THE BEST FEELING ON YOUR BIKE IS WHEN…
RP: My best feeling on the bike is when the dirt is loam, a bit muddy and you can feel the dirt coming up on your back when you brake. You see your friend’s foot out, flat out, corner after corner in front of you, this is the best feeling! However, experiencing the deep dust in South America was incredible too. There are no other places when you can ride such incredible terrain and have that feeling on the bike. Reminds me of skiing!
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM YOUR TRIP?
RP: The funniest memory of the trip! Oooh, dude, it’s hard to pick one, I really laughed hard when “Old Loosedog” couldn’t manage to climb up the snowy slope. He couldn’t stop laughing, which made it even harder and funnier. He slid down to the bottom like two or three times before making it to the top, ah ah, sacré Chien fou! His laugher is so communicative!
Another funny part was when Mitch was joking about Euro racers wearing knee pads on the ankle and helmet’s foams under goggle strap on the way up during an enduro race. “Too enduro bro.” He was pretty upset about it; I mean what’s wrong with that!?
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOUR FANS PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
RP: Oh man, I don’t know if I have many fans! Ha ha. Well, besides my close friends, not many people know about my passion for baking bread and pastries! It can sound a bit cliché for a Frenchman, but one of my next goals could be to open my own bakery!
HOW MANY TIRES DID YOU GO THROUGH ON THIS TRIP?
RP: I only put a fresh tire on for the Andes Pacifico race! There is not much grip to wear tires out over there. You better train your head to be ready for some sketchy moments.
IF EACH RIDER IN THIS CREW COULD HAVE A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? NAME THE RIDER AND HIS POWER:
RP: Iago has power to fly to the moon on each little take off like a little squirrel.
Loosedog embodies infinite perseverance, he never gives up.
Mitch defies the laws of gravity. He does things on his bike that seem impossible and somehow it works.
What a crazy experience shared with the boys, thanks again Santa Cruz for the opportunity for such an incredible trip