World Cup #6

Mont Saint Anne, Quebec

Myriam Nicole is still leading the World Cup with only one round remaining!

After taking the lead in the Elite Women Category in Lenzerheide, the main goal was to keep the white jersey on Myriam’s shoulders.

The Mont Saint Anne World Cup has one of the toughest tracks of the year, and for the last three years, Myriam Nicole didn’t even make it to finals because of injuries sustained during practice. It’s always difficult to race a track when all you have is bad memories, so her goal was simply to do enough to stay first overall.

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Taking the fastest time in qualifyings showed Pompon is in incredible form at the moment.

Carrying that confidence boost into finals but still not willing to take any unnecessary risks, she had a consistent run and crossed the line in second.

She now has an 110 point lead over second place Tracey Hannah and is fully concentrated on Val di Sole, the last round of the season. She won her first ever World Cup there in 2011 and finished 2nd last year for World Champs, so things are looking good.

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The men’s race was heavily affected by the torrential rain which came after the women’s race.

Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin finished 39th and 48th despite a few costing mistakes due to the rain which affected their runs.

The whole team would like to extend our congratulations to all the riders who laid down incredible runs despite the almost impossible conditions!

It has been one of the most thrilling race to watch in years and perhaps in the MTB history!?

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Finally we have an update from Remi Thirion, and unfortunately, he won’t be returning to racing this year. We were all optimistic about his recovery, but he had a Xray a few days ago, and his broken vertebrae are still not fully healed.

Even if Remi can ride his Enduro bike right now, he doesn’t want to come back if he’s not at 100% of his capacity and we fully support his decision.

We know this experience will boost him to work even harder to come back stronger than ever next season!

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It has been a season full of highs and lows, and we would like to say a warm thank you to our partners for sticking behind us at all times.

Now it’s time for the team to go back to France and get ready for the steepest track of the year, Val di Sole, in two weeks!

World Cup #5

Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Pompon Does It Again!

Seven days after her win in Andorra, Myriam Nicole takes another incredible World Cup win!

She came into the 5th round of the DH World Cup with more pressure than usual because she was only five points behind Tracey Hannah in the overall. She knew she had to be consistent and have a good race in Switzerland to stay in the fight for the leader’s jersey.

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She came second in qualifying which meant she started her final run full of confidence.

Then she crossed the finish line with the best time and even the last women down the track and fastest qualifier Rachel Atherton couldn’t go faster! This was now her second World Cup win in a row and meant she took the lead in the overall!

For the first time in her career, she has the leader’s jersey, and it’s also the first time for a ride on the team to have the number 1 plate! What a day!

Everything is incredibly proud and happy for her! MERCI POMPON for yet another amazing weekend!

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George was pretty nervous for his final run and had another crash in the sketchy first rock garden. He ended up 40th, which doesn’t reflect how fast he was on track the whole week!

The supposed ‘bike park’ track turned into one of the most unpredictable courses of the year. After crashing in finals at the last two World Cups, Thibaut‘s goal was simply to stay on his bike. He finished 39th!

Gaëtan got his best qualifying result of the year (34th) and had hoped to do the same in finals. Disappointingly for him, he crashed near the end of his run while being top 40 at the three first splits, eventually coming down 65th.

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We now have three weeks to recover and to get ready for the second half of the season with French Champs then Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup coming next.

Remi Thirion won’t be there, but his recovery is going well, he went for his first road ride since his crash yesterday! We can’t wait to have him back at the races.

We would like to say THANK YOU to our partners, friends, family, and fans; we know it wouldn’t be possible without you!

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World Cup #4

Vallnord, Andorra

Pompon perfection!

Vallnord was fantastic! We are sure you have already seen that Myriam Nicole won the Vallnord World Cup!

She loves riding steep and gnarly tracks and felt at home on the course at all times! It’s even better to see her on the top of the box after all her injuries, and tough times over the last couple of seasons,she finally proved she can be the fastest women in the world!

Offering this win to Commencal and Vallnord in their hometown was something extraordinary, the whole team is proud of Myriam for this.
Myriam smile and pure happiness made our day! We are now even more excited for the rest of the season. The battle for the women world cup overall is going to be epic, Myriam is back in the second position only 5 points from the lead.

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Unfortunately, the men didn’t have quite the same experience because they all crashed during finals.

But we have to remember that George Brannigan was fast the whole weekend and it was good to see his confidence back! He ended up 59th, but was nearly 2 seconds up at the first split before he went down which proves that George is back on pace!

Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin also sampled the dirt during their runs, but more people than usual crashed here as the pace was incredibly high. Luckily they are fine, and they are looking forward to having their revenge next weekend in Lenzerheide for the fifth round of the UCI Word Cup.

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We would like to thank Vallnord for the work they put in to create and maintain their fantastic track. It’s simply our favorite of the year and not just because Vallnord is our sponsor but because steep and fresh sections with multiple lines are just the best!

And some last news, Rémi Thirion is recovering well at home. His back and ribs are still a bit painful, but he has started to pedal on his trainer almost every day. We are confident to see him back for the end of the season!

See you in Lenzerheide!

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