Remi Thirion // Country: France Discipline: DH Team: Commencal / Vallnord Ridding Addiction Factory Team The first success of his career, Rémi Thirion peaked in 2008, when he won the bronze medal in DH in the junior category at the World Championships Val di Sole. In these competitions he has lost only two Brits: Josh Bryceland and Sam Dale. In a year later, Remi was again third in the European Championships in Zoetermeer in the same age group. In 2013 he came on the podium as a winner of the World Cup for the first time in the Vallnord, Andorra. Remi has achieved some superb results, proving he is up for the challenge and we believe there is more to come yet.
Filip Polc // Country: Slovakia Discipline: Urban DH Filip has legendary status in cycling, having started competing on bikes at just four years old in the cyclotrial discipline. After two years, Filip moved into BMX and by 1996 he made the switch to mountain biking where he become well recognized in 4X and DH. Later, Filip developed his great passion for extreme urban downhill riding where he earned many victories & two World Guinness records.
Myriam Nicole // Country: France Discipline: DH Team: Commencal / Vallnord Ridding Addiction Factory Team Her natural talent was detected by the well-known French manager Sébastien Chavet in her mid-teens. After a few years in the junior ranks, at 19 years old Myriam joined the elite and on her first year ended up with a 4th place in the World Championship. In 2010, Myriam joined the Commencal Ridding Addiction team and finished 5th in the World Cup overall ranking. 2011 is a year to remember, when Myriam took a World Cup round win in Val di Sole. After another successful year in 2012 with a 3rd overall in the World Cup, Myriam became recognized as one of the most solid riders on the women’s DH circuit.
Michal Prokop // Country: Czech Rep. Discipline: Enduro The king of the Czech cycling started his sporting career at the age of five starting with BMX. Michal Prokop, also BMX Olympian, has claimed two World Cup circuit gold medals, three World Championship jerseys in the men’s elite category & 10 World Cup wins emerging him as one of the most successful 4X riders in the sport’s brief history . Yet he has found another great challenge in his highly successful carrier – nothing smaller than the Enduro races around the globe.
Russell Finsterwald // Country: US Discipline: XC Team: SRAM – TLD Russel always had a passion for mountain biking, starting riding his bike around the neighborhood at a young age. Growing up in Colorado Springs has developed an interest for cycling and he got into first riding his bike on trails in age of 12. The biggest Russel’s highlights during his careers are U23 Pan American Champion, U23 National Champion & 4 Pro XCT Podiums. In 2015, Russel became US XC Short Track Champ.
Michal Lami // Country: Slovakia Discipline: XC Michal Lami is a XC World Cup rider. Michal scored some top results and became a multiple xc & marathon Slovak Champion. In 2014 Michal took 29th place at overall World Cup ranking and nowadays he’s 22nd in UCI ranking, aiming to get to Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Thibaut Ruffin // Country: France Discipline: DH Team: Commencal / Vallnord Ridding Addiction Factory Team Thibaut Ruffin, a downhill rider with the view to operating an independent team at the highest level, in his favourite sport, has created the Ridding Addiction team in 2006. In late 2009 he decided to expand the team in order to give it a stronger image and to keep it on the up within the mountain bike world. Beside his superb riding skills, Thibaut has an enormous skills of leading his team which shares the same vision and dream.
Gaetan Vige // Country: France Discipline: DH Team: Commencal / Vallnord Addiction Factory Team Gaëtan Vige joined Ridding Addiction team in 2015. The young talent of Gaëtan strengthens the team and evolves in the junior category. “His good humor fits perfectly with our spirit. In addition, he has an amazing talent on the bike and we are delighted to have him on our side “ says the team manager, Thibaut Ruffin.
Lewis Buchanan // Country: Great Britain Discipline: DH Team: Banshee Factory Team Lewis is young but already very experienced racer. In 2010 he became youngest racer in the WC, aged only 16. Since then he has been part of several World Cup teams and achieved some great results. Due to the injuries in last few years which set back his racing progress a bit he competed as a privateer in 2014. Now, Lewis is back to racing World Cups and he’s ready to turn some heads.
Gaetan Ruffin // Country: France Discipline: DH Team: Commencal / Vallnord Ridding Addiction Factory Team
Stanislav Sehnal // Country: Czech Rep. Discipline: DH Team: Banshee Factory Team Stanley is dedicated young rider who scored top results mainly in national races as well as at some another races throughout Europe. He has already taken a Czech National Champion title in Elite category in 2014 and we believe that the best is only yet to come.
Matej Charvat // Country: Czech Rep. Discipline: DH Team: Banshee Factory Team Matej started racing DH when he was 14. He became a Junior National Champion back in 2003 and has never looked back, continually pushing himself to achieve new goal and ready to complete for the top spots on international circuits. Matej is a Multiple National Champ, 12th IXS European Cup Spicak 2014 and 9th European Championships 2009.