Date published: Thu 19 Oct 2017
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux
15-year-old mountain biker, Luc Roux, competed in the South East England Rogate Downhill Race, West Sussex, on Sunday. One of the most difficult downhill races in England, the terrain is steep with large jumps and tight technical corners, all to be navigated at high speed.
Out of 175 competitors, which included several pro-racers, such as two-time world champion Brendan Fairclough, Luc came an impressive 17th place. In his Youth Category (for 15-16-year-olds), in which he was competing against Luke Williamson (ranked No. 3 in the UK), the Upper Fifth Former performed outstandingly to finish 3rd.
Luc’s passion was sparked in Lower Third Form when he joined Whitgift’s Outdoor Education co-curricular programme. In addition to the Maintain Biking Club, he takes part in Wakeboarding and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Luc explains, “The Mountain Biking Club was where it all started for me, so without it I couldn't possibly be where I am now. I do seven or eight different training sessions per week, whether that's mountain biking, BMXing, or a turbo or gym session at the Whitgift Elite Performance Centre. I’m planning, in 2018, to go on the Outdoor Education trip to Morocco.”
Future goals also include possible entries into the British Enduro Series competitions and Megavalanche, in the French Alps. The latter, described as a downhill marathon-style event, is especially gruelling; starting on a high altitude, glaciated summit and finishing some 30km down in a lush valley.
Mr Ben Green, Head of the School’s Outdoor Education programme, commented, “Luc is another example of a Whitgift pupil who has found his passion and is pursuing it with maximum enthusiasm and endeavour. It is amazing to have witnessed his progress over the last two years and I look forward to seeing him in mountain biking magazines in the very near future.”
Click on the link below to see Luc in action: