Team Wideopenmag’s Mark Scott just raced the epic Trans Provence and came 5th overall.
Here’s Mark’s top 5 favourite things about his first Trans Provence.
// Photos thanks to Trans Provence and Sam Needham
“Trans Provence is a 6 day Enduro stage race taking place in the southern French Alps. It runs all the way down to the south coast arriving in the town of Menton. It last 6 days and you ride 270km over 24 stages with 9000m climbing, 17500m descending and just over 28 hours on the bike!
It’s not like any other race I’ve done and it’s a million miles away from where I started, racing DH. Mentally and physically one of the hardest things I’ve completed. Trying to race full gas over 24 stages is brutal on the mind and body!”
// 1. The vibe dude!
It’s cheesy I know but it was so good pounding out big mountain rides with a such a good group of riders. Everyone was there for a good time and it showed. It was great to hang out with fellow Nukeproof rider Matti Lehikoinen and get to know him a bit better. Like me, he’s come from downhill and he’s been through so much in his career. He’s a good guy.
Most races you just race and get back to your accommodation – this race gave me a chance to hang out with loads of great people.
// 2. The views
The scenery is absolutely amazing.
Crossing untouched mountain paths high up in the Alps on a Monday morning is something you don’t forget in a hurry! All week it was unreal and you had to concentrate to keep your eyes on the trail and not on the sights!
Travelling through France by mountain bike is something I would recommend to anyone!
// 3. The camping
It sounds mad but it was actually quite enjoyable having a little portable house for the week.
You’re riding 270km over 6 days so you always end up being so tired every night. Getting to sleep comfortably wasn’t a problem!
Anyone in the vicinity of Sam Flanagan’s tent was well used to his night terror antics by the end of the week, he screams a lot whilst sleeping!
// 4. The weather
The only moisture I saw all week was what was dripping from my head, it was brutally hot all week for a Scotsman! I couldn’t have imagined how hard the week would have been in the wet.
Cheers France for delivering the weather, big up!
// 5. Finishing in the Mediterranean
The race finishes on the coast at Menton after a huge week of riding. There’s no better a sight than the Mediterranean after 6 days on the bike and getting straight in the sea after 24 stages.
Everyone was buzzing and the beer was flowing. Matti brought his Finnish budgie smugglers to the party!
// And a bonus one. The support.
Big thanks to the Mavic neutral support guys all week, they were on hand all week to help with all the bike problems anyone had! I wrote a rear mech off during one stage and this was a lifesaver. Cheers guys!
Mark Scott races enduro for Team Wideopenmag. He’s just 22 but has a massive CV behind him that includes a mountain of British Downhill Series, SDA, European Cup and Maxxis Cup wins.
Mark moved to Enduro in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength. 2015 has seen him step up to take 5th at the Trans Provence, a win at the UK Gravity Enduro Series and amazing 6th and 11th place results at the Enduro World Series.
More Trans Provence – including daily videos – here
And more from Mark Scott here