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Trans-Provence Day 5

 

Mavic Trans-Provence - Day Five

June 20 — 2019 | France

The fifth race dispatch from Santa Cruz’s own world-traveling lens-slinger, Gary Perkin who's on the ground and in the mix all week at the 2019 Trans-Provence.

The penultimate day of the last ever Trans-Provence saw us head into Italy after an early start to the day. 

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We headed up to the Col de Tende a road apparently developed by the Phoenicians and later maintained by the Greeks & Romans. Situated at the top was the Fort Central du col de Tende - a reminder of the turbulent past this region has endured over the centuries. 
 

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But it was all about new trails and not the past today. Sp17 ran down off the ridgeline and back towards Tende and much-needed coffee and refreshments. SP19 & 20 were so fresh that the strimmers had gone down them as recently as this morning for a last minute freshen up before the racers came down. 

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SP19 was voted a riders favorite with so many long off-camber sections where you had to maintain speed and stay high for as long as possible and then bomb downfall line drops so long you were expecting the inevitable twist in the tail didn’t seem to materialize until you were at what felt like terminal velocity.

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SP20 was another brand new trail that took us down to the incredible gorge of the Vallon de la Maglia with crazy drops on the side of the trail down to the river below.

An incredible day … but one thing that looms large is that tomorrow is the last day of Trans-Provence. Ever. And I don’t anyone really wants to do anything other than savor the last day for all its worth. 

Steve Peat
I had a bobby dazzler of a day! Enjoyed it, it's not been too strenuous on the old legs and heart. The first couple of stages were quite pedally and I didn’t have the best runs on them really. Blew a turn and had to pull my bike out of the bushes on the first stage. The second stage I just got down really. The third stage - I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of Kaprun back in the day. - all off camber, carrying speed on high lines and sh!t like that. It was really good fun. An amazing brand new trail. And the last one was a new one too - really tight and tech. I had one crash which could probably be classed as cutting the course because I crashed over the bars and fell down to the next turn and just got straight back on my bike. I did a Danny Macaskill rollover - I had a Wee Day out. Yeah I had a mint day.

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Loïc Deteil
Today was incredible. I felt so good on the bike and enjoyed all the stages. I managed to stay clean on my runs so I’m really happy with that.It felt good to ride more flowy trails today - a little bit faster, fewer switchbacks - which suits me better. I can’t wait to finish at the sea.

Lyle Hyslop
After what was dubbed as the Unravelling on Day 4 - today can best be described as the recoiling. Four epic stages with no crashes. I don’t know if anyone has pointed it out yet - but Steve Peat finished second on the last stage - with a crash on the second corner. Epic trails, epic day. Apparently, SP19 was trimmed this morning - it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Sad to know that tomorrow is the end … but its been an epic journey this far. Here’s to tomorrow.

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Chris Ball
I hope you got the photo of me taking my hand off the bars on SP17 - because I looked at my hand go up and asked myself “What the *&^! am I doing?” I saw it in my peripheral vision and I couldn’t believe what I was doing.

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Chris Johnston

Man, Ash had us on a pretty incredible adventure today. I’m speechless. Brand new trails, the liaisons were amazing. Sp17 was full pace straight after breakfast. Stage 19 was so remote - scree, off camber. So many diverse trails, such an adventure. 

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Romain Paulhan
Day 5 - I got caught Gary on his phone on SP19! Haha! I think I made a mistake today to ride the trails at the front of the group on these fresh trails. I lost a lot of time on the third one today. Marco Osborne has retaken the lead with 14 seconds. I don’t know my position on the day - but it was a pretty bad day. But one more day today so full gas tomorrow. 

Bérengère Boës

Day 5 went ok .. I just kept it safe all the way down. Good stages, just hard to race. I think to ride them is awesome but to race is a different story. The view on the liaison to SP17 was amazing. And that last liaison was awesome - that made my day. I made it down safe again and that’s good. Just one more day so I’m excited! 

Emily Slaco
I started off a little tired today … a little self-inflicted tiredness. It was a hard day but we got through it with four fun stages. I almost got - I wouldn't say mastered - the French switchbacks today. So that was a highlight.

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Check back tomorrow for the dispatch from day six of the final edition of the Mavic Trans-Provence.

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