Hometown Years Competing 17
Nicknames LOY LOY
Team Cube Action Team
Discipline MTB Enduro
Honors Winner Trans Provence 2012 and 2013, Faster rider on the track EWS Finale ligure 2013, Winner Megavalanche la reunion 2012, 2nd Megavalanche Alpe dhuez 2012
How does FOX contribute to your success?
Work with the FOX staff is really interesting and important to find my favorite setup for enduro. Ride always with the best equipment and innovation. The last 2 years I feel a massive difference in my riding style because the technical evolution is fun and gives me confidence.
Tell us about your best race or event and how it changed you.
I have a lot of good memories of racing these last 10 years?Always in evolution but for sure my best one is my second victory on Trans-Provence 2013. Like a consecration it's an incredible moment to live for a mountain biker. Trans-Provence is a complete week of riding with some of the best enduro riders in the world. Some "enduro problems" the first day with horses on the trail and I lost a lot of time of the leading race, but... regardless, that?s the game, keep going and have fun, that?s my motivation at this moment. Days after days I came back in the lead... 5sec there, 8Sec there, and on my best days I caught 17 seconds. The final day I had just 1 second gap for the win. For me this event is mountain biking. For amateurs and pros it's the same camp ground, same mechanic service, same food, and same trail. Yes, my job at the moment is racing, but winning a race like this is my favorite memory.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
I'm looking for find the best. At the moment the question is which setup for enduro. For me we have to work with: rigidity, progression, weight, consistency. I like the suspension to work a long time without service; that?s important. I think we stay on the good way with FOX. I would like say when you can feel the flow on a really technical section and after a long ride... looks like the good setup.
What else is in your garage?
Some Cube bikes... a pump track bike, road bike, free ride bike, downhill bike, XC bike. My new toy is a Cube Stereo Ebike, a Zero motorcycle, a bit Bike, cross country ski, free ride ski, snowboard...
What's your training regimen?
Eat, ride... Have fun in all conditions and play life ?full gas?.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
I have had some incredible crashes but not many injuries. Sometimes is just time for our body to say "Hey man... that?s too much". I?ve never broken something. I am always lucky at the moment. Some muscle or ligament problems, we have to wait a bit and you can come back... the most difficult for me is to wait... and stay relax for recovery.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
At the morning before racing for me it's: Muesli with yogurt and banana and a green tea.
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
Year after year it's different. Enduro is in a complete change. If I want, I can ride every weekend of the season. The problem is we are human and it's not possible to ride racing all the time. Recovery and regeneration are the most important parts of the performance. Enduro it's a nice sport but competition at the highest level is hard work for your body. That's the reason I?m focused now of my target... the Enduro World Series.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
The first motivation is to have time to ride. The second is to achieve a better level, better style. The third is working with sponsors for development of product.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
All athletes have our history... I?m coming from a simple life like car painter from a German automobile brand. I ride a bike like everybody. The bike brand Cube gave me the opportunity to live a dream 2 years ago. Now I enjoy the moment, give my best to stay in the place at the top level.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Probably something else with passion.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
For me it is: ride different spots, learn to know people and their spirit of mountain bike, and ride new components.
What other sports are you interested in?
I love every sport with crazy sensations: free ride ski, automobile, motorbike...
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Give the best at the present moment, don't look back, and take risks.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
I don?t read the press much. Sometimes I read www.pinkbike.com or or the french web magazine www.endurotribe.com.
Who is your hero?
I have a lot of respect for a rider like Rene Wildhaber.
Are you a Mac or PC? MacBook, but I don't like spending hours on the front of a computer. It's the most difficult point of being a Pro rider for me.
Greatest strength My family and my friends.