As the saying goes: every cloud has a silver lining. For fifteen years Yannick Granieri has dreamt of a private compound and when a serious knee injury put him out of action last year, he took advantage of the opportunity and built his own slopestyle line in southern France. The second and final part of ‘Recovery Road’ shows how the compound was built and what went down when Yannick and his Polygon teammate Sam Reynolds as well as his Red Bull buddy Andreu Lacondeguy took to the spanking new track.
New life, new knee, new playground. This might have been Yannick Granieri’s motto in 2012. Yannick had been struggling with a weakened knee during the 2012 season and finally his luck ran out. At Red Bull Joyride last year, he took a heavy crash, which forced him to take a six-month break from the saddle – however, not from the dirt. During his extensive rehabilitation phase, he used the event free time to pack up from his hometown Lyon to Lançon de Provence in southern France. There, he was given the chance to fulfill his dream when a huge piece of land was offered to Yannick.
In order to make the most of this unique chance Yannick rounded up his riding buddies to collectively plan and construct his own slopestyle compound. "People never expected me to shape something so huge," said the Polygon athlete. "I wanted something that is big, fast and technically demanding. A line that I can simply speed down after events. If you wanna trick the line you definitely need to put your balls on the table."
The Frenchmen and his friends have tinkered on this major project for about two months – just the construction of the last landing took four days! The result of their hard work is a gnarly line, which can knock the socks off even the best riders. Built in a forest, it offers a variety of jumps, a wall ride and a FMX ramp.
It’s no surprise that Yannick’s mates Sam Reynolds and Andreu Lacondeguy were keen on rocking the new marvel in a celebratory jam session. It was definitely a tough test for Yannick’s and Sam’s Polygon bikes – which they passed with flying colors. Andreu, who is no stranger to going big, also sent it – in his ordinary fashion. All the action was captured by filmmaker Thibaut Grivet and clipped together to produce the second part of ‘Recovery Road’. “For me it was so cool to produce this feature and also have my mates enjoying the outcome. During the shooting, Andreu went up and down nonstop. And Sam pushed himself on some new tricks. It was one of those days you wish would never end.”