A little over a year ago, Anne-Caroline Chausson stepped away from the world of mountain bike racing to focus on a much more important issue – her health. She hadn't been feeling well since the beginning of the season, and a visit to the hospital confirmed the worst: ovarian cancer. The twelve-time DH world champion has never been one to back down from a challenge, and over the next seven months she underwent chemotherapy and surgery in order to eradicate the disease. In February Anne-Caroline received the good news that the grueling battle had succeeded – she was cancer-free.
With that, she set her sights on a new goal – competing in an enduro race by August. And not just any race – Anne-Caroline will be lining up on Sunday at round six of the Enduro World Series in Whistler. She says she still isn't feeling entirely comfortable on the bike after taking so much time off, but don't be surprised to see her near the front of the pack on race day – after all, we're talking about one of, if not the
best downhill and enduro racers in the world here.
It's possible that this will be Anne-Caroline's final EWS race – after so many years of competition she's looking to change things up, and said, “I love riding bikes, but I'm kind of tired of racing. I'm sure there is a lot more to do with a bike than racing now and I deserve a little bit of rest.” Bike Check
Anne-Caroline stands 5'8” (172 cm) tall, and she's chosen to go with a size medium Ibis HD3. Although the trend in the race world has been to go up a size in order to gain more stability, Anne-Caroline says that she prefers shorter bikes due to their more playful handling. A Cane Creek Angleset has been installed to slacken the bike's head angle in preparation for the steep and rowdy course that's on tap in Whistler.Suspension Setup
At the elite level most riders run one suspension brand due to sponsorship obligations, but Anne-Caroline is free to pick whatever she likes. Up front, she's running a RockShox Lyrik, citing the comfort and feeling of security it provides on the trail. For her 137 pound (62 kg) weight she's running the fork with 54 psi and two Bottomless Tokens, with the low-speed compression set four clicks away from maximum. That increased low-speed compression helps keep the front end up, which works well with Anne-Caroline's riding style – she uses her upper body more than her legs to push into turns and to place the bike where she wants it. For that same reason, the Fox Float X2 shock has been set to feel slightly softer than the front end in order to keep it active on the rough terrain.