Xavier de le Rue KING of the MOUNTAIN
Radical line and new victory for Xavier de Le Rue in Chamonix during the Nissan Russian adventure
Xavier de Le Rue won the Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch, relocated in Chamonix due to weather and avalanche risks in Russia.
The competition site, The North-East face of líaiguille pourrie allowed riders to make choices between relatively mellow terrain with freestyle options or fast steep line Alaska style. Xavier decided to go for the second choice. He performed it de Le Rue style, combining fluid fast turns with radical cliff drop and clean landings. This breathtaking line would go unequalled for the rest of the competition and bring back Xavier in the game to defend his back to back freeride world champ titles.
Here are Xavierís comments about the day
ìI was already in Chamonix few days ago for the freeride world tour and I had big crashes, totally eaten by the pressure. I didnít recognise myself as I did such stupid mistakes. Today there was this line that really attracted me and that looked really natural. I went in there, the snow was great, I forgot about the contest, I just had fun and it paid off, itís a really good and Iím stoked to be going to the Olympics with that victory. It kind of reminds me where Iím from and thatís good.î
Xavier will not even have the time to savour his victory as he will leave Europe tomorrow morning for Mt Bachelor, Oregon to meet up with the French snowboard cross team for a week of riding and off media solicitations before heading to Vancouver Olympic games.
More news about Olympic experience soon.
Xavier de Le Rue is supported by Rossignol, The North Face, Swatch, SNCF, Nissan, Relentless, St Lary, ABS, Dakine and Deeluxe