Frenchwoman Emmeline Ragot has excelled over the last decade in the downhill discipline, winning the world championship in 2009 and 2011. Since 2005 she has also won two silver medals (2012 and 2013) and three bronze medals (2005, 2008 and 2010) at the event. She is also a three-time elite French champion and won a silver medal at the European Championships in 2009. Away from the world championship, Emmeline has scored multiple UCI World Cup podiums in both downhill and 4X. In August 2013, she won round 4 of the downhill series at Mont Sainte Anne in Canada with a storming run, taking almost five seconds off the time of previous leader Manon Carpenter. With one event of the season still to go, she currently lies in second place in the overall World Cup standings, behind only Britain’s Rachel Atherton. Born in Angoulême in southwestern France on 27th May 1986, Emmeline has been racing since she was 15 years old and has ridden in the Elite Women’s division since 2005. Her mix of technical skill, comfort with speed and risk and all out fitness was perfectly demonstrated at Crankworx 2013. Despite challenging conditions on the wet and notoriously rough track in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, she put together a solid run to win against a strong field in the Canadian Open downhill. Earlier in the week, she had also won the notoriously challenging Garbanzo downhill, an unrelenting 7km descent requiring equal parts stamina, smoothness and strategy.
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