Euro Enduro Excursion: More Riding in Provence

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Saturday was the second and final day at the Mavic press launch of its new Notch all-mountain apparel line here in Peillon, France. The day’s itinerary was fairly straight forward – ride bikes.

The only hitch was the weather. An overnight snow storm dropped about an inch of snow on the ground, making ride conditions challenging, slushy, cold, and wet. Still, all but one of the media horde sacked up and headed out for what ended up being a damn good day of riding. (Boohoo, Pink Bike ; )

A day in the life of the Mavic Notch apparel launch:
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Bottom line, if you ever get the chance to ride a mountain bike in the south of France, don’t pass it up. While this part of the world is best known for the sun-splashed beautiful people that wander the seaside boardwalks in Nice and Monaco, there’s a tantalizing labyrinth of awesome singletrack just a 20 minutes away.

Here’s a final look at some of the highlights from our two days ripping around with Mavic and friends. Check back in a few weeks for a full review on the new Notch apparel line, including helmet, jersey, shoes, and rain jacket.

Read Euro Enduro Excursion: Riding in Provence.

All photos courtesy: Mavic2013_www.reuiller.com

Euro Enduro Excursion: More Riding in Provence Gallery
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Mtbr on the go

Mtbr didn’t break any land speed records, but we drew no blood either day despite riding some fairly technical terrain
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Readying to Ride

Readying to ride
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Peillon

The ancient village of Peillon
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Morning Snow

It was a chilly final morning
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Yep, That is Snow

Yep, that’s snow
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We are Headed Down There

Next stop, somewhere down there
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Timing Chip

Trans Provence timing chips kept track of the proceedings
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Stylin

Three-time world downhill champion Fabian Barel has not lost a step
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Lookout Below

Barel and Clementz (above) doing their thing
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New Notch Helmet

The new Mavic Notch trail helmet
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JC Styling

Enduro racing bad ass Jerome Clementz sails through a small town on the way to the trails
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Fabian Barel

Ride leader Fabian Barel in search of the next trail
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Coming at ya

Coming at you
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Chausson on the go

Chausson can still twist the throttle with the best of them
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Before the mud

The Mavic Alpine XL shoe performed capably during two hard days of riding
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A Little Street Riding

Mavic global PR man Michel Léthenet can hold his own on the bike
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ACC Says Hi

Anne-Caroline Chausson says hello
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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • steve says:

    Bit awkward when your lead Pro is not wearing your helmet at your new product launch……… I guess Fabian Barel perfer’s / contractually obliged to wear his Urge Enduro helmet…….

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