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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Crankworx

Les Gets , FRANCE

This year the sun was beating down on Les Gets for the entire week of Crankworx! The DH track was incredibly sick and we all loved it!

To race in France is always a bit of a special occasion for us. Family and friends come out in force to support us and that helps to make the race even better!

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Myriam Nicole had an amazing run and won her race by 1.72 seconds! This result and the confidence boost that comes with it has come just at the right point in the season going into the next World Cup in Vallnord (Andorra) in 10 days!

In the very tight men race and a packed world cup riders field; George Brannigan was super fast too, he ended up 5th, only 1.52 off the win.
Thibaut Ruffin finished 25th (+7.33) and Gaetan Ruffin 33rd (+8.97).

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After three international competitions in a row, we’re now having a short break before heading down to Andorra! 

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Thanks for your support and see you all soon!

World Cup #3

Leogang, Austria

Every weekend is a new one and is unfortunately not the same as the last…

As you have probably already seen online, Rémi Thirion had a horrific crash on Saturday during Qualifying in Leogang.
We were all scared about the consequences, but we’re pleased to report that the extent of his injuries are not too bad considering how gnarly the crash was.
He has a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, and two fractured vertebrae. He had surgery for his collarbone yesterday, and everything went well.
He’s already feeling much better today and will get back home this afternoon.
It’s too early to get an accurate impression of his recovery time, but we’ll keep you informed as soon as we have some news.

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When you know that one of your teammates is in a hospital, it’s always difficult to stay focused and ride as fast you want to.
But all things considered, 3rd place for Myriam Nicole after a solid run is incredible! She’s still a close 3rd in the overall with four rounds yet to go!
George Brannigan finished 18th despite a few mistakes in a very tight men’s race.
Gaëtan and Thibaut Ruffin both crashed in finals but they’re alright, and that’s the most important thing.

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Now, the truck team is driving to Les Gets for Crankworx.
The next World Cup round will be in Vallnord (Andorra), and we’re already looking forward to the teams home race!
Thanks for your support and all the kind words for Rémi after his accident.

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