La Palma, often nicknamed ‘Isla Bonita’ or ‘The Beautiful Island,’ was the destination of choice for Rémi Thirion and his Brushed Meta AM V4.2 to finish off an excellent downhill season, having achieved a 6th place world ranking!
The view from the highest point of the island, 2400m above the ocean.
Remi's bike: Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Brushed
Sunset over the sea, seen from the Roque de Los Muchachos, the highest point of the island.
From the first day on location, we were blown away by the beauty of the place. The Latin American influence was obvious and it’s just 3 hours by plane from France. The island is so diverse; we came across all types of terrain from coastal paths and pine forest to jungle and volcanoes, all in just three days!
Walking through the streets of Santa Cruz de la Palma, the capital city.
Calm before the storm.
|This Meta AM V4.2 is a good progression in evolution. It allows more commitment in downhill and through the technical sections. The bike is also more forgiving thanks to its increased travel. In addition, it's lighter and pedals better than its predecessor. - Remi Thirion.|
Jo Camacho, the owner of the estate where we were staying, was our guide on-site from the moment we arrived.
Known for its ancient trails and landscapes, this island of the Canary archipelago seemed perfect to go and ride enduro. The Meta AM V4.2 was, therefore, the ideal weapon for pedaling in search of the best trails on the mountain, often hidden in the heart of a forest or on volcanic faces.
Our biggest surprise was this black forest on the side of the main mountain, victim of a fire a few months earlier.
Remi finding his way in this unreal playground.
The Brushed version (lighter than a painted frame by up to 60g) of our new Meta V4.2 was also the perfect contrast to the many beautiful colours on this island. With the extra ".2” you get even more; a longer reach, a reworked kinematic and 10mm more travel to help on the up and downhills. All-round performance has been improved because of these new changes and with the added technologies of Boost and Metric, the Meta V4.2 is at the forefront of enduro.
The golden hour never disappoints, a perfect way to end the day.
Riding bikes can lead you to unusual places, like this fishing village, hidden between two lava flows at the edge of the ocean.
Bike and rider cleaned up after a day of filming.
Beyond just an experience on the bike, riding on this island allowed us to meet the local riders (founders and developers of the majority of the tracks of the island) who guided and helped us throughout filming. We were able to discover incredible places thanks to them and this gave us a little more insight into the way of life and the local culture. To spend time both on and off the bike with these local guys was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our stay.
Swimming in the ocean at sunset with the locals: an unforgettable moment.
Polaroid is not dead.
A tired Rémi, but always smiling after a day on the bike.
Thirteen international telescopes are installed on this island which is said to have “The purest sky of the Northern Hemisphere".
La Palma was, therefore, the perfect place to observe the Milky Way from the volcano.
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