Hopkins in Europe pt.4

Mike Hopkins and his SR Suntour teammates wrapped up their European tour with a stop in the French Alps:

Les Arcs is unreal! What a place!

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Elliott explained it as a loamy paradise where the lines just appear from the woodwork, and it didn’t disappoint. Pick your poison, steep and tech, wide-open flow, root and loam…it’s got it all.

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I kept thinking to myself what a treat it is to venture places like this with motivated individuals. Not to mention it’s pretty awesome following these guys down the track. Each rider has a different way of riding and it’s wild to watch. The collective energy of the group is super contagious, and I am all for it! I forgot how much fun it is to ride fast! It’s Awesome!

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Over the past two days we’ve wrangling shuttling laps and bagging as much vert as possible. We’ve also got this whole packing 8 bikes into a small van down to a science. I have to say one issue with filming with a handful of athletes is keeping everyone entertained. The first few days of filming ran a little slow at times so we decided to switch up the program: two riders filming at one time, the rest of the team goes for a lap and when we pass the crew on the next run athletes swap out. More riding for everyone, and the media had fewer cats to herd, win-win.

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We could have spent a months plundering the flanks of this valley alone, but we had to hit the road and at the end of the day I guess it’s good to be left wanting more. Last night we polished off our weekend in true french fashion… with a little wine and cheese. I’m not sure where we’re headed next but I’ll let you know when we get there.

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