On Thursday evening, while the kids from GFS Camps review their day’s footage in the chill room, the invited riders arrive in Tignes and head for the bar to get beers, pastis and news from friends.
Even though the bar closes specially at midnight to keep riders in good health, some look pretty hung over, or at least tired, at the next morning’s 7am wake up call.
Good news, the glacier is super icy, so the group is expected on top at around 9am, so we aim to arrive at this time, letting the racers go first.
On the snowpark, the lines are ready and full of “tong” as Coline calls the butter tables. “Nasty tong,” adds Leo Taillefer.
From ten to twelve it’s nothing but guys trying tricks, alone or together, laughing when one crashes, like Pablo’s underflip, and applauding when another does something crazy, like Gaetan Carlier’s dub flat 7.
“It doesn’t feel like a competition at all,” says Joffrey Pollet Villlard. “I’m there to have fun and shred lines. Only the Crapules guys are here to win. My ankles hurt, but it’s worth it.”
The ride down is part of the fun, trying to carve on the ice before taking a group picture and heading back to the hotel for a good lunch and the water jump “competition.”
I didn’t talk about the weather because you’ll see it in the photos, I didn’t talk much about the tricks because you will watch the video. You just need to remember that this edition was a real success, full of smiles and good tricks.
None other than Joffrey Pollet Villard had the perfect summary for the day: “We should cook watermelon burgers.”
Team Skipass : Etienne Pommat, Mael Borfiga, Jessy Cornu, Robin Romera
Team Suisse : Laurent De Martin, Alex Neurohr, Mustafa Ceylan, David Bonneville
Team Crapules : Pablo Schweizer, Etienne Merel, Will Wesson, Gaetan Carlier
Team B&E : Henrik Harlaut, Joffrey Pollet-Villard, Coline Ballet Baz, Cesar Fabre
Team GFS, Léo Taillefer, Sam Favret, Pg Conrardy, Julien Lange