2017 UCI MTB World Cup – Round 2 – Fort William
What a weekend!
We would be lying if we said we liked the rain and the midges in Fort William, but either way, the Fort Bill World Cup was an awesome weekend for us!
On Finals day, all the riders were a bit concerned about the condition of the new woods section. The extremely changeable weather conditions over the last few days had made it super sticky and the slick roots hidden beneath the mud didn’t help at all. But in the end, our luck held and the lack of rain on race day made the Scottish show even better!
Myriam Nicole started the day in the best way possible! After missing this race due to injury for the last two years. You all probably remember her terrifying crash during the 2015 BDS, which was her last time on this track.
It has been a mentally draining weekend for her, she fought her fears and finished 2nd and she’s now in the same position in the overall!
In the Elite Men Category, Remi Thirion got the redemption he was looking for after the disaster of Lourdes! 8th place in qualifications, Remi laid down a clean but fast run to end up on the box for the first time of his career in Scotland!
5th place for Remi and some good points for the overall, he’s now 10th!
George Brannigan made the same mistake as Aaron Gwin, going off track before the long pedaling section, but still landed in 15th place!
Finally, after only two weeks back riding because of his collarbone injury, Thibaut Ruffin ended up 44th!
Unfortunately, Gaëtan Ruffin sprained his ankle badly during Friday practice and had to sit this round out.
All these great results achieved by the riders gave us the edge in the team competition and we ended up Team of the Day!
After Lenzerheide (Switzerland) last year, this is now the 2nd time in the team’s history that we have won this trophy! Everyone on the team is hungry to get back up on the top step as soon as possible!
Now we’re setting up in Leogang for another World Cup and getting ready for another great weekend of racing!
Thanks for your support and see you all soon!
UCI World Cup #1 – Lourdes Team Recap
You might have already seen how crazy the Lourdes World Cup was, but here’s some insight into how the day went for the team.
Our Sunday started very well with Myriam Nicole. She put down a solid run and ended up in 4th position : « For sure I’m a bit disappointed ! Maybe I had to do more runs on this track and I missed some speed but now I know what I have to work and on I’ll be focused on that for the next rounds ».
Despite a painful shoulder injury, Gaëtan Ruffin did a smooth run and finished 50th!
George Brannigan had qualified 22nd but unfortunately punctured in his race run! It was a real shame for George who had intentionally done a safe quali run in order to save 100% for the final.
And finally its difficult to express just how sad we are for Rémi Thirion! He qualified 8th and was ready to smash it in front of the huge French crowd! Unfortunately the storm which hit at the end of the afternoon for the last 11 riders had other ideas. Gale force winds, heavy cloud cover and torrential rain made things impossible for them. The dry hardpack track was rendered almost unridable with a thin layer of greasy mud. Even trying to get down safely was difficult, with Remi hitting the ground twice. Luckily he made it through unscathed, and is looking forward to redemption in Fort William.
Thanks for your support,
See you soon,
You have hopefully seen on social media that Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Gaëtan and Thibaut Ruffin chose Portugal to concentrate and refine their training before the opening round of the UCI World Cup in Lourdes (France) next month. George Brannigan, the team’s Kiwi contingent, is making his international comeback this week at Crankworx in Rotorua (NZ). Therefore, it’s time for the COMMENCAL VALLNORD DH Racing Team to give you all of our 2017 news & the schedule for the coming season!
COMMENCAL and VALLNORD remain the title sponsors of the team. The whole team will ride the SUPREME DH V4.2 frame and continue to work closely with the Andorran brand’s R&D department.
VALLNORD’s support remains a real bonus because, in addition to offering the riders a prime training ground, it reinforces the Andorran identity of the team.
The partnership is expanding with SPANK since, in addition to wheels, the bikes will be equipped with a combo of bars and stems from the Spike Race range and its famous VIBROCORE technology which will be a real asset on the most difficult tracks.
The team is very happy to continue with SRAM for transmissions & brakes as well as ROCKSHOX for suspension. The X01 DH and the BOXXER have already proven themselves, the SUPER DELUXE and SUPER DELUXE COIL rear shocks, new in 2017, immediately impressed the riders during testing.
IXS is one of the big changes of the offseason. The riders will wear the complete kit which includes helmets, protections, and clothing. Come to Lourdes to check out the new look!
For tires, the contract with HUTCHINSON extends to the delight of the riders who will continue to mix between the TORO and DZO from the DH range!
In addition, the team is proud to welcome OAKLEY (eyewear) and LIZARD SKINS (grips) and continues to have the support of PROLOGO (saddles), E13 (chains-guides) and CN SPOKE (spokes). Also, after having benefited from AXXIOS (anti-vibration sensors) throughout last season, the partnership with the Swiss company becomes official for 2017.
Thanks also to UNIOR TOOLS, FIVETEN, RYNOPOWER, FINISHLINE, GOPRO, HT, THOMSON, FEEDBACK SPORTS, WORKS COMPONENTS, CRANKBROTHERS, HUCKNORRIS, FORBIKE & SUPER ALLOY SPRINGS. What a great list of sponsors to have!
The 2017 program
It’s no surprise that the UCI World Cup DH rounds and the UCI World Championships are among the main goals of the year. Parts of the Crankworx Series, the National Championships as well as some National races, are also on the program.
Let’s finish by focusing on who makes the team tick! The bro-duo Thibaut & Gaëtan Ruffin continue to manage the Riding Addiction structure. Damien Bideau begins his third year as Head Mechanic, and he works alongside Ryan Thom and Maxime Auguin.
The media department creates its beautiful stories with Kéno Derleyn in charge of photography, and we’re pleased to see the return of Jean Rémy Céron for videography. Bérengère Boës joins the team to manage the PR. The physiotherapist Brieuc Duplessis-Kergomard has the task of optimizing everyone’s performance! Finally, Marilyne & Jean Pierre Ruffin pursue with their passion for the management of the logistics, transportation and cooking side of things.
Now you know everything!
See you soon at the first events and thank you for your continued support,
The COMMENCAL VALLNORD DH Racing Team.