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Day three

Start: Dignes -Les Bains
Finish: Villars- Colmars
Riding distance 48.64km

Day three sees Trans- Provence riders have a slightly less arduous day than the epic that is day two. Regardless of that, it's still three hard stages including a brutal bike-a- hike to start the day.

The start of day sees riders gain 500 vertical metres in less than four kilometres, starting with fire road and then a steep path cut in to the Mountain side,the hard breathing and carrying (and no doubt cursing) was rewarded with amazing views across Provence and in the distance the second special stage (Special stage9) of the day

Before any of that Trans-Provence competitors first had to negotiate Special stage 8 - A huge drop in elevation and in a classic Trans -Provence Style most types of technical riding thrown into one huge trail!

From the col an open section led through open loose rock singletrack and switchbacks before plunging in to leaf filled woodland similar to something you may find on a (dry ) day in the south of England.

The riders were then spat out in to open meadow land all to briefly before finding themselves in long a rock chute of singletrack that threw them down to the valley floor, after cresting one more updulation™ (Trans-Provencers who have been part of the event since the first year are used to Ash's various way's of describing climbs without saying the word climb) the trail finally plummeted down to the timing belise and a chance to breathe.

After the feed station Special stage 9 was a combination of woodland and rock gardens - before a hard fire road climb that lead to the an open rock river bed through pine forest - fast and not as technical as most stages and the climb in the middle meant that the stage really suited fit riders not just good technical ones.

The final stage of day three was more of what any one that loves mountain biking would ask for. Fast on site flowing open sections through the top stage with a feeling of exposure, before pine forest loam land curled down to a riverside trail and the end of another hard days riding

As always today has been about great trails in beautiful country but day three also passes a major watershed and begins our Journey in to the higher Maritime Alps , as can be seen by tomorrows start of the day with the amazing start of day four with 2000 metre drop form col du champs .

Top Ten Men Day three

1 25 WEIR Mark 00:07:58 00:11:30 00:07:22 00:26:50
2 26 CRUZ Ben 00:07:56 00:11:24 00:07:35 00:26:55
3 12 CLEMENTZ Jérôme 00:07:53 00:11:47 00:07:25 00:27:05
4 36 RYAN Matt 00:07:51 00:12:19 00:07:30 00:27:40
5 35 VOUILLOZ Nicolas 00:08:10 00:11:59 00:07:38 00:27:47
6 6 BAREL Fabien 00:07:56 00:12:37 00:07:35 00:28:08
7 34 HESTLER Andreas 00:08:56 00:13:03 00:08:03 00:30:02
8 30 SORRELL Rowan 00:08:13 00:14:02 00:08:31 00:30:46
9 20 RICHARDS James 00:08:42 00:14:05 00:08:11 00:30:58
10 56 MATHEWS Iain 00:09:17 00:13:16 00:08:28 00:31:01

Top Five Women

20 19 MOSELEY Tracy 00:09:08 00:16:14 00:08:48 00:34:10
23 23 MARTIN Anka 00:09:27 00:16:03 00:09:39 00:35:09
29 3 HOHERMUTH Ingrid 00:11:02 00:16:44 00:09:40 00:37:26
40 37 BOELEMA Kara 00:11:10 00:21:24 00:12:59 00:45:33
44 7 THOMSON Fiona 00:13:25 00:23:05 00:13:43 00:50:13

Overall postions after day three.

Top Ten Men

Place Dos Surname First Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Time

1 35 VOUILLOZ Nicolas 00:28: 00:30: 00:27: 01:26:
2 12 CLEMENTZ Jérôme 00:28: 00:30: 00:27: 01:26:
3 25 WEIR Mark 00:28: 00:30: 00:26: 01:26:
4 6 BAREL Fabien 00:30: 00:30: 00:28: 01:28:
5 36 RYAN Matt 00:29: 00:32: 00:27: 01:28:
6 26 CRUZ Ben 00:30: 00:31: 00:26: 01:28:
7 30 SORRELL Rowan 00:32: 00:31: 00:30: 01:35:
8 27 BEAUMONT Marc 00:30: 00:33: 00:32: 01:36:
9 32 JONES Steve 00:31: 00:34: 00:32: 01:38:
10 20 RICHARDS James 00:33: 00:34: 00:30: 01:39:

Top Five Women

19 19 MOSELEY Tracy 00:38: 00:36: 00:34: 01:48:
24 23 MARTIN Anka 00:39: 00:41: 00:35: 01:56:
28 3 HOHERMUT Ingrid 00:39: 00:44: 00:37: 02:01:
36 37 BOELEMA Kara 00:46: 00:49: 00: 45: 02:18:
42 7 THOMSON Fiona 00:57: 00:57: 00:50: 02:45:

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