Team Merida has been created to resolve the lack of a high-level mountain bike structure in the south of Belgium. The country's ideal terrain has lead to the creation of a UCI Team whose first goal is the training of young talent from the junior category. After five years of existence, Team Merida Wallonie has climbed the rankings to become Belgium's number 1 team and to become an example of a junior development team in Europe. The performances are more and more impressive: victories in the World Cup Marathon, podium on the Roc d'Azur, Belgian Champion title, Benelux Champion title, podium on the world championships, world cups, the whole junior squad selected in the national team. Our structure allowed the pyramid in Wallonie to rise, and to enlarge its base.

Roster:

Sébastien CARABIN (Elite): The example to follow for all young bikers, Sébastien (28 years old) presents an impressive palmarès but is motivated as a young beginner. He missed his ticket for the Rio Olympic Games with some disappointment, but he’s showing more and more desire to succeed in his objectives, cross-country and marathon. His strengths are his endurance and technical ability on rough road surfaces.
Results 2016: Vice Belgian Champion XC, vice champion of Belgium Marathon; 4th Benelux Championship; 1st Benelux Cup in Zoetermeer (P-B); 2nd Salamina Island (Gre / S1); ... (2015: 2nd Roc d'Azur Marathon (Fra))

Alice PIRARD (Elite): Racing on the road when she was young, Alice has become a specialist in the marathon, a reference in this discipline for her endurance and tactical management. For her first steps in cross-country, she realized a remarkable progress in less than two years, almost qualified to Rio. Her progress in terms of explosiveness and ability bring her.
Results 2016: Belgian Champion Marathon; 2nd Benelux Championship; 3rd Belgian Championship XC; 3rd Costa Blanca Bike race (Esp / S1); 19th European Championships Husqvarna (Swe)

Pierre DE FROIDMONT (U23): Lanky runner, Pierre made an excellent start to his 1st season with the Espoirs. His climbing talents allow it to have high ambitions for future campaigns.
Results 2016: 1st Cup in Ottignies Wallonia and Verviers; 6th Belgian Championship; (2015: Belgian Champion and 22nd World Youth Championship).

Tom DENAYER (U23): Arrived in the Junior category without experience, Tom demonstrates fine technical skills which, combined with a lightweight, that helped him to get strong results in big and difficult cross. With the U23, he will have to improve his strength and power to compete with the more experienced bikers. A young age remains an advantage, room for improvement remains.
Results 2016: 1st in Verviers Wallonia Cup; 2nd Trophy Ardennes La Roche; 3rd Championship XC Belgium; ... (2015: 2nd Coupe de France at Montgenèvre and 3rd World Championships)

Laurenz REX (Junior): Coming from the Youth Team Wallonie training, Laurenz is a already a powerful biker who can show strenght and explosiveness and explosiveness in the big events. His technical skills suffer no discussion, only the regularity and tactical management have to be improved to reach the top.
2016 Results: 1st Wallonia Cup in Thieusies and Erezée; 3rd Benelux Cup in Beringen: 3rd Trophy Ardennes Houffalize; ... (2015: 3rd TFJV in France)

Arne JANSSENS (Junior): A strong and young talent with a nice philisophy! It’s a powerfull biker. 2016 Results: Benelux Champion, Winner of the Roc d’azur, 3th at the TFJV Eliminator

Clement HORNY (Junior): Coming from the federal training program, Clement dominated his category last year, lightweight biker who find his best level on the hilly races. Both technical and fast, he represents the ideal rider for the modern cross-country. Results 2016: Belgian Champion XC; 2nd Benelux Championship; 2nd cross country at TFJV (Fra)...

Emeline DETILLEUX (Junior): Her domination at the Belgian level was expected but, for a 1st year junior woman, her international results exceeded all expectations. It seems obvious that the physical progress and experience accumulated this season, Emeline will reach the world Top 10 in 2017: a level that allows her to consider the highest objectives and performances.
Results 2016: Belgian Champion XC; Champion Benelux; 16th European Championship for Husqvarna (Swe); 18th World Championships in Nove Mesto (Tch) 2nd Junior World Series in Meribel (Fra); 14th Junior World Series in Albstad

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