A Look Back at the Trans Provence

July 27 — 2017

Anka's Martin's reflects on smashing through the mountains in France

The Mavic Trans Provence is a mountain bike rally and race run high in the mountains of France. The course stretches from Embrun to Mention and the organizers change sections every year to keep things fresh. With a crew of riders from Santa Cruz Bicycles, Anka Martin returned to the six-day race and smashed over 260km of trail before landing on the sandy beaches of the Ligurian Sea.

"Will I be back for my seventh Trans Provence next year? Gosh, I’m not sure just yet, but never say never…" These were the last words from my blog after the 2016 Trans Provence, and yes, I did end up going back for more!
What can I say, I’m a sucker for blind racing, camping and suffering with other likeminded folks. It’s been a few weeks now since I finished up the 2017 adventure. The week was insane, hard, amazing and scorching hot. Everything I like.

I had a blast riding with new and old friends, deliriously laughing & singing our way through the stages. I felt really good on my bike, and felt stronger than last year, finishing second behind Ines the machine and 29th overall. I loved my Strega out there, I knew it would eat those Mediterranean rocks for breakfast, but I was most impressed by how well my steed climbed. It was so good to race again, to push myself against the clock and to have so many of those “o shit, how did I make that” moments throughout the week.

I realised once again, that these are the type of “enduro” events that I love. This is what I fell in love with all those years ago, and I am so thankful that blind racing is alive and kicking. At the end of the day, it’s the people who make these events memorable, the friends & bonds which develop during the week and the main reason that I keep coming back for more. Cheers Ash and Melissa and everyone else involved for putting on another epic riding adventure.

So what about next year then? Will I be back for round number eight. Well, I’ve got something on my radar, something I’ve been wanting to tackle for years, so next year I’ll tell you all about that...

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