Dirt's Steve Jones went out and rode Trans Provence a few years ago. It was 'tough as nails' but he had one hell of a good time.

Promising higher terrain, bigger descents and more adventure than ever before, Mavic Trans-Provence 2014 takes place next month - and it didn't need to get bigger and better, as you can see from last year. What was the first enduro stage race on the planet is now into it's 6th edition, and stoked to once again welcome an exciting lineup of the World's fastest riders. 6 days, 9000m up, 18000m down, 24 Special Stages, 80 participants from all over the globe ...a week-long blend of adventure and gravity-fuelled racing down the insane trails of the Southern French Alps. Check out the preview video to see who'll be there and what'll being going off. As usual, you'll be able to enjoy daily video reports from the race, starting Saturday September 20th (Prologue). The race itself from Sisteron to Menton runs 6 days starting Sunday September 21st.