It’s with great pride that we announce the official launch of the Intense/Mavic Collective, the new Enduro team made up of Isabeau Courdurier & Kilian Bron.
Isabeau Courdurier ( Enduro MTB Pilot )
After evolving for 4 years in factory teams, I’ve learned a lot and met incredible people along the way, but I always wanted to be more involved in the life of the team.
I always had in mind this crazy idea of creating a different structure and to get to know the behind the scenes. When I knew that Kilian and Cédric had the same plan, I made the decision to join them on this new adventure.
The fact that I will work directly with the brands will help me to discover a new professional world. The Enduro Collective is the opportunity to work closely with my sponsors.
Especially since I graduated with a Master in Marketing, I wanted to get closer to the mountain bike industry.
I will mostly work with Mavic to promote their women line. I will also focus on growing a community of women with the same passion for riding with the brand. By choosing this new team and combining my athlete and professional career, I’m preparing for my future.
Thus, I am way more calm and ready to enjoy the season. I am happy to team up with Cédric and Kilian. They are longtime friends and a big support for me. Kilian will help me to develop my social media while Cédric will be my main support at every Enduro World Series.
My main goal is the Enduro World Series overall title, but besides racing, I I aim to develop a project I created last year, the Ride and Smile days: events for 100% girls! It is a packed program and I am excited for the season to start.
Kilian Bron ( MTB Enduro Driver & Media Manager )
After three great/unforgettable years with the Sunn Team, it was time to move on. I spent these three seasons focusing on my media projects and enduro and mass start downhill races. While Thomas and Isabeau were fulltime racers, I was constantly juggling my time between the races and my media projects.
This program suited me well because it was as if I have two jobs and seasons in one. But a new year also means new season and goals, it was a great time to change.
I was looking for a structure that was aligned with my goals, with more direct interactions with partners. That’s why we came up with the idea of this structure “The Intense Mavic Collective”, with two riders with two different skills.
I already spent two years with Isabeau in the same team. Beyond her performances racing she is a great woman ambassador and she is also really motivated organising her own events like “Ride and Smile”.
She will be a great support for me at the races and, in return, I will help her with managing her communication and all media aspects. Unlike other classical teams, we all have a specific role in our collective, that complement our personal skills.
Cedric Carrez is managing our team, especially our partnerships and will assist and support Isabeau at the races. Isabeau will still focus on her EWS goals but she is also dealing with our main partners.
On my side, I’m working on my own web series “Mission” this season, with a simple concept: riding around atypical spots, all around the world. You will discover it soon! I will also be the Media manager of the collective. To sum it up, our new bikes are amazing, the season is coming and we can’t wait for the first trips and races!
Cedric Carrez ( Team Manager )
The idea to create the Enduro Collective was made after Eurobike. I had noticed that Kilian and Isabeau wanted to get out of their ‘simple’ roles of just being riders.
They wanted to get closer to the brands in order to be in contact, to exchange more and to participate actively in their development. Also, in discussions with my long-time partners, Intense Cycles, Mavic but also with Racer, (a brand for which I am Team Manager and Head of the Cycle Unit), I started to see the possibility of setting up a structure where all the ingredients would be gathered.
So here we are today all three partners on this private team, where everyone will have a role to play. Kilian, while exploring the most beautiful summits during his trips and shooting will be in charge of the media part.
Isabeau will host and create some events and focus in priority on the Enduro World Series of course. For my part, I would have to manage the logistics, organizational and partnerships matters. I am delighted with the work we have done these 6-last months and today we are very proud to present you officially, the Intense-Mavic Collective powered by Racer.