VIDEO: No Trans Provence In 2018

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Ash Smith from Trans Provence has just announced that there will be no event taking place in 2018 for the Trans Provence.

In a video message, he says that he’s not had the time to find the new and exciting tracks that the riders enjoy racing – usually on-sight – and that he doesn’t want to keep using the same trails year after year. So he’s taking a break to spend more time with his family and to maybe scout out a few more trails for a while. He doesn’t say that it won’t be back – and it’ll be the tenth edition when it does return. Stay tuned…

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Not next year it isn’t… sorry
The world’s bike photographers can now take that week off, right Sven? Credit: Sven Martin
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Shares in French Tabacs are said to have plummeted. (Sven Martin shot)

Here is Ash’s (artfully produced) video for racers, fans and supporters.

(Can’t see the video? Click here)


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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