Interview: Floriane Pugin on bouncing back from injuries and her true love – the 2013 Scott Gambler!

The guys from ShapeRideShoot caught up with Floriane Pugin to film her shredding her local trails and decided to find out a bit more about the French downhill racer. Check out the video below and read on for the full interview, where the ‘Flying Banana’ talks about her 2012 World Cup season, helping to develop the new Scott Gambler and getting back on the bike after a year plagued with injuries.

Source: Friends shredding the Scott Gambler 2013 from ShapeRideShoot

Introduce yourself…

Floriane Pugin, 23 years old, DH rider for Scott11, studying engineering (masters degree – graduating next year), fan of several outdoor sports including skiing and mountaineering.

Where do you live?

In Cranves-Sales city, which is in La Yaute, not far from Châtel, Morzine and Les Gets.

Where do you ride?

I like to change it up a lot, from the highway track in Morzine to the steepy, muddy trails in Châtel or Morgins, through to the nice bits in Le Salève. But my favourite place is the secret trails in La Vallée Verte – fresh trails, hardly ridden, steep as hell, natural, with sick jumps… great fun!

Describe your style of riding…

Flowy. I like to go as fast as I can while staying precise and not too noisy.

Floriane Pugin hitting up one of her secret trails. Picture by Benjamin Favrat

Floriane hitting up one of her secret trails

Page 1: Video and intro
Page 2: Riding for Scott11 and developing the Gambler
Page 3: Injuries and getting back up to race speed