Myriam Nicole won the European downhill championships in 2010, and finished fifth in the overall World Cup rankings, but the undoubted highlight of her six years on the downhill circuit came in 2011 with her victory at the World Cup race at Val di Sole, Italy. She still describes the unexpected triumph as her best memory on a mountain bike. In the same year, she also finished fourth overall in the World Cup rankings, and won the French national championships. In 2012, she tore her abductor at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes and then broke her collarbone at Crankworx Whistler, forcing her to miss the World Championships. However, she was delighted to improve her ranking once again in the World Cup series, this time finishing third overall. In 2013, continuing to ride for Commencal Riding Addiction, she finished fourth. Myriam was born in Clermont l’Hérault in the south of France on 8th February 1990. Like many female riders on the World Cup circuit, her introduction to bikes was through a brother, and she began her mountain biking career competing in ‘TRJV’ races, a combination of downhill, cross-country and trials with the same bike. It was only at the age of fourteen that she decided to focus solely on downhill. Don’t be fooled by her nickname - there is nothing fluffy or soft about Myriam’s riding style. She describes it as ‘aggressive and clean’, and it functions best on rough, technical and steep tracks such as Val di Sole and Fort William.
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