Monthly Archives: September 2012

This Is My Winter – Teaser…

A year later and it’s still worth giving this another watch.  If you haven’t seen it already watch the teaser below then CLICK HERE to watch the whole, jaw-dropping 28min movie…


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…Xavier de la Rue, at his scary but awe-inspiring best;

Teaser – THIS IS MY WINTER from TimeLine Film on Vimeo.




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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #5…

…Guillaumes to St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée


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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 28 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Downhill

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence, the sun is shining and the riders are smiling

It’s day 5 at the Trans Provence and there is a new leader in the men’s category in Nicolas Lau.

For the last two days it has been a contest between last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz and Nicolas Vouilloz. Clementz reclaimed first place yesterday after trailing in second for two consecutive days.

The smiles are back on the faces of the riders and the sun is shining again as the race gets well underway.

In this update from the South of France we also get to meet the mechanics that work keep the bikes running for the Elite and amateur riders.

Overall Classification results after day 5

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Trail Notes – Teaser…

Check out this trailer for new mountain biking movie, Trail Notes…

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Published on Sep 28, 2012 by 

Trail Notes – New Mountain Bike Film Trailer!

Trail Notes is a film that captures the lifestyles & stories of passionate mountainbikers from the Southern Hemisphere Mecca of Rotorua New Zealand and the incredible trails of the Whakarewarewa forest.

Cadre Productions & Destination Rotorua Present: ‘Trailnotes’ In Association With: Yeti Cycles NZ,, Spoke Magazine, Freeload, Nature Valley,

A Film By: Nick Stevenson
Featuring: Vanessa Quin, Craig Pattle, Gaz Sullivan & Red McHale

Trailer Music Credit: “Scene 8”, Rhian Sheehan

Trailnotes available now on iTunes and DVD globally.

The X-Treme Channel features awesome extreme sports action from all over the world!

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #4…



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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 27 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Here is the latest update from the French Alps as the crew and riders make their way to Monaco.

Day 4 was another hard day on the Trans Provence as the riders were really starting to feel the burn.

The route took the 70 riders through the Maritime Alps and was just under 30km long so slightly shorter than on other days in the weeklong race. This was compensated by a seriously intense climb and at some points a seemly impossible mountain pass.

Rider Seb Kemp said of the day “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 anymore 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.”

Jérôme Clementz reclaimed first place after taking second to Nicholas Vouilloz for the last two days leading with over a minute to spare.

Anne-Caroline Chausson is still leading the women’s race by a long way with Rosara Joseph still in second and Anka Martin maintaining third place.

Day 4 results

Overall clasification results after day 4

click here for Day 5

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #3…



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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 26 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Check out the latest video update from Trans Provence as the riders make their way over the trails

It’s Day 3 of Trans-Provence and day 3 is the day that things got physical.

With a 500 metre carry as part of the first Special Stage the riders were most certainly being pushed to their limits as they either push or carry their bikes uphill.

The descent is no friendlier but speedier as the riders are almost fired onto the valley floor which is then followed by a road climb to the feed station, things only got more brutal from then on in.

Cube Action Team’s Nicholas Lau maintained his lead today with last years winner Jérôme Clementz keeping in hot pursuit in second coming in four seconds after Lau. Nicholas Vouilloz also stayed in the third place.

Ann-Caroline Chausson is leading the women’s race followed by Rosara Joseph and Anka Martin.

We also meet the mountain staff who enable the race to happen as they check the riders in and out at each stage, stay tuned for more action tomorrow with day 4.

Day 3 results

Overall Classification after Day 3

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #2…

…Clamensane – Digne-les-Bains


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By team on 25 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

A storm of biblical proportions greets riders on Day 2 of Mavic Trans-Provence

Trans-Provence is a pure test of endurance but it is also a test of commitment and so Day 2 proved to be for the 70 riders that set off from Clamensane to Digne-les-Bains.

Weather conditions were atrocious for the 57.6km of riding on Monday. Wind, rain sleet and hail made riding difficult at times. Special Stage 6 on Monday was cancelled for this very reason.

By early afternoon the storm had blown itself out and riders pedalled some warmth back into their bodies but all the participants warmly welcomed the end of a torrid day out on the trails.

Day 2 saw Nicolas Lau make a move into first place overall after being the fastest over the three Special Stages that did go ahead (4, 5 and 7) on Monday.

Fabien Barel was fastest over Special Stages 4 and 7 but was 11th fastest on Special Stage 5. Barel was absent on Day 1 of Trans-Provence so is already someway behind the leaders.

Jerome Clementz, who had been leading after the end of the first day, was third fastest on Day 2 but lost a minute and 14 seconds overall to Lau over today’s Special Stages.

Lau has an overall classification time of 48:43 after the end of Day 2. Jerome Clementz is second on 49:43 with Nicolas Vuilloz third on 50:22.

Caroline-Anne Chausson is still the leading woman with a time of 58.14 and is 23rd overall. MTB snapper Sven Martin is the leading amateur rider and occupies 12th place overall.

Day 2 results

Overall Classification after Day 2

click here for Day 3

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #1…

…Rochebrune to Clamensane


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By team on 24 September 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Mavic Trans-Provence is underway and Day 1 is complete.  Jérôme Clementz is the early leader

Yesterday saw the start of Mavic Trans-Provence in France. Now in its fourth year, Mavic Trans-Provence is one of the few multiday point-to-point MTB races in the world.

The race route starts in the beautiful Durance Valley and ends up at Alp Beach in Monaco but only after seven days of gruelling singletrack action that tests the endurance of even the most complete MTB rider.

Riders compete against each other over three “Special Stages” over the seven days of the race with the rider that accumulates the lowest total time from the all the Special Stages being declared the winner.

We’ll be having daily updates and video from Trans-Provence, starting with a report on Day 1 below, which took place on Sunday.

Day 1

Seventy riders signed on to take the start when Trans-Provence got under way at Rochebrune at 8.30am on Sunday morning.

Day 1 would take the riders from Rochebrune to Clamensane with 45km of riding in total over three Special Stages for the day.

As you’d expect with Mavic Trans-Provence, there was nothing relaxing about the terrain when the riders started on Stage 1.

After moving out of the starting valley, riders were quickly greeted with the legendary first climb to Special Stage 1. The climb, an innocuous enough fire road, gains height steadily with 600 metres of height gain that tops out at around the 2000 metre mark.

Stage 1 has been modified from last year and has been shortened. This means riders no longer have to do a lung busting carry or push up on part of the climb but they still start on a slightly uphill singletrack before plunging in to a leaf and wood littered shoot that starts steeply and only continues to steepen.

There is a brand new Special Stage 2 for 2012. It starts with steep switchbacks and ends in singletrack that then criss-crosses a stream. There were a number of crashes on Stage 2 including Geoff Kabush, who used his face as a rudimentary brake!

Special Stage 3 saw the riders start on open woodland singletrack, which then gave way to more leaf filled gullies. Riders had to drive steeply down the side of the mountain in increasingly tightening switchbacks before firing out over a muddy stream.

At the end of Day 1, last year’s winner, France’s Jérôme Clementz, was leading with a combined time of 21.19 from the first three Special Stages. Nicolas Lau is second and only 14 seconds back. Nicolas Vouilloz is third with a time of 20 seconds back on Clementz’s. The leading female rider is Caroline-Ann Chausson on 25.38.

Full results from Day 1

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The Start of Something Beautiful…?

Easton Haven Alu Bar 31.8 x 711mm – Black




Picked up this awesome all-mountain handlebar for half price from Merlin Cycles

The Easton Haven

Could this be the start of a new build for 2013?  Maybe a Big Mountain, Big Hitter for the Megavalanche next year?  or a true Alpine, All Mounatin, Enduro Racer  for the 2014 Trans-Provence

…watch this space 😉

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Pretty Much Sums it Up…

This is very cool little edit by  showing a little insight into why we do what we do.  Maybe it’ll even get a few of you to go out and ride…

Ride Positive. A Mountainbike Manifesto.

Ride Positive. A Mountainbike Manifesto. from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Col du Granon…

Col du Granon 2,413m altitude

This was a hard ride.  I set out from home at about 10h45 to meet a friend in Villeneuve.  Together we were going ride to the Col du Granon via the gravel track and then hit one of the amazing singletrack descents back down again.

It was a sunny but windy day and I knew it was going to be a tough one when I’d already run out of low gears on the main road to Villeneuve!  The wind was blowing straight at me with the odd big gust from the side, making riding tricky from the start.  I arrived at the meeting point 10mins late and already breathing hard…and we hadn’t even begun the ascent yet…this didn’t bode well

looking east, snowy peaks

When you take the gravel track up to the col from Villeneuve, it starts off fairly tame (by Alpine standards) but before you know it, your bums on your seat and you’re dropping to your lowest gear and just spinning your way up trying to not count km’s or metres above sea-level.  It gets pretty steep in some places and the chat and banter seem to peter out the higher you climb.  I was sorely missing the 11-34t cassette that I used to have before I upgraded to a 11-32t.  Those 2 teeth would’ve made my life just a little easier right then…


The gravel track is about 6km long and in that time you gain about 550m in altitude.  We got to the top of the track in about an hour and that’s when the real fun began :-/

Strava stats for gravel track ascent to 1,900m…KOM baby!

At the top of the track the only way up to the col is to join the road for the last 5km.  Sounds easy hey?  Well it’s not.   It’s very steep & very exposed and it was very windy and very hard work.  The roadside signs telling you how high you are and how many km to the summit seem to take a lifetime to come along even though each sign is only 1km apart…

Those 5km took us nearly an hour to cycle and in that time you gain another 500m in altitude.  My maths is terrible but even I can work out that that averages at a 100m altitude gain for every 1km of tarmac your tyres roll on.  That proved hard work at over 2,000m up in the sky and for half the time into a very strong headwind.  As you follow the road your direction changes and for the last couple of km the wind is behind you which is a relief.  By that time my legs were begging me to stop but I pushed on for the last couple of km and got to the summit feeling good 🙂

Watch showing 2,415m alt. bang on

So we made the top but we still had the traverse to do.  It’s a pretty amazing little trail, nothing more than what looks like a goat track in some places and continues up and down for another 4km of rocky, exposed singletrack but with amazing views down across the valley and beyond to the south east where the mountains continue to the horizon…


South East vista

The descent has got to be one of the best mountain biking trails in the area.  Just awesome.  Very technical and steep with lots of rocks and sketchy bits and plenty of tight switchbacks and trees but also some amazing fast, flowy sections where you can just let go of the brakes and rip it!

All in all, an amazing loop – about 30km from start to finish and if you’ve got it in you to do that climb you will be rewarded with some very special stuff on the way down 🙂


…of course if you haven’t got it in you to do that climb, you can just get someone to drive you up…but that’s cheating 😉

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