Posted by Ludo on 27.06.17

The Trans-Provence is probably the most epic multi-day racing event in Europe, and this year again, was a blast. I was happy to be again at the start of the 8th edition of the race, and third participation for me. Starting off in Embrun, after 6 days of racing we reached the Mediterranean sea in Menton. With a total of 269 km, 9’111m of ascent and 18’281m of descent, the race was a tough one for the bodies but again, an amazing experience for the participants enjoying the dust from the South of France. Over the week we had 24 timed stages with around 2h30 of cumulating timing. In average 5 to 6 hours of pedaling each day with the help of few lift shuttles.
The week didn’t start well for me. I had a front flat tire at the top of stage 2. I lost a lot of time and it was hard on the morale. It’s never easy to start a big event like this with a mechanical. I ended up in 10th position after this long first day.
The things got better and better over the following days. I found some good feelings back which gave me the confidence to take more risks during the stages. The trails as the landscapes were just amazing, the atmosphere at the camp is so relaxed and friendly, all these combined factors make this event so special and unmissable. Some good stages on the last couple of days allowed me to make some moves up the standings to reach the 5th position overall and to get on the 3rd spot of the podium in the pro category. I am really happy with this result and performance on this legendary race.

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