French mountain biking legend Nicolas Vouilloz was crowned World Champion multiple times during his eleven year downhill career, starting as a junior in 1992 and finishing with his tenth victory in 2002. He also secured five overall World Cup wins and won sixteen World Cup downhill races. And if all that wasn’t enough, he then went on to compete with success against the world’s top drivers in the World Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge! Born on 8th February 1976 in Nice, Nicolas tried BMX freestyle, road cycling, motocross, and motorcycle trials at an early age, only settling on downhill at the age of 14 following the suggestion of a schoolfriend. Not surprisingly, he won the first race he entered, and his future career was set. For the 2013 season he gave himself a new challenge, competing in the inaugural season of the Enduro World Series. After a tough start at the first round in Punta Ala, Italy, where a flat tyre put him out of contention, he won round two in Val d'Allos, France, and then finished second in Les 2 Alpes. After the fourth round, he found himself in second place overall, but while practicing for the fifth round in Whistler, he crashed and broke his scaphoid, putting him out of the action for both Whistler and the penultimate stage in Val d’Isere, and dashing his chances of catching leader Jerome Clementz. Happily for his many fans, he says he still hopes to return in time for the Final Legure in October.
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