Top 10 – World Cup Antwerp !

I was in Antwerp, Belgium for the week-end to take part in the last World Cup of the season. All went really good since I’ve made the top 10, performing really good and ending close to the finals I was seeking at. Here’s a few words about this competition.

I was riding the quarter finals on Friday which went nicely and in a good dynamic. I felt confident and rode quickly through the sections, cleaning a lot of them pretty easily. I finished 4th, looking forward to compete the day after in the semi-finals.

On Saturday the sections looked harder and longer but still varied with stones, concrete elements, steel material as well as logs and other wood obstacles. I did a pretty bad start actually. I did two times 5 points on the two first (difficult but doable) sections. But I went on pretty fast and start riding really well all the way through the end. Between big and powerful gaps, balance on logs and beams, determination and speed in long sections, I was well prepared and definitely incredibly motivated to get into the finals. I reached the 10th place of this World Cup instead, which is very good though. I sign the best result of my season here in Belgium.

I’m happy to close the international challenge this way, with this result, this attitude and the crazy motivation I have. I can feel that the work provided has paid now. I know I have the capacity to make it to the finals and it’s probably gonna be for next year. I’m not tired surprisingly, at least compared to the previous years. There is still another Swiss Cup that I’m looking forward to compete in within a few weeks. And then, the season will be over.

Thanks a lot to all the people who were supporting me in Antwerp, my family and friends, so nice of you !

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Epic World Cup in Moutier

The fourth round of the 2014 World Cup was pretty close from where I live since it took place in Moutier (BE). A really nice organisation with all kind of sections featuring various materials and elements brought the city into a nice athmosphere for two days of competition during friday and saturday. With a big technical problem during the semi-finals, I’m really happy about my reaction and the way I fought until the end.

All started really well for me on friday for the quarter-finals. I felt OK and with a good mindset but my back was still hurting from the last Swiss Cup in Bex last week-end. I had to save energy and avoid to much pain when riding, stretching between sections. Some friends were there to support me during the competition which brought me some extra motivation. The sections were long and varied and I did qualify at the seventh place, ready to compete the day after for the semi-finals.

The day after, the semi-finals looked hard but good. I fell off in the second section, breaking my fork from a pretty high obstacle, increasing the pain in my back and forcing me to take another bike. I had to take a friend’s bike which I wasn’t used to. But I was determined to give all I had, no matter what happened. I succeed with 3 penalties in the next section which was really hard. And then, made an incredible 1 point in a difficult log sections. I was relaxed, with a hint of aggressiveness and the pain was supportable. I finished the competition with some really nice other sections. I finished at an honorable 14th place despite what happened during the competition. I’m already practising a lot at home to prepare the next and last World Cup of the season whick will take part in Antwerpen, Belgium. So much looking forward to it !

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3rd place with pain in Bex

I finished third during the beautiful Swiss Cup in Bex, Switzerland with a lot of pain in my back. I felt really bad during the competition, but I’m really happy to have kept on going until the end and to have finished on the podium. Big up to all organizers and Trial Club du Chablais for this nice and natural competition !

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World Championships in Lillehammer

This week, I was in Lillehammer, Norway from Monday to Sunday. The city is well known for the organization of the Winter Olyimpic Games in 1994 and welcomed the MTB & Trials World Championships this year in a really good athmosphere and beautiful surroundings. The sections were looking great with rocks and logs placed next to a lake.

At 13:30 on wednesday, I took part in the 20 inch qualifications. I was well prepared for this big event and really happy to be here in Norway competing for Switzerland. After two difficult World Cups in France, I started this championship with a clear mindset and my riding was nearly perfect from the first section to the last. I felt perfectly balanced and powerful on the logs as well as I felt dynamic and precise on rocks. Sidehops and gaps went easy, run ups were controlled and my mental-body tandem was doing a good job together. I ranked 11th, my better result this year and really happy about it. So I’m the second best rider in Switzerland behind Lucien Leiser who finished really well with the 5th place and ahead of Loris Braun who took the 19th place. I had a good time with Roman Iten coaching me. Thanks to him, all the swiss team and for you people for your support !

I know my level and motivation are increasing every day, all in a positive way. Next year will be 20 years I’m riding trials (yeah, I know, that’s a crazy long time..) and I have this strange feeling that I’m only starting now. Maybe because a lot of things are changing in my life and new projects are coming into reality.

So I’m really happy about the week I spent in Norway, my riding and level over there and my progression that is good for the next World Cups to come, notably Moutier in Switzerland and Antwerp in Belgium. Thanks to everyone !

Pictures by Debi Studer and Roman Iten:

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The day after, I took the bigger bike and rode the 26 inch category. It was fun and challenging to compete with a bike I’m not used to. The sections were good but I felt really tired from the day before in which I put a lot of energy. I had to fight more to get the best of me and ranked 18th in this category.

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