by Wil Barrett
November 1, 2016
While we recently suggested that the Andes Pacifico Enduro might be the most exclusive mountain bike race in the world, it would appear that the Mavic Trans-Provence has it stumped. Just 65 places are available to the public for the 2017 event, making it one of the hardest races to get an entry for. And what doesn’t help the matter is that this event LOOKS INCREDIBLE.
But then again, we’re sure there would be worse ways to spend six days of your life than riding in the French alps descending nearly 20,000 vertical metres on incredible backcountry singletrack. Sounds rubbish right? Maybe this photo spread from the 2016 event will convince you otherwise then…
Get ready folks! Entries open this Thursday November 3rd for Mavic Trans-Provence 2017. What was the World’s first point-to-point Enduro stage event has, over the years, opened up a new frontier to gravity-fuelled excitement and wild, on-sight racing. This, the 9th edition promises to be no exception: 24 stages of natural singletrack descent (a total of almost 20,000m descending in total) through big mountains and hugely varied terrain from Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes to Menton on the Côte d’Azur.
For those who would like to join 2017’s epic journey, 65 publicly available race places will be up for grabs from 00:00:00 CET at the start of this Thursday November 3rd, 2016. Information on how to apply for entry can be found here: http://www.trans-provence.com
And here’s what your €1795 gets you:
- 6 full days of riding and racing on natural Alpine singletrack. Approximately 10000m vertical ascent and almost 20000m vertical descent.
- Bonus prologue stage if you are able to arrive a full day early
- Multiple daily trail shuttles (allowing the amount of descent to be double that of ascent)
- 7 or 8 nights of tented village accommodation (we provide and setup all the kit, you just ride, eat and sleep)
- Unlimited neutral bike tech assistance from Mavic’s famous “Service Course”
- 4 meals per day from the best catering team on the European bike event scene
- Daily feed stations at approximately the mid-point of each day’s itinerary
- Camp-to-camp baggage transport
- Airport transfers from and to Nice-Côte-d’Azur Airport (NCE)
- Official Mavic Trans-Provence 2017 T-shirt
If you’re salivating over the idea of six days of French alpine riding, then you best head over the Trans-Provence website and get your trigger-finger ready for when entries go live. In the meantime, enjoy this short little video promoting the 2017 event.