The Chatel Mountain Style is the most unique FMB event of the year and the only big mountain comp in the FMB this year. Riders from around the world made their way to Chatel France to see what they could do with "The Face". The 300 meter long course is insanely steep with many new features for the year. Riders are finding that pedaling is not very necessary for this course. "You go from zero to 100 in no time around here," said Transition rider Nick Simcik.
The day opened up with some last minute fine tuning on the course. While course builders Romo and Sebi did an amazing job of building the new course some things always need a bit of work come contest time. In classic Berrecloth style, Darren hopped into a mini back ho and started digging away at one particularly problematic spot, the road gap at the top of the course. With warm temps, sunny skies and a mild breeze, the course is shaping up nicely for today's seating competition, the all in finals will go off tomorrow. Until then, enjoy some video and photos from beautiful Chatel France. Stay tuned for more!
Practice Day video
Nick Simcik's rider's view video of The Face, Chatel Mountain Style.
| You go from zero to 100 in no time around here. - Nick Simcik|
The lights through Chatel.
Chatel town square.
The fog was thick on Thursday. Thankfully the clouds have broken up for today's seating.
Into the clouds they go.
On our way to Pre-La-Joux
Top of the bike park.
Confirmed rider list; Pro and Am
The trails here are insanely steep.
Bottom of the course.
Mid course, looking down.
Classic Berrecloth style, GET TO WORK!
Andreu Lacondeguy is all smiles here in France.
Kyle Straight on the opening drop.
Unknown rider making quick work of the new dirt step up step down line.
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Special thanks to Sebee Giraldi for all the hospitality!