Date of birth:
1993.08.21
Hometown:
Plainevaux, Belgium
Sponsors:
Canyon, Red Bull, ION, MAXXIS, FOX, TSG, NC-17, Oakley, Velo, Hayes, Answer, Sun Ringle,

BIO

In 2010 at only 16 years of age, people noticed him for the first time when Thomas placed 4th at the FISE Slopestyle in Montpellier. It then became obvious, that the scene will hear more from the young Belgian shredder.

Thomas went on in following seasons to compete and beat higher ranked riders at major FMB World Tour events. Finishing second at the Go Big or Go Home 2011 in Munich, and then 6th a few weeks later at the Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg. Thomas was already paving his way as a professional athlete. In the FMB World Tour overall ranking 2011 he was ranked as the 13th best freerider of the world.

Thomas’ major breakthrough came in 2012, making it on the podium 4 times throughout the season and his wins at the Gold event 26TRIX and Diamond event Red Bull Joyride, rewarded him with a third place finish in the FMB World Tour 2012 overall ranking.

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In 2013, at only 19 years of age, Thomas Genon won the Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler and became a freeride superstar that day. Despite his natural talent, Thomas has shown dedication and passion to reach this great achievement.

Thomas’ style combines a variety of technical variations which makes him one of the most outstanding mountain bike athletes in the world today.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013: 4th overall FMB World Tour
  • 2013: 10th Red Bull Rampage, Virgin/Utah (USA)
  • 2013: 1st Fade Away Session, Boppard (GER)
  • 2013: 4th Bearclaw Invitational, Vancouver Island (CAN)
  • 2013: 6th Red Bull Joyride, Crankworx Whistler (CAN)
  • 2013: 4th Slopestyle at Colorado Freeride Festival (USA)
  • 2013: 5th Crankworx Les 2 Alpes (FRA)
  • 2013: 4th 26TRIX, Leogang (AUT)
  • 2013: 2nd Scott on Air, Saalbach-Hinteglemm (AUT)
  • 2013: 4th Red Bull Berg Line, Winterberg (GER)
  • 2013: 3rd FISE, Montpellier (FRA)
  • 2013: 1st King of Dirt, Riva del Garda (ITA)
  • 2013: 2nd Vienna Air King, Vienna (AUT)
  • 2014: 4th FMB Diamond Series Standings
  • 2014: 3rd Red Bull District Ride, Nuremberg (GER)
  • 2014: 5th Bearclaw Invitational, Mt. Washington (CAN)
  • 2014: 4th Swatch Prime Line, Munich (GER)
  • 2014: 2nd Crankworx Les2Alpes (FRA)
  • 2014: 2nd 26TRIX, Leogang (AUT)
  • 2014: 1st FISE World, Montpellier (FRA)
  • 2014: 1st Swatch Rocket Air, Thun (SUI)
  • 2014: 3rd Vienna Air King (AUT)
  • 2014: 1st Hall of Dirt, Stuttgart (GER)

INTERVIEW 2014.10.23

What are you looking for to accomplish?

At the end the goal is to have the most fun possible on bikes.

What would be your greatest achievement?

Winning Red Bull Joyride again.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

There isn’t any proper place to train and learn new stuff. You need to get your own riding place and do things by your own cause no one is gonna help you.

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What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

When I accomplish the goals I set to myself since a long time.

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

When I am alone I am usually riding some trails or skateparks. If I am riding downhill or bigger jumps I like to be with somebody.

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What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

I just do what’s fun to me and what I feel like doing that day. But I need to be riding everyday and at different places to feel confident on my bike. I don’t push too hard each ride but everyday is a chance to get better somehow.

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What are you most nervous about when competing?

The fear of not doing well or to get hurt maybe.

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Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

I don’t know! But the most supportive people are my parents. Can’t thank them enough for helping me realizing my biggest dream without ever putting pressure on me.

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What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Last year a good friend from Austria presented me his cousin and after hanging out a few days, the cousin wrote me on a paper the way I should act and feel about my sport and life.

This was just so good advice and made me love even more my sport. It’s too long to write it down here. I would just say the most important thing was to not push it too hard, just usual training will make progresses.

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What are your future plans?

Last winter I moved for seven months to South of France. All the spots there are crazy compared to what I have around my home. In winter a lot of riders/friends are traveling there to ride. We had good times so hopefully this winter will be even better!

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Just ride whatever you feel like riding and love what you do.

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