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Added a comment about video There Will Be No Trans-Provence in 2018 11/8/2017 1:45 PM

It's interesting that you're seem so sure it will continue, given the tone/message of the video. Know the organiser?

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Liked a comment on the item There Will Be No Trans-Provence in 2018 11/8/2017 5:16 AM

Wow! End of an era. Glad to hear that the decision was about quality and philosophy, genuine is hard to find these days.

Liked a comment on the item There Will Be No Trans-Provence in 2018 11/8/2017 5:15 AM

Classy call Ash!

Added a comment about video There Will Be No Trans-Provence in 2018 11/8/2017 5:06 AM

Well that's one possible interpretation, I suppose.

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Added a comment about slideshow The New Zealand Enduro - Day 2 & 3, Nydia Bay and Wakamarina 3/19/2015 12:17 PM
The New Zealand Enduro - Day 2 & 3, Nydia Bay and Wakamarina

Sorry Devon, I’m genuinely not trying to piss on your chips here, but you are wrong regarding the NZE / TP timed racing comparison. In fact, it would appear that the amount of timed racing per day in both races is pretty similar. NZE was a 3-day race, and the total pro men’s winning time 01:02:16 …. Take for example the first 3-days of TP 2014 and the winner clocked 01:16:52 … so not a huge difference. Add to that the fact that NZE only had 8 timed stages (compared to TP’s 12 in 3 days) and it looks like NZE’s stages are actually probably LONGER than TP’s, on average. The point here is that TP has no advantage over NZE in this regard, and indeed (!!!) TP 2013 ended with a ONE second margin between pro men’s 1st and 2nd spots after around 9000 seconds of riding. Percentage-wise, that is what we would, in British English call “half of fuck all”.
It’s pretty clear that one of these top two guys swiping in/out a smidge quicker on one single Special Stage could have swayed the final result, and I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have said that Nico (Lau) rode a better race than Jérôme that year. It just happened the way it did, that was part of the story that year, and (this is what I was referring to in my first comment), how much value would sub-second timing accuracy really bring to THIS TYPE of enduro racing? Again: the answer to that question depends on what you think this type of enduro racing is for. If you want to get a feel for Jérôme Clementz’s state of mind on this, after having just missed the win by a second over 9000 seconds of racing, you need to watch the end of TP’s 2013 Day 6 video. Was he a touch disappointed? Sure! Did he have any worse of a week because of it? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
p.s. And anyway, shouldn't one concentrate on the positives? like kudos to the organisers for putting on what looks to have been one of the sickest races ever, and Vital for the sick coverage.

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Added a comment about slideshow The New Zealand Enduro - Day 2 & 3, Nydia Bay and Wakamarina 3/19/2015 9:45 AM
The New Zealand Enduro - Day 2 & 3, Nydia Bay and Wakamarina

Personally I don't agree with you Devon, but I guess it depends on what you believe enduro racing is for (especially this type of enduro racing).

Ash
Trans-Provence

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Added a comment about feature In Deep: Martin Whiteley 12/15/2011 12:23 PM
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A good read although I'm not sure Martin answered the question about Enduro racing particularly well. Enduro racing *IS* against the clock, and people are looking at televising it properly in the next couple of years.

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Added a comment about slideshow Bike Check: Anka Martin's Santa Cruz Blur TRc 11/3/2011 10:48 AM
Bike Check: Anka Martin's Santa Cruz Blur TRc

dirt_drifter: yes it's real, no it's not a PR exercise... 56 riders indeed, the camps are extremely limited in size because this is the backend of Alpine France we're talking about. No football fields to use. As for being "selected", who told you that?! Trans-Provence is first-come-first-serve. Would love to grow, *might* work out a way of going up to 70.

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