Anne Caroline Chausson has retired after the first day of the Finale Ligure Enduro World Series.
She will not be finishing the event due to fatigue but ended day one in third place behind Isabeau Courdurier and Cecile Ravanel.
She ends her carer as arguably the greatest mountain biker of all time having accrued 13 downhill World Championships, five downhill World Cup overall titles, an Olympic BMX gold medal, two dual slalom world championships and two four cross world championships. In the twilight years of her career she focussed on enduro and picked up six wins in the Enduro World Series.
Unfortunately, Anne Caroline withdrew from the 2015 Samoens round of the EWS with Ovarian cancer, however she miraculously came back at Whistler this year and managed to finish the second half of the season.
In a post on her Facebook, Chausson said: “Yesterday was my last day of international racing and I am pretty stoked to finish 3rd even if it’s only on a one day racing as I won’t take the start today. I already push my body hard this week with 3 days on the bike and a big crash during practice. I will come back later on the end of my international racing career. Lot of things to tell and plenty of people to thanks. Good luck to everyone racing today. Have a great Sunday.”
Chausson was given a special send off by the rest of the women’s field as she started her final stage yesterday evening that you can see in the EWS post below:
We wish Anne Caroline all the best in her future career and hope that mountain bikes are involved somehow.