Mélanie Chappaz Confirmed as the Latest Member of The Brigade

Jan 29, 2021
by thebrigadeteam  

The Brigade is stoked to announce that Mélanie Chappaz, the 2017 UCI Junior World Champion, will be joining The Brigade racing family. We're really excited to get to the races with our latest addition, but before we do let's get to know her a little better!


From The Brigade;

bigquotesWelcome to the team Melanie Chappaz, The Brigade are excited to announce that the 2017 Junior World Champion will be part of our growing racing family.

Melanie began riding bikes at just 5 years old, started racing downhill in 2015 and just 2 years later took the UCI Junior title, so to say we have high hopes for this fast lady is an understatement. Riding on her home trails near Geneva, Melanie has honed her natural riding ability and is undeniably fast between the tape, and will definitely be a contender for the podium this season.

From Melanie:

bigquotesI'm super excited about joining The Brigade for 2021. I feel I've definitely chosen the right team, the atmosphere is really good and the guys are all really professional, they know how to enjoy themselves but also know when it's time to get serious. I'm fortunate that I already know most of the crew and am really looking forward to working with everyone. I'm really keen to begin racing this season, I feel now with The Brigade and this great team, I have the opportunity to ride faster and harder, I'll definitely be up there, closer to the fastest girls this season. I can't wait for what the future has in store!"

If having a World Champ join us wasn't enough, The Brigade are currently busying themselves testing the innovative Production Privée Group B downhill bike. This unique frame is designed, developed and manufactured in Andorra at the Forestal Technology Centre. The full details are still top secret, but we'll reveal more on this CNC beauty in the coming month.

The Brigade team members, Alex Marin and Melanie Chappaz will be joined by 2 more elite downhill riders for 2021, but we're keeping that news secret for now.

You can follow Melanie and The Brigade on their website or on Instagram.


25 Comments

  • 19 1
 Thanks for the link. Had no idea what 'The Brigade' is . . . .
  • 1 0
 "The Other Syndicate" maybe?
  • 22 0
 @uphill-blues: now we just need The Cartel, The Conglomerate, The Committee and The Consortium
  • 7 0
 I think CG‘s racing brigade has been around some time, no? Maybe with a longer break, but now it seems to be getting revived Smile
  • 1 0
 @Stokedonthis: yea after he left commencal and joined with SC he became the Brigade and also discovered and brought marcelo up through the ranks
  • 9 0
 Is the brigade anything to do with Cedric? He had a brigade and he’s linked to Production Prive (or was) so the name sort of makes sense.
  • 6 0
 I think it is, CG is involved with Forestal and Production Privee. Possibly Probikeshop too. He is a smart businessman, he used to import exotic cars too.
  • 2 0
 That's the one.
  • 3 0
 Looks like The Brigade is team SR Suntour/ Production Privée? Suntour could put their name in there somewhere maybe. The Syndicate for example put in a lot of years with top riders for that team name to have instant recognition...

Great rider they've got though. Congrats Mélanie!
  • 6 0
 Rudy cabirou and raphael gutierez villegas other elite riders.... dont need to wait now the lists are published!
  • 1 0
 Hopefully "the Brigade" (hopefully Powell & Peralta's attorneys are cool with the team name) will allow Production Privee to ramp up their production of steel frames. The stuff on their website is just too lust-worthy and out of stock. . . .
  • 3 0
 I look forward to seeing the announcement in the coming days of who will be riding for The Loose Confederation.
  • 2 0
 I guessed the wrong Chappaz to Production Privée, so close...yet so far Smile Good luck Mélanie! Get your sister on that team!
  • 2 0
 Just another french ambush, don't pay attention.
  • 1 0
 not sure if i missed something, because I usually know all brands. but what brand is this bike? Forestal??
  • 2 0
 Well, not as stupid as the yt mob at least.
  • 1 0
 Is it just me or is that not a 29" specific front fork? The tire looks tight in there.
  • 1 0
 Once Alu 3D printing becomes affordable and scale able expect to see more designs similar to these CNC’d beauties
  • 2 0
 best luck!
  • 2 0
 That bike looks sick.
  • 2 1
 Them black marks on the bottom tube , are those front tire skid marks?
  • 2 0
 probably from putting the bike on a rack while shuttling uphill
  • 1 0
 Cool team
  • 5 5
 What a beauty! But she is also good looking.
  • 2 2
 Brigade? U ok Pinkbike?

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