An ambitious sportswoman with an atypical record of achievement, Camille Balanche has dabbled in a number of sporting disciplines before settling on enduro and downhill racing. Her sporting career began with ice hockey. After a few years as a junior, she joined the women’s national team, and even participated in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.Are we talking about the same Camille Balanche? The one who rides her mountain bike without batting an eyelid on steep slopes full of roots, trees, turns and jumps? The one who won the DH World Champion title in 2020 ? Yes, we are ! In 2014, she discovered cycling and launched her first career in Enduro, winning the first Swiss Cup in the discipline and joining the world circuit. In 2017, she discovered downhill mountain biking and won a bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships. The following year, the Swiss rider from Neufchâtel joined the COMMENCAL DORVAL team after an amazing 2019 season that saw her win the European DH Championships and achieve 7th place overall in the World Cup. In her first season on a SUPREME DH, she won the 2020 DH World Championships with a flawless run on the chaotic and muddy Leogang track! In 2021, she started her season on a high note by winning the first round of the World Cup in Leogang as well as the Swiss DH Championships! Unfortunately, the reigning World Champion had to settle for bronze in Downhill at the 2021 World Championships in Val di Sole, beaten by the French rider Myriam Nicole, another female jewel of the COMMENCAL Muc-off team.
If the Neuchâtel native created a surprise in 2020, she has now settled in at the highest level against fierce competitors.
Since the start of the 2022 UCI World Cup circuit, Camille has once again shown her desire and determination, with a 1st place in Lourdes in France and a 2nd place in Fort William in Scotland.
We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us at the 2022 UCI MTB World Championships in Les Gets, and if she will once again take the rainbow jersey as she did in 2020.