Has Amaury just blown the lid on the biggest team move of the offseason? We don't think so.( Photos: 1 )
“The end of this film reminded me why I ride a bike,” said Paul Couderc during the pre-premiere of Our Own Way at Roc d’Azur 2019. It’s true that the main objective of this project, together with our own flavour, was to show what Frix and his friends Amaury, Thomas, Paul and Mattéo, get up to throughout the year. No constraints… We started with the idea of doing our first ‘long’ project without really knowing where it would lead us, but we were certain of one thing, that we ride bikes all year round with friends anyway. We love this life and aware of our chance, we wanted to share it with everyone! We’re also keen to show off all the spots that we’ve been privileged to ride this year, most of which are not so far from home. Since March 2019 we filmed as much as possible with bags of enjoyment, headaches and laughs. Always working hard to get the best images. We hope you enjoy it! -Gaetan Clary & Hugo Frixtalon
20 minutes of fast Frenchies doing what they do best.( Photos: 7 )
Snowshoe made its debut in the World Cup MTB circuit hosting the final race of the exciting and hard-fought 2019 season, full of spectacles and twists. The stars and stripes layout offered two sections, the first one fast and full of jumps and berms, broken up by a natural section that were rough and rocky everywhere. These sections’ flatter nature posed a challenge as riders couldn’t easily pedal though them, so carrying speed naturally was key. A track far from trivial put the world’s top riders to the test, closing out the season in the best possible way, with a razor-sharp finish in the challenge between Loïc Bruni and Amaury Pierron. It was Danny Hart, incredibly fast and precise in his run that led him to his first victory of 2019… In fact, before his descent Pierron was in the lead, while Bruni was in third place. If Hart had landed between Pierron and Bruni, as the split times were indicating, the new world champion would not have had the necessary points to win the overall. But in the end, Hart in an incredible progression displaced everyone by winning the race and stomping out the advantage held by Pierron … Serving the overall victory of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 circuit to Loïc Bruni, the first of his brilliant career. Pierron had to therefore settle with second place both in the race and in the overall, despite an impressive run where he literally flew over the rocks and straight lined impossible trajectories with incredible riding that showed his willingness to lay it all out on the line to win the overall. Third place in front of the home crowd for an Charlie Harrison, who threw down an incredble run on the Snowshoe track backing up yesterday’s third place in qualifying. Fourth place for Loïc Bruni, who was shook with nerves because of the stakes, making some mistakes that cost him about 2 and a half seconds on Danny Hart. Closing the podium was Greg Minnaar in excellent shape, probably the best in the race on the initial part of the track, putting his unparalleled precision and flowy skills to good use. In the women’s race it is still France that dominates with the growing talent Marine Cabirou who is acquiring more and more awareness of her abilities, landing an impeccable run that brought her back to the top step of the podium, in front of her compatriot, newly crowned world champion, Myriam Nicole. Excellent performance by Veronika Widmann who earned the third place spot less than 3 and a half seconds behind Cabirou, also climbing to a prestigious third place in the overall standings. Fourth place for Tahnée Seagrave who evidently has not yet fully recovered her physical form after an injury while Tracey Hannah, fifth at the finish line, ran a tactical race, riding in a rather conservative way to avoid taking risks and obtaining the necessary points to keep the lead in the overall standings on her closest pursuer, Cabirou. The French champion in fact, despite the stage victory, ended the overall with 30 points less than the Australian who can thus raise the trophy of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 overall. In the Junior categories Snowshoe confirmed the results of the season, with the two rulers of thire respective categories, the Frenchman Thibaut Daprela and the Austrian Valentina Höll who set the fastest times by winning the final race and winning the overall for the circuit. Complete Snowshoe Final Classifications Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women World Cup overall Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women
Mont-Sainte-Anne hosted the UCI DH World Championships for the third time out of a total of four World Championship events held in Canada in MTB history. The long and technical track of the Québec resort has completely dried up from the rain that poured during qualifying on Friday becoming completely dry and dusty, therefore particularly challenging considering the high speeds that are reached in many stretches of rough terrain. And it was speed that was the factor in Mont-Sainte-Anne, with the top riders who had to raise their limit really giving 110% in order to be competitive in this incredibly tight race. In this growing spectacle of technique and speed, it was Loïc Bruni with the fastest run, winning his fourth world title, his third consecutive since 2017. The French rider reconfirms himself as world champion thanks to an impeccable, aggressive run and clean, the result of a truly admirable technical ability and fitness. Silver medal for Troy Brosnan who, has had a heck of a season occupying the lower steps of the podium, and bordered so close to victory in the most important event of the year. The Australian was so close to victory with an aggressive and spectacular run that he built section by section, with a style and a stubbornness reminiscent of his mentor Sam Hill in the golden years of downhill. Amaury Pierron couldn’t hide his disappointment for third place but the young Frenchman can be happy with the bronze medal for which he gave it his best, in a truly epic challenge. Danny Hart has shown that when he is really fit, he is able to amaze the crowd even on dust and not just mud. Fifth place went to Greg Minnaar who was the first to significantly raise the level of the race, at the age of 37, he is still incredibly competitive in search of his fourth title. The fastest American was Dakotah Norton, coming into a very impressive 8th place, followed by Luca Shaw in 10th and Aaron Gwin in 12th. Myriam Nicole donned the rainbow jersey after her return to the brutal MSA track after having been absent all season due to a serious injury. The long wait has rewarded “Pompon” with the victory of the title thanks to a run with clear, constant progression where the French athlete managed playing her cards with constancy and determination, and without making mistakes. Silver medal for another athlete who returned to racing here in Mont-Sainte-Anne after a long absence due to injury, the British Tahnée Seagrave, put down a solid run, yet far from the performances she put in during the season, before her injury. The bronze medal went to Marine Cabirou, confirming her growth this season, finishing 1 second and 7 tenths behind Tahnee. Tracey Hannah started well but suffered a drop in the second half of the long Canadian track, closing out in fourth position, visibly disappointed. The 2019 junior world champion is Australian Kye A’Hern who won the rainbow jersey with over a second of time ahead of Friday’s qualifying winner, Frenchman Antoine Vidal. Bronze medal for the Tuhoto-Ariki Pene kiwi. The Frenchman Thibaut Daprela, ruler of the World Cup season and favorite for the title, failed to do better than the fifth position on the long, demanding track in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Few surprises in the Junior women’s category where the favorite Valentina Höll has not disappointed the expectations by winning the rainbow jersey almost 13 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Mille Johnset. Third place for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Good luck to Brook Macdonald we we’re wishing for a quick and complete recovery. Stay strong Bulldog!
The UCI MTB World Championships 2019 came alive today at Mont-Sainte-Anne with the qualifying round for downhill. The Canadian town hosts World Champs for the third time in history, providing a track that is now renowned for its variety of features with fast stretches interspersed with very technical and demanding sections. The results of today’s qualifying heat only tell so much about how things will go during finals, but rather serve only to determine the starting order for Sunday’s race. The fastest time was from Danny Hart who got down the hill almost 3 and a half seconds ahead of Loris Vergier. Third position for Brook Macdonald while the defender of the title Loïc Bruni is in fourth place, ahead of Amaury Pierron by less than two hundredths, with whom he is in contention with for the overall of the World Cup season. In the women’s field Myriam Nicole, in her first competition of the season after the long absence due to injury, immediately re-established the hierarchies taking the top ranking. In her pursuit, she finished more than two seconds ahead of Australian Tracey Hannah, followed in third position by Marine Cabirou. The young French outsider Antoine Vidal dominated the Junior male category with almost 4 seconds on Canadian Lucas Cruz, followed in third position by compatriot Elliot Jamieson. The favorite to the title Thibaut Daprela closed out in fifth place almost 10 seconds behind Vidal. No surprise, however, in the women’s junior category where Valentina Höll is still the one to beat the time, with almost 15 seconds ahead of Mille Johnset. Third position for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Here is the information and the complete program for the MTB 2019 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne .
Starting from scratch in the 80’s wasn’t easy. Starting again from scratch in the year 2000 was another story. In the midst of the giants of the industry, how do we make our mark? Simply by following our path. The one that involves competing. We spend all our energy (and our money ) on getting to the top steps of world class podiums. Sometimes it works and we spray champagne. We love champagne. Maybe sometimes it’s not enough. That’s sport. But every time we move forward we learn. We learn from winners and champions who keep us busy pushing us to raise our game by demanding ever more efficient products from us. Miguel MARTINEZ, Christophe DUPOUEY, Rémy ABSALON, Rachel, Gee & Dan ATHERTON, Cédric GRACIA, Romain SALADINI, Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON, Rémi THIRION, Myriam NICOLE, Cécile RAVANEL, Thibaut DAPRELA, Amaury PIERRON. So many big names who won their first major titles in our colours. Loads of reasons to look back on these 20 years with huge pride. In order to celebrate this landmark, at first we thought about making a vintage bike, which would represent our colourful history. But at 20, we’re not really old enough to be nostalgic yet. We’ll have time for that in the future. At this age we’re full of ideas and energy. We look forward. So we have created a bike that turns towards the future. XX Edition. A sleek bike with the all new SRAM AXS wireless transmission and seat post. A design with a bit of bling (of course!) with its pearly white paint and oil slick graphics. It’s a bike that really represents us. And because we wanted this bike to be super special we decided to produce just 100 of them. We’ve made 100 but only 99 will be for sale. We’re keeping one for our museum. Because one day there will come a time when we’ll be old enough to sit down and reflect. When we’ll look back and come across this bike. And hopefully we will be proud.
Amaury Pierron gets his third win in 2019 as the series heads to the final round in Snowshoe in a few weeks.( Comments: 1 )
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