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No rest for the wicked

Triumph stunt rider reveals podium pressure

Take 36 riders from around the planet all in desperate pursuit of the tiny margins that might earn them legendary status.

Throw in attitude, controlled aggression and a daredevil desire to push the boundaries of physics and you have a recipe for enthralling, edge-of-the-seat motorcycle ‘gymnastics’.

Last year, Triumph stunt rider Julien Welsch missed out on a podium spot and has spent every day of the 12 months since in personal torment.

“Each trick was not perfect, so I challenged myself to work on a very technical, dynamic and aggressive run this year. I trained every day like never before,” he said.

“No rest, just hard work. I gave 150% to be able to make this run. I wanted a podium place and I worked so hard to get it. Hard work pays, so I’m proud.” Julien finished third in the main competition and second in the wheelie contest, behind Red Bull rider Aras Gibieza, from Lithuania, and winner, Frenchman Romain Jeandrot.

He also finished second in the wheelie contest behind all-conquering Sarah Lezito. After slowly peaking as the contest went on, he reached the final 10 at the Ouest Bike Show event in France.

He said: “It was time to give everything. Go big or go home. Despite a small mistake at the beginning, I did my dream run.”

Watch his run here