I am on the road most of winter, so summer is my time off to play. Last summer I was offered an opportunity to ride in Switzerland with a crew of great riders.
The first thing one notices riding in Europe versus North America is the amount of vertical one gets in a single trail, allowing for everything from amazing fast-flow high alpine single track to technical trails in the forest.
The day I took this image started with us riding a high alpine trail in six inches of fresh snow and bluebird skies with the Eiger as our backdrop. As we descended the mountain the trail changed from snow to perfect loam as we entered the trees, to fun technical roots as we got closer to the bottom. Riding with an athlete of François’s caliber is pretty amazing to watch, especially as he seems to effortlessly float over the technical sections.
I really wanted to create an image of him flowing through areas where most riders would slow to a crawl. We ended up finding the perfect spot toward the bottom of the trail with a very lush blanket of moss that reminded me of the riding at home – not to mention that the fall color signaling the ski season was just around the corner.