Name: Olivier Cuvet
Date of birth: 05/12/1993
Place of Residence: Billiat (France)
Successes (highlights): Won Chatel Mountain Style 2012 and I’m pretty to stoked to ride for a living !
Favourite trail or area for riding? Queenstown, NZ.
When did you start riding mountain bikes? How did you get into the sport?
I started riding mountain bike around 15yo. I’ve always been into sport, I played a lot of tennis before, but I used to ski and snow board a lot in winter. I like the feeling of going down a hill. When I was 8 or 10, I also had a bunch of crazy friends with whom we were building skate ramps and BMX ramps, put them on the road in the front of our house, and spend days grinding, jumping and managing as far as we could. With this love for sport and crazy stuff, plus being in the mountain in summer, this obviously made lead me to MTB. And like most kids, I started riding trails with my old bike, until the passion get to strong to not keep doing this.
Best moment on a bike?
Too many, this is why I keep riding. From landing a new trick, to stomping a sick line or just sharing a lap with friend, this is what it is all about.
Worst moment? 2016 was my worst year ever.
Wrote a little post on IG about it (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bquy4lYFlZM/) Over time, bad moments make you stronger and smarter, better turn shit into fertilizer right ?
What do you consider your strengths? And what is your weakness?
I’m pretty confortable with big jumps, and love tricking them. Probably won’t send the biggest flip or flat, but I can learn a new combo on a 20m jump if i’m in the mood. I would say that I don’t have a pretty good flow and style. I can’t send a good whip, so I’m often going for a superman… Should practice whips sometimes !
How does your sport need to develop in order to get more attention?
I think MTB is like other action sports, it has a soul and a proper universe. People usually compare it to BMX, Motocross or skiing sometimes. It is good to get inspired by other, and it is true that MTB can be referred to those sports, but it has to follow is own pass. We need to stop having dirt jumps that BMX can ride, we need to stop waiting for a new FMX trick to give It a go on a MTB. MTB is about sending jumps in the mountains, discovering new places (for enduro) and having fun. It’s a good lifestyle and pretty accessible (most of people know how to ride a bike around 5yo..), so if we keep doing our own things, and not trying to look like other sports, MTB will definitely grow up, go in the right direction and get more attention.
Whom would you like to thank?
My parents for being awesomely kind since day one, and all the people that surround me and support me : my friends, the people I work with, the sponsors, my girlfriend, the people who like what I’m doing, …
What is your favourite tire? Why?
I love the Aquila, he’s pretty good in every conditions, and it lasts long. If I only had one tire to choose, it would be the Aquila!