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It’s official: the Andorran brand has extended Remy Absalon’s contract for a further 2 years, with Yannick Granieri, one of the hottest freeride/freestylers out there adding an extra year to his contract.
True to the brand for almost 6 years now, Remy Absalon did not hesitate for long when it came to resigning with Commencal. Winner of last Novembers Megavalanche Reunion race while riding his Meta 55, Remy was able to finish a great season, highlighted with victories in the Crankworx Enduro event and taking the overall ranking in the Maxiavalanche series. The COMMENCAL rider won’t rest on his laurels, however, with a steely determination to stamp his authority once again on the Alp d’Huez Megavalanche race, one he considers to be the ultimate event. He will be able to count on support form his partners (Sram, Fox, Fulcrum, Easton, SDG, Crank Brothers, Formula, Maxxis, E-Thirteen, Muc-Off, Bluegrass & Oakley) with particular attention being paid to him by all the staff at COMMENCAL. Remy will also take on an additional role at COMMENCAL by actively participating in the development of future products.
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Parallel to this, COMMENCAL is proud to have prolonged their partnership with Yannick Granieri. He has been thrown into the international spotlight in 2010 thanks to multiple podiums on the FMB World Tour and of course his participation in the Red Bull Rampage. The Lyon native decided that he wanted to extend his stay, telling us «I feel great to be at COMMENCAL, everyone listens to you and all have the mindset that I’m looking for from an MTB brand.» In 2011 Yannick will be the inspiration for the Absolut line, COMMENCAL’s dirt/slopestyle range. He will be riding contests on different models within the range, such as the Absolut AL, the CrMo, the Absolut SX for Slopestyle and the Absolut Titanium, a first in the segment! Now considered as the number one Frenchie, capable of squaring up to the dirt/ slopestyle world elite, Yannick will aim for the final podium standings of the FMB World Tour this season.

For DH, the Atherton family will obviously be the spearhead for the brand on the World Cup circuit. Dan is back on his bike after a heavy fall on his head & neck in July last year. More motivated then ever before, he will be back for the second World Cup round at Fort William.
Rachel has also been working out all winter. Hardly spared from injury over the last few seasons, she has decided to put an end to her physical problems by preparing herself even harder then before. With 2 wins and a second place in the three events in which she participated in during 2010, Rachel has shown what she is capable of. 2011 will be the year for stability.

And finally Gee, winner of the World Cup title in 2010, has nothing less then the Rainbow jersey in mind.

The team will be riding the new Supreme DH v3. The riders are saying that the bike is even faster then the previous version... sounds like this year is going to be pretty interesting!

On the ladies side of things, after a second consecutive 4X World Champion title, Caroline Buchanan has decided to concentrate 100% on BMX for the next 2 seasons with preparation for the London Olympics in mind. She will be therefore joining the Australian team where she will be completely taken care of. She remains nonetheless linked to Max COMMENCAL’s brand and will return to the 4X scene from 2013 aboard her Absolut 4X Titanium.

With so many talented riders, the COMMENCAL Superteam has a great chance to shine at the highest level in MTB for 2011!

Also worthy of note are the COMMENCAL SuperRiders, composed of an army of international riders with massive potential: Riding Addiction (Myriam Nicole, Thibaut Ruffin, Romain Saladini), the Young Guns (Alex Pro, Brendan Howey, Micayla Gatto, Lauren Rosser), Argentina Bikes, Alpine COMMENCAL...
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