Euro Enduro Excursion: More Riding in Provence


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:

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.

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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 Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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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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