Florent Payet Announces his Retirement from World Cup Racing

Jun 20, 2022
by Ed Spratt  

Florent Payet has announced on social media that after 18 seasons he will be retiring from racing World Cups at the end of the year.

Florent aims to try and hit 100 world Cup starts by the end of the season with 97 races currently to his name. While he may not be racing World Cup Florent will still be at the races as he decides to focus more on working with the team and will be in a role based on performance, planning and coaching.

bigquotes2003 would see me take off on the world cups series for the very first time, a dream of mine since I was a kid!

Looking back at that first race now it’s seems like a lifetime ago since it all started.

After 18 seasons, 9 world champs , 4 european champ with 3 wins, 97 Worldcup finals, hundreds of plane tickets and way to many good memories, i’m still here! It saddens me to say that I’ve decided it’s time hang up the race bike and move my focus into other aspects within the team, there is 5 more world cup races left for me and I’m going to love every second of them and before I go i’ll try to reach those 100 Worldcup finals

To all the people around me asking if it’s a joke.. it’s not, I’ve put a lot of thought into this life choice and i know it’s time announce my retirement from World Cup racing. Hard decision, but nothing will change besides not being at the highest level, I grow up with a bike and i will continue ride and race my bike at other amazing events!

I feel now that I have more to bring to my team in a performance, planning and coaching role to help everyone on the team get the most out of their racing carrer.
I am also exciting that I will continue race, test, and develop the SCOTT bike to help the team to be even stronger.

I would love to thank with all the emotions you can feel in those words all the people that have supported me and have made my dreams become reality and continue to give me the opportunity to keep living it.

Thank you first to my family, step family (they are recognised all around the wolrd), the amazing people I met during all my carreer, the brands who have trusted me along my carreer, specially @bikeonscott who trusted @patrice.afflatet and myself to build one of the biggest teams on the World Cup circuit.

Lastly a massive thanks Patrice Afflatet with who i race 39 world cup and of course my amazing girlfriend @anne.fst and parents @francois.payet.180

To all the friends and fans I have made all over the world, thanks guys for sharing this with me, it is and will always be amazing to have you in my heart forever.
Thank you!
Florent Payet


Always close to the top times but never on the podium Florent Payet finally delivered when it counted to leave Val di Sole with a bronze medal.

Florent Payet having a wild moment in the deep dust.
Florent Payet underneath the green canopy of the West Virginia forests.

The tall Frenchman throws a little style coming into the finish arena. Flo took third today.
Florent Payet working hard to dial in the rock garden. This--perhaps more so than any other section of the track--was place to lose time. It was loaded with square edge hits that required a soft touch to flow. And downhill racing is about anything but soft touches.

Over the Rainbow.
Florent Payet FRA - SC-Intense 1st Place Elite Men

Florent Payet is always so close to the leaders and today found himself a few steps higher and on the podium.
Florent Payet diving into another one of Val di Sole signature switchbacks.

We wish Florent all the best for the future and it has been great watching him race over the years.


49 Comments

  • 75 0
 Shame he peaked before they made DH bikes for giants. Bonne retraite, Flo.
  • 8 0
 What a legend. As a fellow giant I always appreciated his riding style
  • 8 1
 May Ben Cathro become the tallest pilot of the circuit?
  • 1 0
 I rode with him 10 years ago in Les Gets, he is so fast and nice. It was funny to see him on a tiny 26inch bike back then.
  • 2 0
 I hate it when my 69 gets ruined.
  • 23 0
 Always a pleasure to watch on the hill.
  • 17 0
 Flo the impaler, what a legend, always one of the wildest guys on track.
  • 15 0
 The man!!
  • 9 1
 I remember doing a piss beside him at a fort bill world cup and I was about the length of his piss!! I'm not that small either at 5.11.
  • 7 0
 What a career and what a legend, congratulations Flo!
  • 6 0
 Best 10 foot racer ever.
  • 1 2
 Hahaha dude is Skeletor fo sho
  • 2 1
 I knew he rode for intense but didn’t know that he used to ride for evil ass well!! That’s pretty cool he was in two of my favorite team. Good luck to him in whatever he has planed for the future
  • 5 15
flag Assclapp (Jun 20, 2022 at 7:27) (Below Threshold)
 ass
  • 8 3
 Ballsy move.
  • 6 2
 Isn’t he the guy who ripped his nuts off at leogang last year?
  • 6 0
 No his nuts mangled the marker post and it had to be retired before he did
  • 1 0
 @dkendy1: oh thx for straightening that out Smile
  • 5 1
 Enduro life
  • 3 0
 Huge congrats on a great career, Flo. Take well deserved break
  • 3 0
 Good luck to him in the future. I hope he achieves his goal of 100.
  • 3 0
 What a legend. Proved big guys can have long careers.
  • 1 0
 That Pila pic is money. Great career. Longevity in sport that brutal on body is an accomplishment of it's own. All the best if you're reading this.
  • 3 0
 Part of the Mondraker 3 wild bunch. Hart, Greenland and Payet.
  • 3 0
 What. A. Race.
  • 2 0
 And the Barel Spagnolo Payet bunch before that
  • 1 0
 He might just want to keep the other ball.... Jokes aside, well deserved and nothing left to prove for this man! I will miss him on the live feed though
  • 1 0
 Always loved watching him ride. And he seems like a great guy off the bike as well. All best for what lies ahead!
  • 1 0
 Amazing career!! Cool guy and always pinned. Thank you for the inspiration Flo!
  • 1 0
 Float on Flomaster. Madd love.
  • 1 0
 Always good to see his run. Nearly world champ once.
  • 1 2
 He was the tallest man in DH until Cathro made a comeback, both 6' 7 I believe?
  • 1 1
 a quick search shows that Ben is indeed slightly taller at 1.99 and Florian is 1.97
  • 1 0
 Enjoy
  • 1 0
 Bon chance mon amis
  • 1 0
 Speed and Power
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