By Félix Côté
Passion for sports, the Mountain and Liberté
Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Félix Côté, I’m 24 years old and I’m an elite cross-country mountain biker.
Not familiar with the sport? Imagine cycling along mountain and cross-country ski trails in the summer on a bike with studded tires. Cross-country mountain biking is a lot like cross-country skiing. It’s a great cardio workout because you don’t only ride down hills: you have to climb them too!
I caught the mountain biking bug when I was 12 years old and I’ve never been able to shake it! I even started competing that same year—my first taste of adrenaline. Today, my weekends are all about elite cross-country mountain biking at the provincial, national and international levels.
In recent years, I took part in several major events, including the World Championships (2010), a few World Cups and several races in Québec and Canada. I am also a member of the Québec team. In 2013, I plan to push my potential even further and coach young local riders.
Why did I accept a sponsorship from Liberté? Simply because Liberté’s values are in line with mine. Liberté contributes to communities and keeps its production local. The company is committed to using natural ingredients, respects the food products it uses and offers an organic line—values that are all important to me.
As an elite athlete, I prepare meticulously. It’s great to log a lot of training hours, but there are so many other important training elements, especially recovery and nutrition. I want the best gear and I also want the best foods. That’s why I always turn to Liberté products. Time and experience have made me knowledgeable about nutrition, and I’ve learned to read nutrition labels. I choose my foods carefully, and I won’t settle for less than the best.
About mountain biking
Mountain biking is a whole, modern sport that always gives me a jolt of adrenaline. I’m really passionate about it. It’s a great cardio workout because your legs are like your engines! It’s also a technical and tactical sport because riders must be able to steer their bikes between rocks, over roots, around trees and up and down steep hills. When competing, it’s key to properly manage your energy because races last 1.5-2 hours.
Mountain biking also respects current ecological values. If there aren’t any paths, there’s no biking! Preserving and creating green spaces and maintaining paths are very important to the mountain biking community. And biking brings people together. Of course, it’s an individual sport, but it’s also a great way to meet people of all ages who share the same values: health, physical activity and environmental protection. There are clubs for people who compete at serious levels and clubs for those who prefer a quiet ride on Sunday afternoon…There’s definitely something for everyone!