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New Race Series Kicking Off…

ROUND 1 of the new Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend with the 2nd round of the SuperEnduro in Punta Ala, Italy (the new World Series incorporates existing races into it’s schedule)

And check this for a list of international mountain biking heavyweights.  Conformed riders include; Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!

Here’s the little French enduro specialist and 2011 Trans-Provence winner Jerome Clementz explaining what we’re likely to see at the weekend…

Superenduro 2013 | ITW Jerome Clementz from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.

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Trans-Provence 2012 : The Journey…

As the season draws to and end (although there’s definitely still a couple of weeks of good riding left here) thought I’d whack up this little edit ad 😉 of what has got to be the best timed, staged enduro event on the calendar…bring on TP 2014!


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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #7 : Final Day!

…Sospel to Monte-Carlo!


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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 2 October 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Nicolas Lau is the overall winner of the Trans Provence and the drama of the race continued

Trans Provence came to a close on Sunday and the winner was Nicolas Lau. Over the trails, through the rain, thunder and lightning and to the beach at Monaco the last day of the Trans Provence was an eventful one.

One rider, Sven Martin, broke his arm and had to be airlifted to hospital and despite this his wife Anka Martin finished the day.

There were two severe storms, which saw riders and mountain staff dodging lightning and the trails becoming even more perilous. Following the second storm there was a three-bike pile up but thankfully no more serious injuries.

So the final top three for the men’s race was Nicolas Lau in first, Nicolas Vouilloz in second and last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz came in third.

The women’s race was won by Anne-Caroline Chausson with Anka Martin in second and Rosara Joseph in third.

So a dramatic week at the Trans Provence, what excitements will next years race hold?

Results from Day 7

Overall standings after Day 7

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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #6…

…St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée to Sospel


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Watch the latest update as Nicolas Lau extends his lead on Day 6 of the Trans Provence

But it wasn’t exactly easy going on the penultimate day of riding in the southeast of France. A substantial number of riders got lost among the huge number of trails between St-Dalmas-Valdeblore and Sospel and this threw up some surprising results.

Indeed, Jérôme Clementz was having a great day, taking third, first, and third in the first three stages of the day. But something went horribly wrong for the Frenchman on Stage 22 and the reigning champion ended up limping home in 19th place.

As you’d expect, the two Nicolases – Lau and Vouilloz – took major advantage of this. They both won two of the day’s four stages, sharing first place in the day’s opening stage, to stretch their overall lead over Clementz.

Lau is now 1min 38secs ahead of Vouilloz and 1min 51secs ahead of Clementz. But with a day of riding still to go, last year’s winner will be determined to mount a fightback.

In the women’s category, Nelson’s Anka Martin had a brilliant ride. The Scandinavian rider was able to claw back Rosara Joseph’s two-minute lead to put herself in second place behind Anne-Caroline Chausson.

It looks like it’ll go right down to the wire on Day 7 as the riders cycle from Sospel to Monte-Carlo. Come back to for a full report.

Results from Day 6

Overall standings after Day 6

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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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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

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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 #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

Click here for Day 2!

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2010 Megavalanche & 2011 Trans-Provence Winner…

This is a good interview with French rider Jerome Clementz who’s making a name for himself in French & International MTB Enduro racing.

He won the Megavalanche in 2010 (I’m entering next years race on a DH bike) and he won last years Trans-Provence 7-day stage race  (I will be entering the 2014 race – and thinking about doing it on my 2006 Rockhopper  :-S   – seems like a long way off but I know it’s gonna come ’round quick!)

A few more weeks before the season starts in the Alps…happy days 🙂


This article was taken from and you can read the original article here


“We chat to Jerome Clementz about enduro racing, facial hair and going fast

He’s French, insanely quick and skilled on the bike and is mopping up wins in enduro races around the world. We chatted to him about why he races enduro events

Posted: 6 March 2012

by David Arthur

Jerome Clementz drags a fully laden kit bag along the tiled floor in the lobby of the Hotel Florenz, our base in the Italian Riviera for a few days riding with the Cannondale Factory Race team, and drops into a plush sofa beside me. It’s been a long couple of days for the young Frenchman, entertaining media from around the world at this rare chance to see the entire Cannondale sponsored team in one place. Despite that, and a coming together with a rock on a challenging descent the previous day – and sporting a pucker of a bruise as a result – he’s full of energy and and the laughter flows easily as we exchange a few jokes.

You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard his name before, as he has risen to prominence very recently. The enduro format of racing (events with multiple timed sections with a downhill bias) is a popular fixture in France, and is slowly starting to take off here in the UK. There’s much talk about it being the ‘next big thing’ in mountain biking. And it’s these events that Jerome is becoming something of a specialist at, thanks in no small measure to a raft of wins including the Trans-Provence stage race last summer along with winning the French Enduro Series and taking the French Cup Championship. He also previously added the Megavalance to his CV in 2010.

It’s clear from our riding with him that he’s a hugely talented guy with the skills and fitness, and the right mental approach, to do really well in enduro as it continues to grow.We primed our dictaphone and threw a few questions at Jerome:

Bikemagic: Hello Jerome. Right, let’s get one thing out of the way first, what’s with the Mark Weir-esque facial hair?

Jerome: <laughs> It was not for this week, I have a media camp with SRAM next week, and it was a bet with them. I went to Iceland this summer and I had a nice moustache like this to look like a Viking and they (SRAM) asked me to come this week like this.

BM: So are you planning to keep it this season then?

Jerome: Maybe not this season, my girlfriend will not stay with me, <laughs> so probably one more week and after I will have to shave it <laughs>.

BM: You’re sporting quite a fetching bruise on your face (Jerome crashed during the media week with us) injuries are clearly a part of the job, how do you cope with the risk of crashing when racing and training?

Jerome: Yes <long pause>. You always crash. Every season you crash, sometimes, umm, the thing is we spend a lot of time on our bikes, so we really know our limits, when it’s 100%. We try to stay a bit below but really close. Like most of the time the crash happens not when we ride full speed, but more when we play with the bike, when we’re not focused enough, and the crash happens.

That’s how it happened with me today, I was just cruising down the hill, did a small hip and landed on the side of the trail and it was soft, and I went over the bars.

BM: Let’s rewind a bit, how did you get into mountain biking? Where did it all start for you?

Jerome: I mountain biked because I was doing cross country skiing and then our coach asked us to do some mountain biking in the summer to train, and then I really liked it, and started doing one or two races. I did both for five years, and then I had some training camp for skiing in the summer and mountain biking in the winter, so I had to choose. And I decided to do more mountain biking than cross country skiing.

BM: And if we fast forward to the present year, you’ve carved a name for yourself as an enduro specialist, winning the Megavalanche and Trans-Provence. What is it about enduro that appeals to you?

Jerome: Yeah definitely. What I really appreciate is that we don’t stay on one trail over the week, when we go to a race  like a seven day stage race, you go and discover a lot of different trails don’t stay on the same track. That’s something I like, you don’t have to train on the trail and know it, you don’t have to know each part of the trail, and you have to ride with your instinct, that’s mainly what I like with enduros

BM: Do you have to be a downhill racer to be good at them, or can cross country riders compete?

Jerome: I think you just have to be a good rider in the uphill and downhill, you don’t have to be a former racer in downhill or a former racer in cross country. I mean, the people come from different backgrounds, we see when people come racing at the mega they do good results, and the same way with Cedric Gracia or Steve Peat, they come to some enduro races they can do well too. Also we have some riders who are really dedicated to enduro, and they are fighting with these pro riders, and it’s a good thing for the sport. The present ratio of uphill and downhill is good, everyone can compete.

BM: In the UK the enduro format is still quite new, do you see it as the next evolution of mountain bike events?

Jerome: Especially for the UK, it could be really big; you have the hill and terrain that suits really well to enduro. You don’t have the big mountains we have in France in the Alps, but you have a lot of trail and good place where you can do a lot of stages. I’ve never been there, only in Kielder a couple of years ago. I will be there this year at the first round of the gravity enduro series at Innerleithen, so I will have a look at how it works.

BM: How do you prepare for an enduro? Do you do much training? Or do you concentrate on skills and technique?

Jerome: You have to do everything to train for enduro. It’s also something that I like, I go riding a downhill bike, a cross country bike, a road bike, I ride my Jekyll, I do a lot of different things and that helps to make training less boring. Everyday you change you style of riding and you try different things. To be a good all-rounder you have to have good skill, technical skill, this is really important, because otherwise you cannot put you power on the course. You have to be really good technical, and afterwards you can add the power to get more speed.

BM: Do you have any tips for people new to enduro racing?

Jerome: I don’t know how it works in the UK, but in France you don’t know the trail when you race, so a really important thing is to know your limits and find a good pace when you start, to not be too slow but no too fast, and to have a nice flowing run. That means you own your bike, you know where you’re going and you don’t make any mistakes.

BM: What are your plans for 2012? Any big goals?

Jerome: My big goal this year is still make racing an adventure, doing some good trips and visiting new countries. And with my schedule I will try to do some series starting in different countries, I will visit some new countries, I will come to UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Italy for example. And I will go one month in us and Canada, so yeah my goal is to have good results in all these. And Megavalanche and Crankworx, those are main objectives of the year.

Thanks to Jerome for taking the time to chat to us. | @endurojc

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