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After hitting pause on the 2020 season, French enduro racer Youn Deniaud is looking forward to getting back to what he loves most.
Much of the terrain that Youn rides originated as ancient hiking trails—so it’s generally steep and challenging on a mountain bike with plenty of switchbacks and sharp corners to negotiate.
“Mountain biking here is considered to be something you have to earn,” Youn says. “The climbs are tough, and the descents are physically taxing. If you can learn to ride here, you will be well prepared to ride almost anywhere.”
With fewer races to prepare for over the past year, Youn has spent more time on his Trance X Advanced Pro 29 trail bike, a shorter-travel option compared to the Reign Advanced Pro 29 enduro bike that he typically uses for EWS races.
“The terrain here is physically demanding and there are lots of long climbs,” he says. “The Trance X Advanced Pro 29 makes the climbs a bit easier and I can still descend with it almost as well as I can with my Reign race bike.”
Whatever the future holds, Youn is prepared. “My goal is to be a consistent top-10 finisher in 2021,” he says. “And I would also love to get my first podium finish.”
The Frenchman knows it could be a rocky route ahead, but that’s mountain bike racing. Besides, he has spent the past year, and most of his life, riding a mountain range whose very nature is defined by rocks.
Whatever comes, he’s ready to roll.