Perrine Devahive started in the world of trials when he was only a teenager, and now she is 22 she is the 3rd in the UCI ranking. In addition to being a born fighter, she is a crossfit fan and this year she is the leader of the ProRACE team.
Welcome!! You are new in Team ProRace, what are your first impressions?
I’m very excited and enthusiastic to be part of the official Monty team for the 2017 season! My very first trial bike, which I bought second hand when starting this sport, was a Monty 221! I have always liked this brand and its bikes!
Let’s go straight to the basics, what do you think about your 2016 season?
My 2016 season was, by far, the best and most interesting of all! But it was also the most complicated on a lot of points! First, it started badly with a back injury during and after the first World Cup in Krakow. This costed me more than a month of complete training (both cycling trials and crossfit or endurance). I had barely resumed training for a week and we were already at Menénires for the second round of the World Cup! This start of the season ended with a lot of frustrations because I was convinced that I could do much better! Then the results improved significantly on the end of the season! Notably with a superb 3rd place at the World Championships! This podium is very important to me because two days before the competition I was not sure whether to participate or not, for family reasons. In addition, my training was far from optimal because I had been in the university for a few weeks. I finally went without great ambitions, but with the conviction that everything was possible! And finishing the season nicely, still a podium on the last round of World Cup, at home, in Belgium in Antwerp!
In particular, a milestone was reached during the 2015/16 season, what has changed regarding other yearts? If you had to tell us about an important moment during this season?
I will combine these two questions because in my opinion it is this milestone that made me take this course. There was a click in my head after my victory at the Uban trial test event organized by the UCI after the World Cup in Albertville. Indeed, before that, everyone told me that I could win, that I had the level to fight with the best. But the fact is that I never managed to repeat in competition what I knew to do in training because of stress and doubts. My mind in competition has always been my weakest point! After this victory, I was finally convinced that everything was possible and from that moment on all my “mindset” in competition has changed and the last results prove it well enough.
2016 is the first season of the M5 “Os”. You have raced all season with it, how would you describe your bike?
The word that best describes the bike in my opinion is the word “efficient”! With this frame in hyper rigid carbon, the bike is super reactive, there is no loss of energy: it has a formidable efficiency! It also means that you have less “right to make mistakes” at the technical level, timing, … In any case, I am a fan of this bike.
You are one of the most expected drivers of the pack, how do you see the 2017 season?
The end of the 2016 season gave me even more ambition! And now I want more, I want to improve in 2017; I want to do better than last year. I look forward to the start of the 2017 season and especially the international competitions!!
Most athletes are superstitious. Do you have crazes, rituals when entering a competition?
Personally, I’m not superstitious! Before a competition, I like having everything planned so I don’t have bad surprises or problems! Otherwise I often listen to music to motivate and relax before the competition and the warm-up!
Let’s focus on the coming season, what are your goals? Do some competitions attract more attention than others?
My main goal, in the next few years, is to become a World Champion! The World Championship will therefore be of particular importance to me; that said, I will try to approach it like any other competition, because in the end it is only a competition.
Monty is currently focusing its attention on a new range of tubular trial frame called “Kaizen”; as well as a 26” competition-oriented prototype. What is the opinion of your environment about the comeback of Monty in the Trial?
I think it’s great that Monty comes back with this new range a little more accessible to all. From what I heard, the bike seems to please and interest people! Personally I find it really cool! Almost as much as the M5! Haha
Tell us a little more about Perrine Devahive outside the Trial. Can you introduce the person in a few lines?
I am 22 years old and I live in Sprimont in the province of Liège in Belgium. I have been riding a trial bike for over 7 years now. I started this discipline after attending a trial bike demonstration. After that, I made a try at the Aywaille Trial Club and I was quickly hooked and evolved until reaching the international high level! I also do a lot of crossfit for my physical preparation! I love the spirit of this sport, the excelling of oneself, the intentions, the community, … I am currently in training at Crossfit Ember (in Liège) to become a crossfit coach! Regarding my studies, I am currently in my 3rd year of study in Physiotherapy at the University of Liège. In life I like to travel, to try all kinds of sports, to spend time with my friends, to have new experiences and to work on many projects that are close to my heart! I also take care of the training of the young pilots of the club of Aywaille.
A sportsman in particular with whom you find inspiration in difficult times?
There are many athletes I admire, in different sports and for different reasons too! I cannot quote them all because the list is long! One of the biggest athletes today is Rich Froning, this guy is an alien of the crossfit both physical abilities and his mentality … In the trial, my first inspiration was Kenny Belaey of course! At the moment I like watching all the male “top riders”, it is a great source of motivation which pushes me to evolve and to train harder! Another person whom I admire enormously for her strength of character is Marion Pocher! She is a good friend and I have always had quite a lot of contacts with her, and her positivity, her willingness to fight to recover after her accident is simply amazing !!! It is a huge lesson in life for me and sincerely, I am admirer!
For the last question, a complicated one, if you had to find a slogan to sell us Manon Basseville in a sentence, what would you choose?
Sky is the limit !!!