Race report from the BRIGADE: Fort William & Maxiavalanche


Fort Bill ! What a crazy moment !


It was a year day by day that I get my knee surgery and i was really happy to be able to celebrate this moment in FORT WILLIAM ! Why Fort William ? Just because I had a lot of good moment in the past and some bad ones (Worlds , when I broke my wrist !). Fort William is always special in anyway, nice spectators, crazy track, weather, you never know what’s going to happen there : )

I had a good begining of the week with the BRIGADE crew , riding around, taking pictures and the weekend started even better with the practice in the dry !



The track was so fun with the new line in the rock ! Until some top 10 riders complain to take it out without asking me and other ! For ones the track was for moutainbikers, technical, fun to ride and good for the spectators ! But no, they took this part away and we ride the old good slow and easy 4 cross ! Thanks UCI again.
In the end of the day I didn’t enjoy myself riding and I get out in 1/4 final.


After some really good fun on the track I finish 28 in 1/2 final but knowing I had a lot of second i could save from my own time because I ride the 1/2 rally easy to make sure i will go to the final, no like Slovenia ! : ) On sunday everything was perfect! Kev (my mechanic) prepare my V 10 carbon and i was really happy to take this babe to the top of the hill to give him the run of his life : ) !

In the beginning of my run i felt really confortable, taking all my lines, saving it for the bottom but by 45 seconds from the start i hit a bad ROCK on the track and got a mechanical ! I had to cruse down the track and try to keep some speed for the last jump ! Than I did : )

I had an incredible time in Scotland even if the results are not the one I was expecting but the fun I had on the DH track and spectators make me forgot the bad things .

Thanks everyone who was part of this weekend and thanks to all my sponsors for the warm support .


MAXIAVALANCHE – Vallnord, Andorra

Well this weekend, I was at home and for ones I had a weekend off just to recover from the last two world cup.

It was before I find out than the MAXIAVALANCHE will take place here in Vallnord, Andorra : )
I decide to race it ! But not the normal way of course, I decide to take my V10 carbon bike just to do some hard training on it (climbing, pedaling , 25 minutes run).

I qualify 3 behind Remy ABSALON, and let me tell you this is the hardest training I had ever do on the DH bike : )

On sunday I decide to race my 4 cross bike the NICKEL, just to have less of a bike to carry on a “cross country enduro track” and it work incredibly! I crash at the start and got pass by 10 riders, but I manage to pass them fast enough to don’t get behind them on the pedaling section : ) ! I got 4th of the 1st final run.

The run 2 of the final was different, it start to rain a bit on the track but this time I had a good start! I was 3 on the front with the big boy and i control them until the up hill when i decide to show them who is the DADDY ! I took the front of the course with Franck PAROLIN for a long time but I could feel a bit tired due of the attack : ) ( normal I am just a dowhiller ! ) by 3/4 of the track Absalon past us with another rider, and I try to bring back Frank to the front but I was banking big time ! Franck and myself decided to ride as fast as we could with what we had left : )

In the end I got 3rd of the run and 3rd overall ! Not a bad weekend for sure and surprise I could keep up with the enduro boys : )

Thanks Kevin for the preparation of the V10 carbon and the NICKEL and thanks to the fan’s on the side of the track in the moment I needed it the most !

The Sergeant


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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