Video & Photo Story: Take A Lap with the Orbea Enduro Team's Laura Charles

Apr 29, 2021
by Orbea  

We invite you to meet the new Orbea FOX Enduro Team rider, Laura Charles. We journeyed to France to discover her day-to-day life between Auvergne and Ardèche, where she lives and trains for the Enduro World Series.

Laura Charles approaches life the same way she descends trails on her Rallon, with courage and determination. The French rider opens her world to us and shares what her day-to-day life is like in the surrounding areas of Ardèche and Auvergne, perfect locations to balance her enduro riding and ski passion. With a permanent smile on her face and familiarity, Laura reveals to us the facets of her life that make her such an incredibly versatile rider. Dive into her world through this video and series of photos.

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


bigquotesRiding a bicycle is freedom”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


bigquotesWhat I like the most about cycling is that you can be alone out there with the nature”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


bigquotesEnduro is not just a men’s sport. There’s also a place for women. We just need to tell ourselves we can do it”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Wheeling with one of the Auvergne's volcanos in the background


bigquotesSomething I like about Orbea is that they have a huge range of bikes for every discipline”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


The Orbea FOX Enduro Team rider shares her love for cycling with her mother, who describes cycling as “a wonderful passion”

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Laura and her mother riding on the roads around Super Besse, where she also works as Ski coach


bigquotesI spend the whole winter in Auvergne because I am also a Ski instructor”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Biathlon is one of the Ski disciplines that Laura coaches



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
On top of racing Enduro and being a Ski instructor, Laura also works as MTB instructor for kids close to Ardeche

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


bigquotesI’m very proud that she is currently among the best in the world,” admits her brother, Clement, Laura’s riding mate at the start of her careerClement Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Laura and Clement riding their home trails in Auvergne


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


bigquotesTraining on different terrains helps me a lot to improve as a rider”Laura Charles

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
The woods in her home of Auvergne are some of Laura's favourites

Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Back in Ardeche riding with her boyfriend Alex. Dry and rocky trails as opposite to the dirt from Auvergne


bigquotesWhen it comes to balancing personal life and racing, she has massive support from her partner, Alex, emphasizing the value of having someone who “understands sports as you understand it.”Laura Charles


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Cook together, trail build together, ride together



Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team


Take A Lap with Laura Charles Orbea Enduro Team
Laura's Orbea Rallon R5



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12 Comments

  • 23 0
 I'll be honest, I could have looked at another ten photos of the bike/gear storage room.
  • 8 0
 Really fast girl. I really like this serie of videos from Orbea.
  • 5 0
 Hey that's where I'm from! Good to see these landscapes on Pinkbike! #AuvergneForever
  • 3 0
 Great video! I was at a very physical and technical race last Sunday on the Pyrenees where she took 1st place. Really impressed with her riding!
  • 2 0
 it is really great to live with a passion that goes through all your aspects of life: intense but fulfilling. Keep it up!
  • 2 0
 Great to see a young pro rider who transmits passion to young riders ... I hope it will have a good season
  • 1 0
 A huge range of bike for every discipline.. Can't wait to see orbea s new DH bike
  • 2 0
 Home ! Please admire our "Puy de Dôme" :-)
  • 1 0
 Does she ride for Commencal too ?
  • 1 0
 Laura just glides over those rocks.
  • 1 0
 A "strong" team also!
  • 1 1
 seventh

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