Profile: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot on Training with Cecile Ravanel, Depression, Disordered Eating, & More

Jun 1, 2022 at 23:22
by Matt Wragg  

“I knew in the dry I would be almost unbeatable.” There is no ego when Pauline Ferrand-Prevot talks about the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Through the highs and the lows, her voice is quiet, matter of fact. “I never, ever imagined that it could be raining. It's crazy, but I even didn't have the right tires for the terrain. Now, I can say, ‘I'm so stupid,’ but it is crazy.”

There is a level some athletes reach, when they have worked, sacrificed, and won, where they can talk about big things in simple terms. Sitting in the team van, huddling from the wind blowing from the Gulf of St Tropez, it is easy to forget that the petite, blonde lady huddling in her big, puffy jacket to keep warm may be the greatest bicycle racer of her generation. She is the only bicycle racer ever to hold World Championship titles in road, mountain bike, and cyclocross at the same time. The expectation was that Pauline would go on to dominate women’s road cycling.

Many check books would have opened for a young rider with those kinds of results, they eclipse the palmares of a young Wout van Aert or Mathieu Van Der Poel, but Pauline spurned the more traditional and lucrative route of pursuing a career in road cycling to follow her passion - mountain biking. “I don't even know how much I earn,” she admits. “I'm not lying, I want to earn my life in cycling because you need to eat and you need to have money, like everyone. But it's not the priority, I want to follow my passion and enjoy my life.”

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

It is hard for most of us to even imagine her last year. The Olympic cycle was the culmination of five years’ dedication, five years of obsessing and sacrificing. All this leading to a fragile, three-week window of form. Finally, a one-and-a-half-hour slot where your entire life’s work will be judged. Imagine your entire working life distilled into a single point, then throw the expectations of an entire country on top of that. How would you cope if it went wrong?

More than almost anybody else, Pauline knows how low it can go, because she carried much of the same pressure into the Rio Olympics in 2016. “After Rio, I was very depressed,” She recalls. “For a few months. It was the hardest time of my life and I had to spend a few weeks in hospital. So I said, ‘Ok, after Tokyo, even if don’t win or don't have a good race, I never want to be like in Rio again’.”

This past winter has been a time for unflinching reflection. “After this Olympic season, it was important to just sit,” she explains. “To write on paper what was good from the last five years because the Olympic season is just one year, but we prepare for so long before. So it was very important for me to sit and to just know what was good or not. I know I can be super strong physically. I know I can be super-well prepared mentally. These are the things I know I can do. I'm good at arriving at a one-day race, knowing that I will be in super shape.”

Pauline recognizes that the sport is changing though, “I think our sport is growing and it's becoming more technical and more explosive. Before it was two-hour races, and now it's only one hour and fifteen minutes. I think you have to work differently. I'm 30, I'm not old, but yeah… I come from the old generation with my past on the road bike. So my technique is good, but I'm not the best. I knew this winter that it was my weakness and I have to work on it. The other point is that I never did strength training in the past, I started this winter to have more explosivity and more energy. I think it can make a big difference.”

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

There is a word Pauline uses when analyzing her performance from last summer - “skinny”. Picking her up on it, she is keen to talk about it, “It's really good to speak about it because a lot of young girls are making mistakes with weight and being skinny.”

There is a lot of history to unpick around this subject, “In cross-country, there was always a lot about weight because if you are skinny, you can climb faster. A lot of young girls didn't eat and wanted to be skinny to be strong. It's an endurance sport, so you cannot be too heavy to go fast, but because there is less and less long climbing, you don't you don't need to be super skinny.”

“You know that I made this mistake in the past?” Again, Pauline drops a huge truth in her quiet matter-of-fact way. “I was not eating enough. In the beginning, you are super good, it is like you are flying. It's crazy because you didn't change anything in your training, but because you have less weight you are flying on the climbs. And because you are like this, you want to more and more. It's like when you have one tattoo, you want more and more… it's the same.”

“You feel good because you are skinny,” she continues, “but you are only like this for a few weeks or a few months, if you are lucky. After it's a total disaster because your body is empty and because we are women, we need fat because you are meant to make babies. It's huge damage for your body and you can’t see this before, you know? It's terrible because you can’t feel it and you can’t see it, and when it happens, you are nothing, you have no power, you are tired, you don't have your cycle… it’s terrible. It takes months or years to recover from that. And yeah, it's hard. It's hard because it's good and then it's not good, and you don't really realize why at the time.”

Once you have recognized this tendency in yourself, how do you live with it? For Pauline, the answer is in the detail, “It’s really annoying, but I need to weigh all my food when I want to be at a certain weight.”

“I talk with my trainer and he might say, ‘Ok, you have to lose two kilos, but not too fast’.” While most people are familiar with the idea of counting calories to lose weight, Pauline comes at the problem from the other side, “He might say that I have to eat 2000 calories per day. That's pretty good, you can still lose weight with two thousand calories, but you will not lose two kilos in one month, it will take longer. It's safer. For me, I found that if I weigh all my food and I put it on an app, then I have the number of calories I eat per day. Because I'm an extreme person. If my trainer told me to lose two kilos, I would lose it in a really short time, you know?”

Over the past winter, Pauline reordered her life to work towards her next goal - Paris 2024. Top of the list was moving to Frejus to be near her technical coach and former MTB enduro world champion, Cecile Ravanel. After we talk, she heads out onto the test track at the Boulouris CREPS center. Jumps are today's objective.

The center has built replicas of some of the largest jumps in cross-country racing for riders to familiarise themselves with. What is most impressive is that Pauline clearly is not comfortable on them. She looks like doesn’t really want to be doing this, but has decided that this is what she needs to do to win, so she clears every single one of them, over and over again. That kind of strength of willpower is a rare thing. Yet to see Cecile and Pauline together, you might forget this is serious work with a real risk of injury as the pair can barely stop laughing when they are together.

A little later, reigning downhill world cup champion, Valentina Höll, joins them on the pump track. Pauline is thriving being surrounded by other exceptional athletes, “It is like a dream for me to ride with Vali, because, for me, she is the strongest woman in downhill today. It’s just pure happiness and I can learn a lot. She gives her advice, but not too much, so it’s super helpful and I can understand more. There’s no rivalry because we are not coming from the same discipline, so it’s just super helpful. And Cecile was the biggest star in enduro - it’s all about learning with humility and having fun.”

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot training. St Raphael France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

When you understand that Pauline’s career is defined by the Olympics, you can see the phases clearly. In her first phase, she followed the path expected of her, racing on the road, trying to fit into a fairly traditional career path. After the disappointment in Rio, you can see the shift - she began to withdraw from road racing and it is no coincidence that she ended up working with one of the two people ever to defend an Olympic XCO title {Paolo Pezzo won in both 1996 and 2000).

For 2022, she is still part of Julien Absalon’s team, despite their personal split. She is travelling to races with Cecile, Cecile’s husband and business partner, Cedric, and Barry Austin, her coach. To put herself in the best possible mindset, she is consciously building a group of people that make her comfortable, “I need to be in a very good atmosphere and to feel very good. These people help me feel good and, for me, it's the most important thing.”

And that is the start of her third phase. This past winter she has spent more days racing enduro than road bikes, bagging laps on a DH bike, and showing up to the Frejus kids’ club to ride with them. Looking through her social media from this past winter, she is smiling in almost every frame.

It is too early for Pauline to know what her program might look like heading to the Paris Olympics, team negotiations will happen later. Yet when you look at her journey as one of self-realization as she matures as an athlete, for this next phase, it is clear that she intends to be at the center of it all and, maybe more importantly, she intends to have fun.

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  • 158 4
 A lot of humility in that article. takes a very brave person. We all deal, have dealt or will deal with think about having the nerve to talk about to the planet on the biggest website for your sport!?

I just don't know how she sits down with balls that big. Smile
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flag KK11 (Aug 23, 2022 at 14:51) (Below Threshold)
 Tasty content.
  • 88 2
 “Looking through her social media from this past winter, she is smiling in almost every frame”.
I wish we could lose this a measure of how someone is doing. This article tries to highlight how difficult it is to open up about eating disorders/depression. But there still seems to be an expectation that social media shows how happy professional athletes are (smiling in almost every frame). I would love to see sponsors (and fans) celebrating authentic stories on social media, the good the bad and the ugly. It would make the ugly far less stigmatised; good for the athletes, good for the fans that also struggle. It’s not easy to be that candid, but we should do what we can to make it easy.
  • 28 0
 I'd agree that social media is not a good gauge of anything, but I don't know Pauline outside this, and there was a definite change of tone in her social media this winter that reflected what I saw when I was with her.
  • 17 3
 Authenticity and truth on social media is an oxymoron. They do not go together like a horse and carriage.
  • 7 1
 @mattwragg: her stories showed a lot of little things that indicate a happy life: candid things, real food cooked by her mother, crashes with friends, friends laughing, absurd things, funny things etc.

There are those who keep a very one-dimensional view on display and are very prominent. Pfp keeps it way more real than those.
  • 43 0
 More articles like this please Smile
  • 33 3
 The penalty for not being able to ride an obstacle on an XC course should be that you are slower than those who can clear it - not that you are injured or worse. Drops or gaps on XC courses without ride arounds are a recipe for career ending injuries. Forcing XC riders to clear them is simply spectator bloodsport. DH and Enduro racers have full armour, massive suspension and are only expected to maintain their intensity for five to ten minutes at a go where XC racers are going at full throttle for over an hour in only lycra. That's not going to end well some day. To be clear, I'm not against drops or gaps on XC courses. Keep them in. I'm just against not having slower alternate ride around lines for them.
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flag nowaybro (Aug 23, 2022 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 I mean everything there hitting is pretty small and at a high level it's not like they don't have skills
  • 14 0
 @nowaybro: True, but man the erosion in skills when you are breathing through your eyeballs cannot be understated. It's hard to simply stay upright.
  • 13 0
 Is this a MVdP sock account
  • 15 1
 Personally, I like that XC is becoming more technical. We're talking about mountain bike racing at the highest level after all, and I personally don't think it's technical enough when people can so easily switch from road to xc and dominate because they have superior aerobic fitness. There needs to be more of a balance between the fitness and technical skill required for success in XC at the world cup level. Pauline perusing strength training is a sign that things are moving in the right direction in my opinion. It makes sense for a pro level road biker to dominate gravel racing, it doesn't make sense for the same to happen in mountain bike racing. Not without the athlete having exceptional skills and a more balanced physique to go along with their high level of fitness.
  • 9 0
 @ripridesbikes: Pauline always rode MTB and CX since her early years. She may have been slightly more inept compared to pure MTBers, but let's not pretend random roadies are coming in and dominating XCO. People like VDP and Pidcock had a strong background in technical skills before starting an XCO World Cup.
  • 2 1
 Skills pay the bills. Sink or swim. Cream rises to the top, Etc.
  • 26 1
 Is it just me, or do others also read her quotes in her voice?
  • 21 1
 That is actually what I aim for - I try not to overedit quotes so hopefully the reader gets the impression you describe...
  • 19 0
 Great interview Matt! An incredible athlete.
  • 13 3
 Commencal needs a XC team
  • 6 0
 Ha, I was prodding to see if they'd drop some hints, but no luck.
  • 29 1
 Haha! I can picture it now. A "lightweight xc" bike that weighs 32 pounds.
  • 3 1
 Unless they start dropping a shit load of coin into R&D and carbon frames, its never gonna happen unfortunately. We would see carbon enduro/trail rigs first to get their feet wet with what they already know.
  • 7 4
 @mrkumro: yet still cracks.
  • 2 5
 But I guess they would look at signing up a rider with more XC technical ability like Neff or Rissveds; they would just fit better with Commencal's brand soul...
  • 3 0
 @wilsonians: there are riders on the circuit using alibaba open mold frames....
  • 2 0
 @Arev: snap... that's interesting
  • 2 0
 @Arev: Oh, that's interesting!
  • 12 1
 Merci beaucoup
  • 6 0
 Tremendous work here, Matt. I love how characteristically matter-of-fact she is. I can’t imagine how gutting the Olympics were for Pauline - that whole sequence with Neff was difficult to watch play out in real time. I’m confident Pauline will be in top form for Paris and I’m pleased that she seems happy and contented now.
  • 16 2
 This article showed a lot of humility, and I can't imagine making racing choices under Olympic pressure, but Neff put on a master class in Tokyo after Pauline nearly took her out on the courses most consequential feature.
  • 7 5
 @sspiff: Pauline didn't take her out, Pauline rolled a drop that could be rolled. It is not her responsibility to worry about how people behind her gonna do that feature.
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 @Willikers: word
  • 6 0
 Great writing here. I had forgotten that she was human and that she might actually enjoy mtb. Personally I, a casual XC fan, had assumed she was a roadie that dabbled in xc but now I can see that she is all in on the dirt. I gained a lot of respect for her through this article too. I had never considered that she had worked towards the Olympics for so long. She must be an incredibly strong person to pick up the pieces after that defeat and start working towards the next one. Way to go Pauline.
  • 8 0
 What a great insight into her path and how she changed her approach getting older. Also very well written.
  • 6 1
 Great interview and images, thank you.
In answer to the questions ... no, I definitely can't imagine my career being defined by a performance every ~4 years.
These articles help to view those athletes who don't get gold with just as much interest and respect as those who do. Not that PFP needs any qualifications, she's off the chart amazing.
  • 6 0
 Thanks for sharing. My experiences in motocross as a kid left me with pretty serious depression issues. Makes me feel better knowing I’m not alone
  • 3 0
 2 wheeled sports can be cruel. glad i got to ride with you for fun later in life!
  • 5 1
 Measure yourself against yourself and you will most likely feel successful. Measure yourself against others and you will find you are little less successful. Let others define and measure you and you will most often feel like a failure. A high level athlete must manage all three measures - more than most people can comprehend - it must tough!
  • 2 0
 Comparison is the thief of joy.
  • 8 2
 Huge props to Pauline for being candid about health issues and working on weaknesses. This is the stuff aspiring kids need to see and hear from their role models.
  • 3 0
 She only hints at it here but there is a big problem with high level female athletes and over training meaning they stop having periods, Evie talks about it more on a BBC article this week. It just seems to be accepted as the norm, what you 'have' to do to make it but national coaching and teams need to be more focused on their wellbeing.
  • 6 2
 eating disorders no shock with some of the new generation looking impossibly unhealthy
  • 2 1
 Caroline, Line and Noelle have half the upper body mass of some riders. Hell even Loana looks bigger than some of them.
  • 4 0
 Maybe Pauline can give the PB staff a break and take on the huck-to-flat duties from now on
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I can't tell because of the glasses, but who's the guy sitting in the commencal hoodie? I know she did a lot of riding with Kilian Bron this summer.

Great article. Those are some serious jumps, especially on an xc bike! Good luck PFP!
  • 2 0
 Cedric Ravanel.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: thanks man! Great article!
  • 3 0
 Every time there is an in depth, story driven article on PB like this I want more!
  • 4 0
 Great interview, wish her all the best in the future.
  • 3 0
 I wanted to see tbe rest of that road gap, looked pretty big, what xc course is that similar too!
  • 2 0
 Great Interview, makes her more sympathetic. All the best for your future Pauline.
  • 1 0
 When I saw her training with Cecile I was really hoping to see her in some Enduros. After this article I realize that is probably not in the cards.
  • 3 0
 Great interview, @mattwragg.
  • 3 1
 Shit if shes being trained by Cecilie she will be unstoppable !
  • 6 5
 As talented as she is, PFP has a long ways to go if she wants bike handling skills like Jolanda Neff.
  • 3 0
 Don't forget she was World Champ on a road bike and in CX, that's going to take time away from bike handling skills Also it sounds like the Swiss junior teams focused on skills to a much greater than others a decade or two ago.... I'm sure that's evened itself up now
  • 5 0
 Then again, Jolanda is a bit off the charts.
  • 13 1
 @50percentsure: Neff, to me, represents what XC racing should be. A high level of aerobic fitness for sure but also possessing the technical skills that separate MTB racers from other disciplines.
Bugs me when MTB races are won on legs/lungs alone. We already have cycling disciplines for that type of rider.
  • 4 1
 @ripridesbikes: You're chasing rainbows while wearing rose-colored glasses.

If everyone became as equally technically competent as Jolanda, and the courses made more technical, the winners would inevitably still win due to being more physically fit (which even happens in DH)... Then there would be discussions from people about how XCO still is not technical enough and we are back to square one.
  • 3 1
 @Jamminator: The physically fit part though would look different than it does in xc today. Upper body strength and endurance would be needed to round out a well balanced rider making it more difficult for crossover stars to seamlessly switch back and forth with as much success.
I don't know though, maybe that would make the sport less appealing to those big names and therefore less funding in the sport.... whatever, I'm just a guy on the internet that would like to see more bike handling skills across the board in XC racing.
  • 2 1
 @ripridesbikes: It already looks different because the change you describe has happened if you compare today's XCO to 25 years ago... the predominantly double track laden XC courses that were 2.5hrs long have been replaced with shorter races that are far more technical. Hence the 'chasing rainbow' comment. Everyone wants change every generation, so there will never be a stopping point that appeases everyone.
  • 3 1
 @Jamminator: you're spot on, though it is interesting that there is no race category for 'riding up and down a mountain as fast as possible'. Modern XCO is the only one that comes close.
  • 2 1
 @Willikers: not sure what your definition of 'riding up as fast as possible' is, but my experience of Enduro is a long way from that
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 @HankHank: ha, as fast as possible means as fast as possible given your terrain appropriate machine.
An xco bike would fall apart on certain courses, but would be appropriate for something less gnarly.
Perhaps you are used to soft courses.
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 @HankHank: also you didn't write that initially, you wrote up and down and changed it to up only.
I suggest you look at what you wrote before you start arguing something different.
  • 1 1
 @mattwragg: oh sweet! This is exactly what I was thinking of, had no idea it existed.

Trust the French to be the ones creating such a savage event.
  • 5 7
 Concussions, Depression, Social Media struggles are nothing new, I am just curious why its proliferating todays pro cyclists? this was not happening 10-20-30 yrs ago in sport. A friend of mine told me "It was, we are just more open about it" and I am not so sure that is the case.
  • 4 1
 Because we either didn’t have social media or it was in its very infancy. Concussion wise people definitely had them they just paid the attention they deserved.
  • 16 0
 I think your friend is right to an extent, but there is also an element that we understand these things and the impacts they have on people's lives much more. As someone who lives with mental illness {and maybe the effects of TBI}, I can tell you that attitudes are changing, which is a massive improvement, but there is still a long way to go. What we don't know is how many of those people from the past are quietly suffering today - I hear rumblings every so often that a number of the early freeriders are not in a good way after the slams they took, but it is never discussed publicly. How many careers endied early? How many athletes sufffered post-career? These things were always there and the only way it gets better is by dragging them out into the light.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: Yes, the environment (peer acceptance, wider awareness, etc.) is more favorable - so there is certainly a part of we didn't know/didn't talk about it whereas now we (blessedly) do.

There's also, however, additional situational pressure that makes things harder - and makes at least the mental health piece more challenging. There's a pretty well documented negative effect of social media use/exposure on mental health in the general population; given that athletes depend on social media for their livelihood, you can probably speculate that they'll be exposed to that as well. And then there's the pandemic, which just gave us a bit over two years of emotional rollercoaster, additional uncertainty/anxiety, and a general sense of not being in control of your own destiny.
  • 10 1
 Meh. My dad was from the generation where no one shared their feelings. He died earlier this year in his 60s as an angry, bitter person who dealt with his emotions by yelling at everyone. I'd rather people be open about their struggles than bottle them up until the end. Life's short.
  • 5 1
 That is false. Riders died in their sleep because their blood was too thick. Riders did what they were told or were booted off teams. Riders kept racing despite concussions and other injuries. If you don't like what the sport's really like, look away.
  • 2 1
 @mattwragg: Matt, I know quite a few of the early freeriders and of course 'early' Downhillers, I've lived with one for 30 years (Leigh Donovan)...I was also her mechanic for 10 years of World Cup and National racing, watched her crash a LOT in helmets that had zero rotational protection. I don't think we ever employed this notion of "Shake it off, get back out there" attitude that many people reference the 'old days'...we were not that dumb. But I don't remember EVER anyone having concussion symptoms like we see today, which is very interesting to me. I don't remember prolonged headaches, dizziness, memory loss, etc....and I spent evenings in condos with so many of these pros-being open about personal life shit, we would have shared these thoughts. So what has changed?? some say "they are going so much faster", maybe, I mean yes they are going faster, but some of the crashes of yesteryear were as brutal. Something has changed, not sure what it is, maybe digital diet life has transformed the brain into a far more sensitive body part?
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 @stiksandstones: not him.. to your last point of course haven't you read the comments here?!

Leigh - she was awesome. But precision and speed are through the roof now; one tiny tiny mistake can set you up for a tree baptism. The speeds and technicality are insane compared to that era. The bikes are way way better, the competition in the training is way way better. Higher speeds in more technical terrain equals snafu.

Rewatch Leigh and tune in to worlds this weekend - it's an entirely different sport.
  • 2 0
 @stiksandstones: Big topic, eh? There is so much that we don't know because nobody was thinking about these things at the time - I know that with my TBI from 2008 I have zero idea about how much it has affected me as nobody was interested in me once the hospital figured out my brain wasn't bleeding. I get what you're saying though, having shot with Wade a few years ago, he seemed in good form. But... we can't know how much people keep to themselves - maybe that environment is exactly where they would want to hide their weaknesses as they are competing for the same contracts/competitions. I do think there is something about the progression of the sport - I live by the Cap D'Ail track and I have never ridden it because it looks to dull to bother with (the Peille DH is another matter Wink ), but how long is a piece of string? And there is probably something about us as a species turning into screen-obsessed indoor dwellers...
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 @Willikers: Explain why Motocross and Supercross riders, whom, using your analogy are also going "through the roof" now, but, there are no SX/MX riders sitting out their even longer seasons from symptoms, depression, mental breaks, etc.
Entirely different sport, it evolved for sure, but try riding a 95' race bike today, the skill required to go fast was still...required, you make it sound like it was easy to ride back then. And your training comment is ignorant, the peak performance riders of that era weren't all drinking vodka, they were in the gym, on the road bikes, getting physical testing done, all trying to find any marginal gains on their competition.
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 @stiksandstones: well sx/mx riders have a different mindset, as you alluded to. The culture is entirely different.
No I did not make it sound like it was easier to ride back then. It was hard just like it is hard now.
No your comment regarding my ignorance is quite frankly amazingly ignorant for someone in the sport.
Training consists of memorizing each Stone rock root, every freaking millimeter due to multiple scouts filming every square inch of the course. Riders watch them over and over to commit everything to memory. Part of training is feedback for setup using telemetry. Did you have that back in the day - of course not. To not consider that is brain dead on your part. Did you guys emphasize core training, activation, balance balls, juggling? No. Apparently you don't realize that's what every Rider does now.
Since you missed my point entirely I will have to reiterate but it's like talking to a stick or a stone: the tools are at a much much higher level. But if you have to ask the question to an internet forum given your background I guess you don't know very much.
This is exactly like arguments in basketball, where people from back in the day think their sport was the greatest during that era and everybody now is soft. The athletes are all tremendously good now and the competition is through the roof in all sports.
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 @Bree33: Yep , same type of father here. But in his 70s'. Only time he opens up is after having a few drinks, and that's about once every 5 years.
  • 2 1
 @stiksandstones: Your SX/MX point is incorrect - both Roczen and Webb have taken time away from the sport this year without specific injuries, Webb has even sat out the entire outdoor season.
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 @stiksandstones: I forgot biometrics. Wearables. New emphasis on rest. Yoga. Meditation. Proprioception training. Finally honed diets.
I'll let you know if I think of anything else.
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 @mattwragg: this posted twice, dont know why.
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 Read this the other day, seems its in fashion
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 Our increased awareness of mental health issues is a double-edged sword, increasing help and understanding for those who really need it and maybe creating a convenient crutch for those who don’t. Hard to tell when it’s legit but the issues are real. It’s nice for celebrities that they can afford to just “take a break.” Most humans can’t do that.
  • 1 0
 Showing a weakness is not a weakness. It's how other perceive it .
  • 1 0
 Good article
  • 1 3
 Full face on da xc bike
  • 7 0
 Jumping an xc bike with 80mm dropper is a different game than a DH bike, with a different skillset. It makes perfect sense
  • 18 1
 Welcome to another edition of "pinkbiker tells one of the greatest cyclists ever how to bike"

I'm sure she knows what she's doing, plus if I was given a Red Bull helmet I'd wear it riding to the supermarket
  • 2 5
 life has gotten too easy
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 What made you come to that conclusion?
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 @Ososmash: well because there are people in Europe who have their homes shot to pieces, their husbands killed, have to flee their country etc and on the other hand you have PFP who is depressed cuz it rained in f*cking Tokyo and she had to ride her bike in the mud
  • 4 1
 @mo-T: So what your saying is that you are always the happiest person alive because you are literally not being raped by your father in a cellar everyday?

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