Best bike for Trans Provence 2013?
Wouldn’t call you anything mate! Any constructive advice is taken on board. I think the reason we got the places is because if I’m honest we don’t fall into the typical Brits abroad alpine type, if there is such a thing? We ride on all sorts of Alpine tracks, in many different places. The 661 to Torbole high above Garda is one of the crazier trails we have done and Fay held her own against many fellas on bikes with much more travel. I hope trails like this will have stood us in good stead for what will be coming up but you can only give it your best shot.Posted 5 years agotimb34Member
Nothing really constructive to add, just wanted to say “Good effort” for getting the places. I guess you’ve already seen most of the published stuff, but by chance I was reading Adam Craig’s writeup on his blog last night ; http://www.adamcraig.net/trans-provence-2012-the-best-riding-of-your-life/
Oh and I think Juan is down in South East France somewhere? Juan, do you think the Transvesubienne would be good training for Levi and his missus?Posted 5 years agojuanMember
Oh and I think Juan is down in South East France somewhere? Juan, do you think the Transvesubienne would be good training for Levi and his missus?
Maybe, however the transvésubienne is not a “fun” race. It’s just one of those race you do to flatter your ego and say you’ve finished it. Big number, very difficult trails but no fun at all. The TV is very demanding as a one day effort, someone average will finish it in about 10-12 hours. I think doing one of the various enduros, or XMB arounud will be more in the spirit. None of the days of the TP are as hard ad the TV, however you’re riding seven days, but if you’re a good rider ride frequently and most importantly you can ride mostly 4-6 hours and 1300- 1800 rides you should have no problem finishing any of them.Posted 5 years ago
And that is without even considering the hardware.timb34Member
That’s sort of funny – I ride mostly xc stuff around Montpellier and don’t descend that well, so I was thinking that for me the TV would be a much more achievable thing to do than the enduro races like the TP (where I’d surely die either from skidding off a switchback or from being ridden off the trail by eveyone else overtaking me…)Posted 5 years agoxcentricMember
would have thought it’s an ideal opportunity to try out a few bikes (Mojo, S-Works – all those listed above) and then pick up the best one for you second-hand. Ride it like mad on some similar trails beforehand, and if it’s better than your current bike, train and use that – then when you’re back, have both for a few months and sell the one you don’t use. Shouldn’t cost much at all, esp compared to the opportunity you have….. Same goes for your wife’s bike too…..Posted 5 years agoti_pin_manMember
general, I took my xc fs bike, 100mm fork and 5 inch travel capability rear, it usually gets about 3 to 4 inches. The bike is a ti full sus bike with lovers and haters alike. I took my old friend the ibis BowTi, it has very xc head angles and was fine until things got steep steep. I also took a cold that gradually through the week got worse and then broke a couple of ribs, but still loved it and finished despite being toold by the doc to miss a day. I fitted the biggest dual ply tyres I could and a dropper post but i admit it wasnt the right bike for the job… I needed more travel and a slightly slacker head angle. The bike only weighs circa 24lbs so that was never a problem. I’d quite fancy lock out if i did it again for some of the link sections. I think a Scott Spark 120mm with a angleset would have been perfect or a Cannondale Jekyll.Posted 5 years agothe wandererMember
I did a guided trip… most people were on 140mm bikes. My wife & I were both on Turner 5spots with zoke 55s and Fox 36s. They were perfect.. but I am a Turner fan
Ash had a couple of Nukeproof Megas with 170 Lyriks and 1×10. In fact there were quite a few 1x10s. I rode one of Ash’s Megas up a few of the stages no problem. If you’re strong enough to compete then you’d do just fine on 1×10 (I on the other hand would need to build up some strength).
My take on the TP – First of all you have to make sure that you are fit enough for the 7 longs days of intense riding both up and down. Sure you may be fast down hill but that won’t mean anything if you nothing left in the tanks on day 4.
Once you’ve got your fitness up there then make sure your tech skills are up for it.Posted 5 years agojuliansMember
catvet – what bike was it that cracked?
Would love to do this event, but nowhere near fit enough.
Did the hope valley mtb challenge earlier this year (~30 miles and 5000 feet climbing), finished it, but couldnt have done it again the next day and then repeat for 5 more days, so doubt I could finish the TP.Posted 5 years agojuanMember
That’s sort of funny – I ride mostly xc stuff around Montpellier and don’t descend that well, so I was thinking that for me the TV would be a much more achievable thing to do than the enduro races like the TP (where I’d surely die either from skidding off a switchback or from being ridden off the trail by eveyone else overtaking me…)
Honestly I think the TV is harder. You have time gates. Nothing stops you to catch your breath on the top of a hill at the TP. Plus there is only 70 of you so you can pootle at your own pace at the back of the race.Posted 5 years ago
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