Riders have reached the midway point for this year’s Tran Provence and the stage 3 took them up a long hike-a-bike above treeline. My guess is that this was done not just for the benefit of the riders, because the images coming back from this days stage are stunning. Wind swept passes and people on their bikes hauling assses. Epic.
Once again the trials and trails of Provence don’t disappoint. While the weather at this years TP is a blessing the 3 hour hike-a-bikes and the pummeling descents are certainly not easy. Have a look at day two. These men and women have a long week ahead!
The 2014 Trek CXC Cup Pro Women
Words and photos by Kevin Sparrow
With a heavy thunderstorm moving through overnight I was secretly hoping for some mud. Turns out, the sun made another appearance late in the day making for almost identical conditions as the Saturday races. The wind did seem to kick it up a notch however.
Some of the biggest names in Women’s Pro cyclocross were in town and I’d be damned if I’d miss shooting some of the best athletes in the world.
Katie Compton, Georgia Gould, Gabby Durrin, Meredith Miller, Caroline Mani were all favorites for Sunday’s race.
The first couple laps there was a lot of bottlenecking going on. A group started to form in the front all heavy hitters. After the third lap Compton found her way to the front and never looked back. Gould chased but couldn’t seem to reconnect with Compton. Caroline Mani put in another huge effort, this time ending up taking third place.
Damn good show.
Follow Kevin on Instagram.
We’ve already seen the first half of Stanridge Speed’s track crit team, now here’s the second, Katie Arnold.
Come on! As the season turns and leafs give up their perch the men and women on the Trans Provence race to the coast and the promise of long topless hours on the French Riviera. Radavist favorite and all around shred master Mr. Ty “Wide Smile” Hathaway is abroad and on board his Bronson, finishing 18th after the first day of racing.
He is up against some fast competition with Jerome Clementz back to his winning ways after missing the majority of the enduro season with an injury. Unfortunatley the peoples champion, “Silverback” Sven Martin, took a digger on day one that has taken himself out of the race. Looks like he will be spending the rest of his time sampling the terroir rather then the terrian, as we are sure he will make time to refresh his knowledge of the fine local French wines.
Let’s get this show on the road. The 2014 Trans Provence is on!
… and cross is here, even in Oslo.
Sure, you didn’t win the Red Hook Crit Barcelona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride the prize bike… Available now, in all sizes. Head over to Cinelli to see more!
If you’re in Austin and want a friendly introduction to cyclocross racing, or you just wanna come out and party, check out the Beat the Clock Cycling and Cycleast Urbocross series. I’ll be there struggling to keep up with you!
See the related articles to the left for last year’s event documentation…