25/10/2012 | 4 comments
Day four of Mavic Trans-Provence saw Jerome Clementz regain the overall lead from Nicolas Lau. Leading amateur Seb Kemp has filed this report. Or watch the video to check out the action for yourself.
“Day four’s ride through the Maritime Alps was a short one, relatively speaking. A touch under 30km long, 2,354m of descending and a total accumulated baguette consumption of 135m.
Each day 120 baguettes are fresh baked and delivered to the campsite kitchen, opened up into hearty sandwiches and sliced for evening dipping. We have estimated that each rider eats at least a length of baguette each day. The loafage is just part of what keeps the Trans-Provence riders and staff going. Today there was also the 20kg of beef, 10 litres of dark beer (donʼt judge, it was for the beef and beer stew) and two boxes of wine (the spirit needs fuelling, too).
The other form of sustenance was the buffet of trails that we sampled. From wet and wild loamy Ubac to steep and technical Rochers De Bramus, and even the lunar landscape of the infamous Grey Earth stage; the riding couldn’t really be any more varied than it has been. And this was just one day. With three more to come and Monte Carlo still feeling like a faraway land I feel like we may be distended from trail consumption by then.”