Julien Absalon is a French mountain bike racer who is widely considered one of the best riders in the sport’s history. He is one of the most decorated athletes in the sport, winning titles at every level and across the globe. Absalon picked up mountain biking at the age of 14 after his neighbor introduced him to the sport. After experiencing some success as a junior in France, Absalon realized this would eventually become his career. He became the French National Champion during his second year as a junior and he never looked back
Since then, Absalon has dominated the elite UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country scene. Beyond the World Cup circuit, the Frenchman won Olympic Gold in Athens and Beijing. Although Olympic glory has opened doors for Absalon and brought him plenty of notoriety, he claims that the best thing to come from Mountain Biking in the Olympics has been the attention it brought to the sport, especially in his home country of France.