Rémy Absalon – Make Your Mark | SHIMANO

Rémy Absalon – Make Your Mark | SHIMANO


We started mountain biking with
my brother a long time ago. My brother rode
with my neighbours. They said to my parents: ‘Julien is
good, he should race cross country’. He started like this and
I followed after that. With all disciplines
of mountain bike… …with trial, downhill
and cross country. It was hard to make a choice. I liked the physical aspect… …and also all the technical
stuff, the fun and the adrenaline. And at this period the Enduro
started and I loved it. It was exactly
what I want to do. A mix of physical and
technical long rides. And when I tried it I switched
to the Enduro side… …I’m happy about this choice. The bikes at the beginning
were quite small. With 26 inch wheels. Now the bikes grew with bigger wheels… …the bikes are longer… …very stable… …you can go fast. The angles, everything changed… …the geometry… …also the kinematics with the
really good suspensions… …and now the bikes
are every year faster. It’s like downhill, because
you can ride very fast. You can take a stage from
the beginning of 2005… …and now you can
go really faster. I tried my first
Megavalanche in 2002. It was the biggest race
of the year for me. I think I raced something
like 20 Megavalanches… …between Alpe d’Huez
and Reunion Island… …maybe a bit more. I won twelve times. In the beginning you could
not win every year. You have to be very lucky to
finish without any issue… …any puncture, or break
a wheel or derailleur. I think it’s the
highlight of my career. For me it’s the most
important race of the year. It was very fun and a different
kind of Enduro races. I was lucky to live twenty years
of experience and adventure… …it’s been two years now that I’ve
been more in a transition phase. From racer to team manager. I’m more focused and I push our young
riders Elliot Trabac and Hugo Pigeon… …on the racing side with the full
focus on the Enduro World Series. Life goes on, I’m 36 now and
things have changed in my life. We live now with our
little girl, Tara. It’s very cool to live this. And you don’t learn
to be a daddy… …but you just live
this awesome experience. Each time I come back
home I’m really happy. I’m lucky to have
this kind of life. Sometimes I’m really busy and far away… …but sometimes I’m here and I
can enjoy some good moments. Even if I love to discover new
countries and new spots… …I’m always happy
to come back. I feel like this is the
best spot for riding. This loam and these kinds of
mountains are very good for riding. Over the last twenty years Enduro
made me discover the world. Traveling, riding
awesome spots… …meeting people, doing
very cool stuff… …so I’m very happy to
make my mark in this sport.