Clementz leads Mavic Trans-Provence after day 1

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Mavic Trans-Provence Day 1: Rochebrune to Clamensane

Seventy-one riders started the first day of the Mavic Trans-Provence on Sunday, and all seventy-one finished, with last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz leading at the end of the day after winning the final special stage and taking second in the first two.

Here’s the day’s video:

It was a relatively relaxed start to the week with a later kick-off than normal at 8.30 am. The riders tackled three special stages and around 45km of riding.

After an uplift out of the valley, pedalling proper started with the now legendary first climb to the first special stage. The climb looks like an innocuous enough fire road. It gains height steadily to log 600 metres of ascent and tops out at around the 2000 metre mark. It’s certainly a wake up to the system.

Stage one has been modified from last year and organisers omitted the lung-busting ‘carry or push’ section, instead choosing to shorten the stage. Old hands at the event are disappointed that the newcomers don’t have to suffer in the same way.

It still started on slightly uphill singletrack before plunging into a leaf and wood-littered chute that started steeply and only continued to steepen as it made its way down hill. A real case of do or don’t and make a choice at the beginning! Dismounts can and do end badly here. This is the special stage where round-the-world record holder Mike Hall broke his ribs. Commitment is the key.

A short liaison stage led riders to a brand new special stage two for 2012, which started with steep switchbacks and ended in singletrack that crisscrossed a stream. There were a number of crashes including Geoff Kabush using his face as a rudimentary brake! While there were no serious, the alarming view of Anka Martin riding into the feed station bleeding from around her eye after getting caught with a branch was reminder of how a small thing can potentially end your race. This is a race that has a long way to unwind

At the feed station, Fox were turning around some very quick rebuilds of forks for competitors, while Mavic neutral support were busy repairing drivetrains and bleeding brakes as well as dealing with any wheel problems a rider might have regardless of brand.

Mavic’s large yellow truck and its household name status in France brought out some of the local villages more colourful characters mostly to have a nose around. A man on a chopper motorbike in leather chaps turned up, then later appeared trying to chance his arm and get a free repair of some seriously vintage mountain bikes.

What happens when you leave a feed station at the Mavic Trans-Provence? Well, it normally involves something steep and not in the direction that most people prefer. This feed station was no different. The second part of the day started with a big fire road climb that finished the climbing for the day and led to the final special stage.

Open woodland singletrack gave way to more leaf-filled gullies before driving steeply down the side of the mountain in increasingly tightening switchbacks. It fired the riders out over a muddy stream and with the last blip of a timing chip against the timing balise day one was over for another year.

Tomorrow sees the first wave of riders leaving at 7am for arguably the toughest day of the event.

Pre-race gallery

 Results

Position Rider Category Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Overall
1 Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale/Mavic) PRO 00:10:33 (2nd) 00:06:18 (2nd) 00:04:28 (1st) 00:21:19
2 Nicolas Lau PRO 00:10:44 (4th) 00:06:16 (1st) 00:04:33 (3rd) 00:21:33
3 Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) PRO 00:10:46 (5th) 00:06:22 (3rd) 00:04:31 (2nd) 00:21:39
4 Ralph Näf (Merida) PRO 00:10:17 (1st) 00:06:42 (6th) 00:04:52 (11th=) 00:21:51
5 Mark Weir (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) PRO 00:10:58 (6th) 00:06:23 (4th) 00:04:37 (4th=) 00:21:58
6 Adam Craig (Radobank/Giant) PRO 00:10:43 (3rd) 00:06:44 (7th) 00:04:57 (17th=) 00:22:24
7 Florian Golay (Felt/Crossroad) PRO 00:11:21 (10th) 00:06:35 (5th) 00:04:40 (6th) 00:22:36
8 Ben Cruz (WTB/Shimano/Cannondale) PRO 00:11:03 (7th) 00:06:52 (11th=) 00:04:44 (7th=) 00:22:39
9 Joe Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) PRO 00:11:18 (9th) 00:06:46 (9th) 00:04:49 (10th) 00:22:53
10 Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) PRO 00:11:04 (8th) 00:07:23 (22nd=) 00:05:08 (23rd) 00:23:35
11 Matthew Slaven (Kona) PRO 00:11:47 (12th) 00:06:52 (11th=) 00:04:57 (17th=) 00:23:36
12 Seb Kemp AM 00:11:53 (14th) 00:07:01 (16th) 00:04:52 (11th=) 00:23:46
13 Kieran Page AM 00:11:46 (11th) 00:07:10 (18th) 00:05:07 (22nd) 00:24:03
14 Chris Ball AM 00:12:17 (16th) 00:06:54 (13th) 00:04:53 (13th=) 00:24:04
15 Tobias Pantling AM 00:12:34 (20th) 00:06:48 (10th) 00:04:53 (13th=) 00:24:15
16 Joe Rafferty AM 00:11:52 (13th) 00:07:11 (19th) 00:05:13 (26th=) 00:24:16
17 Matt Simmonds (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) PRO 00:13:05 (25th) 00:06:45 (8th) 00:04:44 (7th=) 00:24:34
18 Evan Turpen PRO 00:12:13 (15th) 00:07:23 (22nd=) 00:05:00 (20th) 00:24:36
19 Petrik Brueckner PRO 00:12:38 (21st) 00:07:08 (17th) 00:05:05 (21st) 00:24:51
20 Matti Lehikoinen (ChainReactionCycles/Nukeproof) PRO 00:13:16 (26th) 00:06:59 (14th=) 00:04:37 (4th=) 00:24:52
21 Sven Martin AM 00:13:01 (24th) 00:06:59 (14th=) 00:04:55 (15th) 00:24:55
22 Gary Barnard AM 00:12:52 (23rd) 00:07:12 (20th) 00:04:57 (17th=) 00:25:01
23 Peter Nilges AM 00:12:18 (17th) 00:07:28 (25th) 00:05:24 (31st) 00:25:10
24 Eirik Schulz AM 00:12:39 (22nd) 00:07:38 (29th) 00:05:17 (29th) 00:25:34
25 Anne-Caroline Chausson WMN 00:13:18 (27th) 00:07:24 (24th) 00:04:56 (16th) 00:25:38
26 Rosara Joseph WMN 00:12:33 (18th=) 00:07:30 (27th) 00:05:37 (38th) 00:25:40
27 Lars Sternberg (Transition Bikes) PRO 00:12:33 (18th=) 00:09:06 (53rd) 00:04:44 (7th=) 00:26:23
28 Regis Daprela AM 00:13:56 (32nd) 00:07:43 (30th=) 00:05:15 (28th) 00:26:54
29 Rúnar Theodórsson AM 00:13:29 (28th=) 00:08:03 (39th) 00:05:27 (34th) 00:26:59
30 Jeff Calam AM 00:13:29 (28th=) 00:07:53 (37th) 00:05:45 (41st) 00:27:07
31 Sam Pantling AM 00:13:54 (31st) 00:07:37 (28th) 00:05:46 (42nd=) 00:27:17
32 Andy Dapre AM 00:14:13 (35th) 00:07:50 (35th) 00:05:26 (32nd=) 00:27:29
33 Fabian Gleitsmann AM 00:14:04 (33rd) 00:07:58 (38th) 00:05:30 (36th) 00:27:32
34 Jon Cancellier AM 00:14:39 (39th=) 00:07:43 (30th=) 00:05:13 (26th=) 00:27:35
35 Paul Smail AM 00:14:33 (38th) 00:07:43 (30th=) 00:05:20 (30th) 00:27:36
36 Anka Martin (Santa Cruz/SRAM) WMN 00:14:49 (43rd) 00:07:47 (33rd) 00:05:29 (35th) 00:28:05
37 Plons Racing AM 00:14:55 (44th) 00:07:49 (34th) 00:05:26 (32nd=) 00:28:10
38 Denis Flury AM 00:14:41 (41st) 00:07:52 (36th) 00:05:41 (39th=) 00:28:14
39 Arno De Ruyver AM 00:15:37 (48th) 00:07:29 (26th) 00:05:11 (24th) 00:28:17
40 Tim Kelton AM 00:14:09 (34th) 00:08:26 (47th) 00:05:46 (42nd=) 00:28:21
41 Amos Hockmeyer AM 00:14:27 (36th) 00:08:16 (44th) 00:05:41 (39th=) 00:28:24
42 Piet Weeghmans AM 00:14:39 (39th=) 00:08:13 (42nd) 00:05:48 (45th=) 00:28:40
43 Björn Becker AM 00:14:31 (37th) 00:08:23 (45th) 00:05:51 (47th) 00:28:45
44 Chris Marquis AM 00:13:47 (30th) 00:09:26 (58th) 00:05:48 (45th=) 00:29:01
45 Joost Wichman PRO 00:16:44 (56th) 00:07:15 (21st) 00:05:12 (25th) 00:29:11
46 Tim Garrecht AM 00:14:47 (42nd) 00:08:29 (48th) 00:06:02 (49th) 00:29:18
47 Bas Rotgans AM 00:15:13 (45th) 00:08:05 (40th=) 00:06:11 (50th) 00:29:29
48 Dave Freeman AM 00:15:33 (46th) 00:08:15 (43rd) 00:05:53 (48th) 00:29:41
49 Lee Carless AM 00:16:04 (52nd) 00:08:05 (40th=) 00:05:47 (44th) 00:29:56
50 Bas Kwaaitaal AM 00:16:06 (53rd) 00:08:25 (46th) 00:05:31 (37th) 00:30:02
51 Martin Stefan AM 00:15:35 (47th) 00:08:51 (51st) 00:06:15 (51st) 00:30:41
52 Hannah Barnes (MTBCut/Orange) WMN 00:15:44 (49th=) 00:08:45 (50th) 00:06:21 (52nd) 00:30:50
53 Aimee Dix WMN 00:15:50 (51st) 00:08:34 (49th) 00:07:04 (59th) 00:31:28
54 Fanny Paquette (Rocky Mountain Bikes) WMN 00:15:44 (49th=) 00:09:14 (56th) 00:06:38 (56th) 00:31:36
55 Daniel Wood AM 00:16:19 (54th) 00:09:11 (54th=) 00:06:22 (53rd=) 00:31:52
56 Stéphane Amaudruz AM 00:16:45 (57th) 00:09:11 (54th=) 00:06:23 (55th) 00:32:19
57 Jean-Philippe Geudvert AM 00:17:15 (59th) 00:09:01 (52nd) 00:06:22 (53rd=) 00:32:38
58 Jörg Kröger AM 00:17:52 (61st) 00:09:16 (57th) 00:07:12 (62nd=) 00:34:20
59 Hannah Thorne WMN 00:16:57 (58th) 00:10:08 (63rd) 00:07:28 (68th) 00:34:33
60 Erik Nienhuis AM 00:16:38 (55th) 00:10:27 (64th) 00:07:35 (69th) 00:34:40
61 Adrian Gidney AM 00:17:46 (60th) 00:09:59 (62nd) 00:07:08 (61st) 00:34:53
62 Kenny Alexander AM 00:18:41 (63rd) 00:09:40 (59th) 00:07:06 (60th) 00:35:27
63 Liz Simmons WMN 00:19:05 (64th) 00:09:43 (60th) 00:06:52 (57th) 00:35:40
64 Mike Ranft AM 00:20:37 (66th) 00:09:53 (61st) 00:07:00 (58th) 00:37:30
65 Jo Cardwell WMN 00:20:24 (65th) 00:10:51 (66th) 00:07:12 (62nd=) 00:38:27
66 Tim Goodwin AM 00:21:55 (67th) 00:10:40 (65th) 00:07:19 (65th) 00:39:54
67 Andy Lombardini AM 00:22:24 (68th) 00:11:49 (68th) 00:07:17 (64th) 00:41:30
68 Andy Foote AM 00:24:12 (70th) 00:11:02 (67th) 00:07:26 (67th) 00:42:40
69 Simon Ablett AM 00:22:58 (69th) 00:13:14 (69th) 00:10:15 (71st) 00:46:27
70 Jacqueline Marquis WMN 00:24:19 (71st) 00:13:22 (70th) 00:08:50 (70th) 00:46:31
71 Charles Joris AM 00:18:21 (62nd) 00:29:22 (71st) 00:07:25 (66th) 00:55:08
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