 (47th)||00:04:27 (39th)||00:29:38 (40th)|
|KELTON Tim||AM||00:06:08 (48th)||00:08:27 (34th=)||00:10:35 (35th=)||00:04:29 (42nd=)||00:29:39 (41st)|
|STEVENS Jon||AM||00:06:00 (40th=)||00:08:23 (31st=)||00:10:44 (42nd=)||00:04:34 (46th)||00:29:41 (42nd)|
|PERRY Lester||AM||00:06:00 (40th=)||00:08:50 (44th)||00:10:41 (39th=)||00:04:28 (40th=)||00:29:59 (43rd)|
|CANCELLIER Jon||SRAM||AM||00:06:04 (45th)||00:08:52 (45th)||00:10:41 (39th=)||00:04:26 (38th)||00:30:03 (44th)|
|MARTIN Anka||Juliana Bicycles||WMN||00:06:05 (46th)||00:08:35 (40th)||00:10:47 (45th)||00:04:44 (49th)||00:30:11 (45th)|
|CABELLO Rodrigo||M40||00:06:03 (44th)||00:09:16 (51st)||00:10:45 (44th)||00:04:22 (33rd)||00:30:26 (46th)|
|EMMETT Kelli||Giant Factory Off-Road Team||WMN||00:05:59 (37th=)||00:08:40 (43rd)||00:11:23 (51st=)||00:04:48 (51st)||00:30:50 (47th)|
|FAN Mickey||AM||00:06:22 (52nd)||00:08:53 (46th=)||00:11:13 (49th)||00:04:35 (47th)||00:31:03 (48th)|
|WATERMAN Andy||AM||00:06:21 (51st)||00:09:34 (54th)||00:11:01 (48th)||00:04:29 (42nd=)||00:31:25 (49th)|
|CALAM Jeff||AM||00:06:18 (50th)||00:09:03 (49th)||00:11:23 (51st=)||00:04:42 (48th)||00:31:26 (50th)|
|HORRIDGE Emily||Transition Bikes||WMN||00:05:54 (33rd)||00:09:55 (58th)||00:10:55 (46th)||00:04:45 (50th)||00:31:29 (51st)|
|HARRISON Luke||M40||00:06:10 (49th)||00:09:01 (48th)||00:11:25 (53rd)||00:04:56 (52nd)||00:31:32 (52nd)|
|RACING Plons||M40||00:06:28 (53rd=)||00:09:20 (52nd)||00:11:26 (54th)||00:05:16 (60th=)||00:32:30 (53rd)|
|DIEFFENTHALER Pauline||Cannondale / MAVIC||WMN||00:06:59 (62nd)||00:09:11 (50th)||00:11:18 (50th)||00:05:09 (58th)||00:32:37 (54th)|
|GJESSVAG Tony||AM||00:06:28 (53rd=)||00:09:33 (53rd)||00:11:48 (55th)||00:04:58 (53rd)||00:32:47 (55th)|
|BECKER Björn||M40||00:06:42 (57th)||00:09:40 (56th)||00:11:57 (56th)||00:05:00 (54th)||00:33:19 (56th)|
|SAPIN Nadine||la Roue Libre/Scott Contessa||WMN||00:06:49 (58th=)||00:09:39 (55th)||00:12:09 (57th)||00:05:07 (56th=)||00:33:44 (57th)|
|MACINNIS Ben||AM||00:06:40 (56th)||00:09:52 (57th)||00:12:33 (59th)||00:05:40 (63rd)||00:34:45 (58th)|
|SCHUELLER Jörg||M40||00:06:36 (55th)||00:10:18 (59th)||00:12:17 (58th)||00:05:38 (62nd)||00:34:49 (59th)|
|MARTIN Guti||AM||00:06:50 (60th)||00:10:26 (62nd)||00:13:04 (61st)||00:05:05 (55th)||00:35:25 (60th)|
|HUNTER Mary-Anne||Juliana Bicycles||WMN||00:06:49 (58th=)||00:10:23 (60th)||00:13:39 (62nd)||00:05:16 (60th=)||00:36:07 (61st)|
|JUNGFER Helmar||AM||00:06:54 (61st)||00:10:24 (61st)||00:13:48 (63rd)||00:05:14 (59th)||00:36:20 (62nd)|
|FOWLER Cooper||M40||00:07:05 (63rd)||00:10:38 (64th)||00:14:47 (65th)||00:06:00 (64th)||00:38:30 (63rd)|
|JORDAN Lee||AM||00:07:26 (65th)||00:10:59 (65th)||00:15:04 (66th)||00:06:19 (65th)||00:39:48 (64th)|
|TIFFIN Paul||AM||00:07:47 (66th)||00:11:35 (66th)||00:14:34 (64th)||00:06:30 (66th)||00:40:26 (65th)|
|SEPLAVY Todd||AM||00:07:07 (64th)||00:12:26 (67th)||00:15:22 (67th)||00:06:53 (67th)||00:41:48 (66th)|
|LJUNGDAHL Tomas||M40||00:17:51 (68th)||00:10:37 (63rd)||00:12:56 (60th)||00:05:07 (56th=)||00:46:31 (67th)|
|WEST Catherine||WMN||00:08:09 (67th)||00:13:05 (68th)||00:18:13 (68th)||00:07:30 (68th)||00:46:57 (68th)|