A Year in 12 Pictures

Here at COMMENCAL it’s been a mint year so here’s our favourite selection of 12 photos for 2018!

The best way in which to promote the sport and our athletes is with visual content. Every year we try to be the best, whether it’s with our riders in front of the camera, or the guys behind the lenses who push the buttons.

We are proud of our media team who work hard all year around the world;


Of course, behind every picture there's a story...



Always a nice place to ride in January!
Californian winters feel like paradise; 20-25°C, dry and dusty trails. Ideal conditions for photo shoots.

This shot of Kyle Strait on the META POWER should never really have been taken. After 3 shots on his FURIOUS, he hit a big rock and broke the rear wheel... Impossible to repair the tubeless tyre and no inner tube to aid.

Fortunately we had his POWER with us, just in case. More than a good shot, it's also quite a symbol; Kyle Srait, on an ebike, on a Californian trail... Nothing better to feed the comments sections...

Rider: @kylestrait
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



Skids of all kinds.

February is often a complicated month for the media team. We had to produce content around the META HT AM. The choice of the spot is essential, especially to avoid difficult weather conditions. By choosing the Côte d'Azur with the young Thibaut Daprela, we thought we'd limited the chances of failure... It had been 10 years since it had snowed in Cannes… No luck.

Another funny point is that Thibaut (being a minor) cruises the streets in a Renault Twizy - an electric car that doesn’t require a license to be driven in France, but it can certainly drift!

Rider: @thibautdaprela
Bike: META HT AM Race
Photo: @jbliautard




It’s not yet freeride season, the dirt is wet but it's time to shake and make plans. 

William Robert in Mours gives a very ‘skate' vision of the bike. 

A way to say to everyone, "I took the spot!"
Several days of shaping loose dirt and 2 days of shooting.

Rider: @william_rbt
Bike: FURIOUS Race
Photo: @jbliautard



Competition season is thoroughly underway.

Things get off to a strong start in Losinj, Croatia. On an atypical track finishing in the alleyways of the port, Amaury already shows a good speed, despite a puncture in the final.

The whole team is already at the bottom to welcome the victories of Thibaut Daprela and Myriam Nicole.

Rider: @amaurypierron4
Bike: SUPREME DH 29 Team
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



Without fail for Cécile Ravanel in 2018.

Olargues in France is the first race for the META AM 29.
In difficult conditions with snow, rain, wind and cold temps, Cécile dominated the race. But what strikes a cord the most is her spirit.
This photo was taken on the return pedal from stage 3 to the paddock, in the rain. Cécile helps Katy Winton cover the 10km on time with a flat back tyre.

Rider: @ravanel_mtb
Bike: META AM 29 Team
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



An exceptional month for Amaury!

A series of 3 consecutive wins means he takes the leader's jersey...
This photo of Amaury on the Leogang podium is clearly the symbol of this unforgettable season.

Rider: @amaurypierron4
Photo: @kenoderleyn



Vallnord, the capital of MTB in July.

With the World Cup leader's jersey on his shoulders, Amaury gives everything, but Loris wins! Marseillaise 14th July in Andorra.

Rider: @amaurypierron4
Bike: SUPREME DH 29 Team
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



Remi likes mud. First podium of the season.

A race in France is already brilliant. A race in Les Vosges, for a guy from Les Vosges, is the Holy Grail. Rémi is back, at home, in front of his family and this podium is fabulous!

Rider: @remithirion
Bike: SUPREME DH 29 Team
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



Le temps de rouler entre amis.

La Pyr'Epic est un événement incroyable. Bien plus qu'une course, bien mieux qu'une aventure, c'est le partage du ride entre amis. Lourdes VTT tient là un concept fabuleux et des paysages grandioses. 
Rouler avec Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON était également un grand moment.
Anne-Caro est une grande championne, elle ne conçoit pas l'échec, dans la vie comme derrière un guidon. 

C'est cette force de caractère qui fait d'elle quelqu'un d'extraordinaire. 

Rider: @annecarochausson @maxcommencal @leagiraudm @tom_thered
Photo: @nicolasbrizin



October + Kyle Strait = Rampage madness!

Every year at Rampage the limits are pushed, but never have the riders managed their runs as much as they had the opportunity to do this year..

If you believe that they are only stunts and that chance has a part to play in this event then you don’t know the sport.
Kyle Strait is a monster of regularity and technicity and to see that in Utah is the very definition of the word Freeride.

Rider: @kylestrait
Bike: FURIOUS Race
Photo: @jbliautard



A time for the artists.

November… No more races or events, it's the perfect time to produce offbeat content and work on projects for the next season.

Rider: @jeremyberthier
Photo: @jbliautard



Just get down.

We live in the mountains, it’s winter and we like to go downhill. Therefore, this is a natural collaboration.

Rider: @guimcampeny
Bike: SUPREME Skis
Photo: @nicolasbrizin


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