Yannick Granieri is a lover of life and a pursuer of dreams. The young mountain bike professional from Lyon, France has been surrounded by bikes since birth, as his grandfather, Joseph Follis, was the renowned bike manufacturer of the Follis brand. However, as a child, Yannick was more focussed on gymnastics, and left biking to his older brothers. But with such strong family ties linking him back to bikes, it didn’t take long for his heritage to catch up with him.
Now, with his lively but aggressive style, Granieri is a textbook biker with one distinct advantage: his past gymnastic experience. Not only does he execute his tricks with refined grace and finesse, but he has impeccable spatial awareness to boot!
In his career so far, the Frenchman has managed to secure an abundance of wins and titles at competitions around the globe. In the last few years alone, Granieri has taken a 3rd place at the White-Style contest in Leogang, Austria in 2010, a 1st place at the best trick contest at the Claymore Challenge in New Hampshire, USA in 2012 and a further 1st place at the 2012 Nine-Knights contest in Neuenkirchen, Austria for ‘Best Trick’.
After being out of commission for a whole six months following ACL and knee injuries sustained in 2012, Yannick came back in 2013 stronger than ever, and picked up a win at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes and a second place at Crankworx Whistler. Having taken a podium in both the 2013 and 2014 Bearclaw Invitationals, Yannick is very much looking forward to the 2015 season.
With his skill as a rider constantly improving, each year he continues to pull something pretty remarkable out of the bag, each time bigger, better and badder than the last. Yannick Granieri is most definitely one rider to keep both eyes on!Read more