Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Jul 29, 2017
by Ben Winder  


Race day here in Les Carroz was bonkers. I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again today, why can’t we have World Cups in places like this. It was all thrills and spills for the French National Championships. The race was streamed live on Eurosport, the camera crew had 18 cameras on track, and the cameras covered the most exciting sections as well. The track is tough, rooty, rocky, slippery, dusty, fast, technical. It was a true test of bike skills in Les Carroz.

The weather teased us as the top 10 guys were about to head down the track. Dark clouds piled in, a few drops here and there, but thankully the worst held off.

Loic Bruni took the win by almost five seconds, a mean feat by any stretch of the imagination. Amaury Pierron took second place and Loris Vergier just a fraction behind. Myriam Nicole took the win by over 12 seconds in the women's race, with Marine Cabirou in second position, and Agnes Delest in third.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
The surrounding area is absolutely stunning here.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Flo Payet's bike, the fastest man yesterday.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Mechanics were fine tuning things on the bikes this morning.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
The track starts just a few meters from the lift station.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
And morning practice gets underway, big open corners a classic French style of DH racing.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
One of the fresh sections of track, the loam is pretty deep here with lots of hidden rocks.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
From above it's obvious how beaten up the track is.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loris Vergier making easy work of a section he had a little crash on yesterday.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Just off the podium for Rudy Cabirou, in fourth place.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
As this mornings practice draws to a close, riders head to the bottom to get everything prepared.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
These two were the favourites today, Flo Payet and Loic Bruni. One succeeded and one had an almighty crash.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loris Vergier.
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Amaury Pierron.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Myriam Nicole.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Bikes get their final race prep.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loic takes full advantage of his long wait before his race run.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Let the racing begin.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Guillaume Larbeyou.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loris Vergier scrubbing to the finish, and into third place.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Marine Cabirou, powering down into second place.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Amaury Pierron takes second position today.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Myriam Nicole, fastest woman today by over 12 seconds. Winning her second National Champs in a row.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loic Bruni was on a stormer and took home the national jersey.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Disaster for Flo today, a massive crash took him out of contention.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Myriam Nicole.
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loic Bruni.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Marine Cabirou.
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Amaury Pierron.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Loris Vergier.
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Agnes Delest.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
The look of happiness mixed with relief.

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Super Bruni is back!

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017
Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

Race Day in Les Carroz - French Downhill Championships 2017

That s all for this years French National Champs let s see more races tracks like this.
That's all for this years French National Champs, let's see more races/tracks like this.



MENTIONS: @BWinder




25 Comments

  • + 17
 Says This: "Race day here in Les Carroz was bonkers. I said it yesterday, and I’ll say it again today, why can’t we have World Cups in places like this."

..... includes picture of racer with a single crown fork.
  • + 6
 He must be a mad dog!
  • + 2
 I would love to know the story behind that guy. How did he place?
  • + 27
 Maybe the dude on the single crown rips and only has one bike and still wants to race his country's national race? There's a thought. I think this track looks way better than most of the World Cup venues. After following the World Cup for close to ten years it's boring to see the same stuff over and over.
  • + 7
 Dont understand why this is a big deal. How does this take away from the course/venue at all? Looks like a good track to me
  • + 6
 Simply the resort does not have money to pay UCI for their event. In many cases, the resorts rather spend money on developing the area instead of throwing it into one event that in many cases does not bring any exposure at all.
  • + 3
 @acetasting1992: same here, I raced the Irish National Champs last weekend on my enduro bike and finished 5th in junior, 7 seconds off the win. And i would say the majority off people at the race were on enduro bikes! ENDUROOOO
  • + 2
 Channelling his inner Jared Graves maybe. Respect to him though.
  • + 4
 I'm not sure if this is still the case, but French races used to have a 'Stock' class. This was for riders without full DH bikes and up to 160mm travel with single crowns, also riders under 16/18 (?) weren't allowed to race on full DH bikes, the idea to make it fairer, more accessible and to develop riders skills instead of plopping them on to a full on DH bike at age 12.
  • + 6
 At Italian DH champs in Bormio there was a lot singlecrowns

Also some pro's from ews

After the elite.. a lot of "amateurs" simply race for fun
  • + 5
 Wow! That looks like a rad venue and race. Wish I could have caught it online today! Congrats to Loic!!!
  • + 3
 Looks awesome. Mega coverage and crowds! And a deep field which guarantees great racing. Did Payet get any splits before his crash? Will the coverage go on the net?
  • + 3
 Payet was 2s back already before his crash, Loic really was on fire !
  • + 5
 roast beef bro!
  • + 4
 Congrats, Pompon & Loic... Nice Race
  • + 3
 Loic is not a one hit wonder...hes just getting his speed back.
  • + 4
 I heart PonPom.
  • + 1
 I really want to see an on boar cam of this race, somebody nows where I can find it?? (Specific YouTube channel or a link to a pinkbike video) Thanks!
  • + 1
 check "P2V team" on facebook they made a track preview with loic and also a really great "raw" footage on track side .... With a few crashes into roots section
  • + 1
 Can't tell if that pic of Loris caught him completely off guard or if he's doing his best fashion model impression.
  • + 1
 The pics and vids I've seen of that track make it look brilliant. Would be terrifying in the wet with all the roots tho.
  • + 1
 nice events ! if anyone wants more picture, there is a full report on www.biker38.com... thanks me later
  • + 1
 i haven't, made it to la carroz for a few years now but it would be good to go watch a race there.
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