Why did you choose this place?
It's a unique place, almost lunar, with an incredible light. I had already ridden there last year. You have the impression of being alone in the world, besides there is no phone network, it's at 2800 meters, it's the highest road in Europe, the air is very pure. The road from the peak that leads towards Nice is very long, and I can ride up to 24 kilometers in a row. The asphalt is very good because the road is closed in winter. It's a space that I think was very much aligned with the brand DNA—very graphic, minimal, and very open.
How do you prepare for a descent?
You have to learn to manage risk, prepare yourself physically and mentally and the most important thing is to know your limits. I have very specific equipment with a full face helmet, extremely streamlined, that splits the air, leather gloves with pucks that allow me to skid and brake and of course I also have a back protector.
What qualities are required for this sport?
Concentration, calmness and a lot of physical preparation because you take a lot of Gs (accelerations). You also have to know how to read the road to choose the best trajectories.
How are the 103 sneakers for riding?
I’d already worn them in Paris to prepare for this run. They are ideal for this sport. They are comfortable, they support the ankle well, and they transmit the feedback of the board and the road perfectly. The soles gave me a very good grip on the board.