Words: Flo Payet
Welcome to Reunion Island, A small piece of land in the middle of the Indian Ocean that provides some crazy places to ride. It can be windy and rainy at times but for the most part, it's extremely sunny and hot This tropical French Island has everything you need right at your fingertips to develop a state-of-the-art MTB facility.
Born in 1986, I left my home soil in 2004 to compete in my first international Junior season and help put the Reunion Island on the map when it comes to mountain biking. 16 years later, after building my own way through the World Cup Circuit, I am back to live here with my family, wife and friends.
Building this line from the top of the mountain to the sea with my mates is a kid's dream and we decided to start it before I flew into Europe for my 17th World Cup season with the Scott Downhill Factory team.
With only a small budget but big motivation we believe we can create something special. The first kickers were shaped last month with the help of close farmer's friends on this beautiful side of the Island.
The project of The Storm Rider team managed by Flo Payet, is born.
Also with the help of a few small sponsors, we started to shape and make a small teaser 100% locally with Black Duck Productions. Have a look at it and let your imagination go wild for a track down to the sea with huge jumps, and lots of air time for the first double black of this future bike pack.
Of course, this project will take time, and need money so if you want to participate and help Reunion to develop crazy tracks and became a famous place to ride, feel free to join and help the foundation to finish this track as soon as possible
. Here is a small preview to feel and taste the potential of this place.
Thanks to everybody involved in this project, Storm Rider and Lebon’s family, Madlaps, Black Ducks production, my girlfriend Anne Faustin and the shapers who helped create this beauty - Theo Gauvin, Etienne Hoarau, Vany maillot and the maestro of the 40tones Moise Cuvellier.