Former world champion schools MBUK on her home trails – video
We follow Morgane Charre down her home trails in La Clusaz, France, in a bid to find out what it takes to wear the rainbow stripes
Features Editor Al spent a couple of weeks in the Alps and managed to find the time to catch up with Morgane Charre, the 2012 Elite Women's World Champion, on her home trails in La Clusaz, just outside Annecy.
While La Clusaz isn’t a resort you’d normally travel to as a week-long holiday destination, it certainly delivers the goods for a couple of days of enduro bike thrashing. The trails are smooth and flowy with not a single breaking bump in sight (we can hear your arms gasping a sigh of relief from here!) and are axle deep in fresh, soft and grippy dirt. If that doesn’t sound good enough, the trails have all been built by hand – the catch berms are lovingly crafted and perfectly formed to keep you speeding down the mountain.
Sitting behind Morgane as we ready ourselves to drop in is as daunting as it is exciting. Safe in the knowledge she’s going to school me with every flick of her bike around every turn, the only thing I’m concentrating on now is making sure I can stay close enough (at all costs I might, including style and composure!) to get some awesome footage of her nailing the trails where she cut her teeth.
Hitting turn one, she speeds up quicker than Usain Bolt leaving the starting blocks and I’m left wondering if my brakes are seized on or if I’ve gone backwards up the track! Her precision down this technical, twisting and tight track is Jedi-like and I’m once again forced to miss turns and take risks to keep on her back wheel. We’ll let the video do the rest of the talking, but my God, that was one wild ride!
Alex Evans is BikeRadar's mountain bike technical editor. He started racing downhill at the tender age of 11 before going on to compete across Europe. Alex moved to Morzine in the French Alps at 19 to pursue a career as a bike bum and clocked up an enormous amount of riding. Riding those famous tracks day in, day out for eight years, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK and put his vast knowledge of mountain biking to good use by landing a job working for MBUK magazine as features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex's focus has moved to bike tech. He's one of BikeRadar's lead testers, knows how to push bikes and products to the limit, and wants to search out the equipment that represents the best value for money. Alex is also a regular on the BikeRadar Youtube channel and BikeRadar podcast.