From his Reunion Island home to a World Champs podium. We look back at a unique and inspiring career as a way to say thank you and farewell, Flo.

It’s hard to think of a Downhill World Cup without the long, lean figure of Flo Payet floating down the track. Cruising through the paddock, oozing the chilled vibes of his Reunion Island home. But, after 19 years of racing at the top, he called time on his career at the end of last season, bowing out in Val di Sole to universal congratulation and adoration.

This video is a feel-good story of passion, perseverance and success as Flo counts down to the last race run of his professional career. It was made with the help of wonderful archive footage from his early racing years, insight and messages from his family and friends, and plenty of recent ripping through the wild landscapes of Reunion.

It’s a celebration of a career that emerged from a small island off the coast of Africa and arrived at a World Championship podium – stealing the hearts of those he met along the way. Flo Payet will leave a lasting legacy on downhill mountain biking. Thank you, Sanka Man!

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