Alexandre Fayolle took his first World Cup win today in Lourdes, France. The young Frenchman put down a smoking time of 2:52 and change. Though he beat the weather, his effort was on pace for a strong result.
Fayolle raced aboard this Polygon DH9. He's on the Polygon UR team which runs SR Suntour RUX forks. Since Suntour doesn't have a rear shock option for DH right now, the team can choose whatever they want to run and Fayolle is on a custom-built rear shock that has a remote lock-out feature. He says he used the lock-out multiple times in his winning run. Additionally, this was the first World Cup on new Kenda Hellcat DH tires which proved to stand the test. Spank cockpit, Trickstuff Direttissima brakes, e*thirteen cranks and wheels along with Shimano shifting round out the build.
Alexandre Fayolle speaks about his bike in audio
Alexandre's mechanic Hugues, the man who built this shock, speaks about it.
Photos by Dan Hearn unless otherwise noted
Stay tuned for our race day slideshow with more photos and interviews later this evening!