Rabaconda Rider Pela Renet [Q&A]
Pela Renet has been riding since he was three, and he hasn’t stopped since. If you’re just starting out, Pela says that before you start anything, it’s important that you love what you do. Check out our Q&A with 2014 EWC champion Pela Renet:
How did you get started in riding?
I started riding when I was three. My father used to ride Enduro, so I grew up with bikes. I don’t really remember, but I think one day I just asked to try riding.
What do you do when you aren’t riding? What are your hobbies?
I love spending time at home, just being with the family and my girlfriend, hanging with friends. I also love going to the cinema. And in fact, I’m interested in all kinds of sports: either watching them on TV or going to see them live.
What do you do in the off-season?
I usually enjoy a holiday for about a month, but that depends on the end of the season and if it runs late. After that, I begin to train again. I do both physical training and riding every week.
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Not really. But by habit, I always shave on Thursdays before the race, and I take some time in the morning before the race to visualize the track, from the start to the finish. I also say a prayer before the start.
Who is your mechanic?
My mechanic is Louis. He is French. I began working with him last year. He is really serious and is doing a great job on my bike — I never have any complaints.
Where’s your favorite place to ride? Your favorite track?
One on my favorite tracks is Budds Creek in the USA, where I rode in 2007 in MXoN. It’s one of my best race memories. I also love riding in rallies at home in France with friends.
What was your best moment as a pro rider?
My first world champion title in MX3 in 2009 was a great moment. My two titles in Enduro were also big achievements that have made me very happy. Getting second place with the French team at Bercy in 2006, and getting second place with the French team in 2007 for the MXoN were also great moments.
What are your riding goals?
In Enduro, I am focused on being the world champion. I am trying to be on the podium for each race and be the best that I can. I always want to improve.
What is your advice for those just starting out?
The most important thing is that you enjoy what you do. Riding must be a good experience that makes you happy. Moreover, some good advice is to learn things step by step, with someone who gives you technical advice in order not to take big risks.
Why did you choose Rabaconda 3-Minute Mousse Changer?
Rabaconda is a great system, and also an easy one to use! It helps me a lot at the end of the race when I’m tired. It requires less effort and less time.
Name: Pierre-Alexandre Renet
Birthday: 2 October 1984
Team: BELRAY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM
● Enduro World Champion E2 2012 & 2014
● ISDE World Team Champion 2012, 2013, 2014
● ISDE Individual Scratch Winner 2014
● French Enduro Champion E2 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
● World Champion MX3 2009