World Cup #7

Val di Sole, ITALIA

Myriam Nicole is the new World Cup Champion!

At the start of the year, Myriam’s goal was to finish the season after three years of having her World Cup campaigns cut short by injury.
After taking the series lead at the 5th World Cup in Lenzerheide, her goal changed, she wanted to win the overall!

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Training went well for Myriam, lap after lap, she got more and more confident. Unfortunately, during qualis’she hit a pedal on a rock which sent her over the bar, losing some precious time, but still qualified in 4th place but lost some points to her rivals.

We knew that to keep the overall lead, she had to finish 4th at worth in finals. As long as she crossed the line in first place, it was mathematically impossible for any of the remaining three riders to denied her the title.

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On Saturday, finals day, the pressure was huge for everybody, but we all believed that she could do it! After a comparatively safe and steady run, she crossed the line 7 seconds faster than the current best time.
At this moment that we realized she was the 2017 World Cup champion! What a magical moment! We all cried and were more than happy for her! She ended up 2nd of this World Cup round.

“I knew it wasn’t a run for the win. I didn’t take any risks, I just wanted to keep this jersey until the end. I’m so so so happy I did it and so relieved now! It’s a dream come true after all these years fighting against injuries!”

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For the boys, the bad luck continued: Gaëtan suffered an unfortunate crash during the French Cup finals the previous weekend, only a few meters from the finish of his final run, while he was going for a podium time. This left him with a concussion and few bruises.
Feeling better coming in Val Di Sole, he decided to give it a try but quickly realized he was not in shape to race a track that demanding and pulled off before the qualis’.

Thibaut was then the only survivor of the team in the men’s field. He qualified 35th with a very average run. He was keen to end his season on a good note, 25th at third splithe got caught by Val Di Sole’s « Black Snake » near the end, slipping a pedal in one of the only breathing section, which sent him off his bike, and ruined his chances to figure well.

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It’s been a tough season for the boys. Next year can only be better, but we will work hard to make it great.

But to see Myriam with the trophy was the best way to finish this crazy world cup season full of twists and turns and above all a huge accomplishment for her and the team!

After celebrating this unforgettable day, the team turns its focus to the World Championships in Cairns, to maximise Myriam’s chances to crown her incredible season with a gold medal!

You guys rock! Thanks for the amazing support!

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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