Hometown Saint-Nabord, France Years Competing 17
Discipline Enduro, DH Marathon
Honors Winner of the Megavalanche of Alpe d'Huez and Reunion Island, 4x European Champion of DH marathon, winner of the Open Enduro Crankworx in Whistler, winner of the Enduro Series
How does FOX contribute to your success?
FOX gives me the best suspensions always ahead of the discipline, and with a lot of reliability.
Tell us about your best race or event and how it changed you.
In 2004, I won my first European Cup (the overall). I was young in this discipline and before the last race, I was first execo with Alex Balaud. It was necessary to give everything, to take all the risks to win. And it was for me the beginning of a series because I had finally beaten the master of the discipline.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
I like having a hard fork to be able to ride fast (with fighter spirit), and which does not dive easily, while being all the same sensitive. And the FOX setup allows me this.
What else is in your garage?
Lots of bikes (XC, enduro, DH, road), and lots of skis (for freeriding) and an enduro moto (KTM 300 2 strokes). I am very lucky!
What's your training regimen?
For enduro, you have to be complete, so for training, you have to work the physical with road, XC and the technical with enduro, and DH. It is great because I am never bored, I play with all my bikes.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
I broke my collarbone, my hand and foot. Everything is well except my foot, it's hellish, that does not recover easily and I always sprain my ankle.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Pasta and chicken for slow-burning sugars and proteins. And I always love to eat!
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
I choose the most famous enduro race like Megavalanche or Crankworx. I prefer less racing but well preparing for hard races with lots of competition and fallout.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
I have lots of pleasure to ride for speed, and adrenaline. And it is the best to ride for a bike brand.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
It is not my only job because I run my company IRWEGO (www.irwego.com). We propose solutions for business tourism, and MTB training courses and the organization of MTB events like Enduro des Hautes-Vosges or the DH World Cup of La Bresse.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
I would like to race professionally in another sport like ski or motocross or rally. Otherwise, I'd just run my company IRWEGO.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Your job is to ride! And you could contribute to the development, it is really interesting.
What other sports are you interested in?
Motocross, ski, and rally.
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Lots of young riders just want to become pro rider. I think it is already necessary to concentrate on the fact of riding, progressing, learning and especially having fun on the bike. The sponsors come after.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
I like the website endurotribe because you can find all the news, and information about the enduro world.
Favorite movie quote?
Who is your hero?
Are you a Mac or PC? PC
Greatest strength Versatility
Most frustrating challenge To build a piece of furniture in kit