Chatel Mountain Style 2011 - Practice Day

Jul 1, 2011 at 23:40
by Devon Balet  
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!

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Practice Day video

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Nick Simcik's rider's view video of The Face, Chatel Mountain Style.

bigquotes You go from zero to 100 in no time around here. - Nick Simcik

Town lights
The lights through Chatel.

Chatel town square.
Chatel town square.

Chatel cemetery
Chatel cemetery

Some local garden art.

Fog was thick on Thursday.
The fog was thick on Thursday. Thankfully the clouds have broken up for today's seating.

Into the clouds they go.

Local buses have some serious bike racks. Nick checking over his bike before heading up to the mtn.
On our way to Pre-La-Joux

Top of the bike park Pre-La-Joux
Top of the bike park.

Confirmed riders pro and am
Confirmed rider list; Pro and Am

It is steep in these parts
The trails here are insanely steep.

Bottom of course
Bottom of the course.

Mid course looking down.
Mid course, looking down.

Classic Berrecloth style get to work
Classic Berrecloth style, GET TO WORK!

Andreu Lacondeguy is all smiles here in France.

Opening drop
Kyle Straight on the opening drop.

One of the new lines on course. Dirt step up step down.
Unknown rider making quick work of the new dirt step up step down line.

Be sure to check back for more from Chatel Mountain Style!

Special thanks to Sebee Giraldi for all the hospitality!

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  • + 31
 It's like a gnarly mix of big mountain freeride, downhill and slopestyle. Crazy!
  • + 27
 redbull rampage+crankworx slopestyle=chatelmountainstyle?
  • + 8
  • + 1
 my personal favorite comp of the year. Go bearclaw!
  • - 4
flag moongose (Jul 2, 2011 at 11:39) (Below Threshold)
 Easily the best comp of the year. Even better than rampage.
  • + 6
 Anyone else find this ironic? The ONLY big mountain comp in the F(freeride)MB? Something's wrong here...Bit of a misnomer, no? I don't really see dirtjumping as freeriding...but um...ok Razz
Looks like nothing but DH bikes, wonder if anyone will be runnign a short travel?...I'd hate to crash with all those rocks
And no, It's not better than the rampage! Wink
  • + 1
 only big mountain?
rampage and chatel man Smile just not this year unfortunately.
but agreed, comps like this are way sick.
  • + 2
 It says in the article it's the only big mountain one this year, I know about the rampage hahaha, I competed last year Razz I just want to see more events of this type in the FMB.
  • + 15
 This is Mountainbiking!!!
  • + 8
 This is Spartaaaa!
  • + 10
 Didn't someone recently pose the question 'is the free ride over?'
Question answered!
  • + 4
 I was thinking the same thing.
  • + 6
 "Andreu Lacondeguy is all smiles here in France"

hhh he's alwayes smiles...
  • + 2
 Awesome stuff Nick and Devon. This is the best info I have seen on this event with out being there in person. There needs to be more events like this one. It is a complete crossover from Big Mountain skiing and snow boarding which mountain biking is in my book, at least "free-ride" mountain biking that is.
  • + 2
 Definitely needs to be more events like this one! Its such a sick and fun course!
  • + 1
 I would love to throw a comp like this. Stoked to see more coverage this year!
  • + 1
 That would be so sick James! Lots of big mountain riding this winter @church and Utah?
  • + 1
 Fo sho
  • + 6
 Those drops are BIG.
  • + 14
 I'd hit one of those monsters and probably end up in Chatel cemetery.
  • + 1
 The biggest of the two northshores (look the photo with Kyle Strait)generates a drop of 12 meters, and during the last comp' in 2010, only 3 riders (monsters) used it at the beginning (Semeniuk, Sorge & Berrecloth)!
The second drop represents 8 meters :-D and even the am' riders (40% of competitors each year in average) are forced to take one of these two drops :-s
  • + 1 - Cam zink helmet cam

they have made the last double 60ft...
  • + 4
 is there eny webcast?
  • + 1
 Thanks keep the updates coming !

When is finals ?
  • + 1
 Today, Sunday. Two run finals.
  • + 3
 Reminds me of a level from downhill domination
  • + 1
 Hahaha kinda does huh?
  • + 3
 Looks awesome! That course is sick, Chatel looks epic!
  • + 4
 Now THATS a slope course
  • + 3
 The best event over a year
  • + 0
 I believe the Whistler Crankworx is the best event of the year, so stoked for that!
  • + 3
 Thats a different kind of event tho really , crankworxs is BMX for hacks , this is a mountain bike event.
  • + 7
 ^^ how is crankworxs for BMX... the garbo dh?? theres 1 BMX event also the slopestlye, best trick, canadian open, garbonzo dh, the xc, duel salom. i think crankworxs qualifies for a mountain bike event.
  • + 2
 Chatel and Cranworx are both great events, but overall Whistler is where it's at with comps in my opinion.
  • + 2
 Why does the list say Garreth Buehler? Is his name not Garrett?
  • + 2
  • + 2
 Huge drop!! awesome times!
  • + 1
 So awesome! Nice job Nick!
  • + 1
 I really hope we can watch it all live on Pinkbike
  • + 1
 What is the schedule of events for tomorrow?
  • + 1
 2 Final runs, one at 11am and the other at 1 pm. That is French time, so super early in the morning for you guys back in the states.
  • + 0
 alex pro is there, gonna be some burnt cars and looting!
  • + 3
 Alex is not here
  • + 1
no he's not?
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