Anka Martin with her Santa Cruz Blur TRc at Trans Provence. Although a Nomad would have been better-suited for some stages, the Trans-Provence is 320km and seven days long, with a total of 9500m on-bike height gain (15200m height drop). Story by Sven Martin
Anka chose the lighter, more efficient Blur TRc, coupled with a 150mm RockShox Revelation fork for an aggressive enduro feel with relaxed geometry. It weighs 25lbs.
This Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 wheelset did the Cape Epic earlier in the year and they held up perfectly on some of Southern France's roughest trails during Trans Provence.
Tire choice is crucial during any enduro. Anka went with lighter weight tires for the earlier stages, but beefed up to 2.35 DH casing tires as the terrain became more aggressive.
SRAM XO 10-speed drivetrain with 11-36 rear and 32 tooth up front. There were no smooth fire road sections on the Trans-Provence, so spinning out the 32 was not an issue.
RockShox Monarch Plus rear shock set with 30% sag for a plusher feel. Flip the floodgate compression leaver for a firmer, yet active climb. 5-inches of travel and 66.6 degree head angle with the Revelation at 150mm...the best of both worlds.
Some Trans Provence stages had more than 300 feet of climbing, so suspension lockout is extremely helpful. RockShox Revelation DPA.
Wide bars, aggressive stem and clean cable routing thanks to the SRAM Matchmaker setup.
SRAM XO 180 rotors front and rear. With the revelation 15mm mAxle. Check out some sneaky weight saving in place of a regular adapter.
SDG Allure women's specific saddle. The saddle did roughly seven hundred km's in seven days at the Cape Epic so the 340km at Trans Provence was no problem. Rock Shox Reverb with 5-inches of drop.
Reverb cable routed to the side to avoid tire rubbing in the low position. Bike assembled by the one and only Terry Chanethomvong from Unik.
Some call it Christmas. Anka hates a matching bike. Truvativ XO guide and 32-tooth single ring setup.
New Crankbrothers Malette 3 pedals. Lightweight material on the inside where their is less abuse compared to the outside as you can see here. Nice mid sized platform for enduro.
This is the first 100 meters of the very first stage. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. The point-to-point format of this event is what makes it so special you ride and race your bike through so many different eco-systems.
The final stage above the shores of Monaco contrast the lush, damp first stage. It was fast, loose rough and dry. If you want to hit up the Trans Provence, or any enduro race, make sure your bike is ready for some abuse!