Special recoqnition European Hall of Fame
Xavier started racing BMX early 1979 and can be considered one of the pioneer BMX racers of France and leaded the way for a long period of time.
He never won a European and/or World title in the highest level class, however he still was a leading figure in International BMX for many years, together with Claude Vuillemot and David Kastler.
Xavier is still involved in BMX due to his profession working for a bicycle company in England.
A man who had to be nominated for the European Hall of Fame of BMX.
Inducted in 2001
|Address:||72 Watcombe Circus|
|Tel/Fax:||+44 115 845 01 48|
|Children (Age)||Lucas (9), Suzanne (6), Marie (4)|
|Started BMX in:||First BMX in March 1979, First race/win June 6th, 1982|
- After my BMX racing end up around early 90's (last world in Norway 91), I worked for Starway a French bicycle company (which I raced for few years). I was product assistant and became product manager up to 95.
- In 1995 I did a big move for me and my family to work for a Chinese bicycle Company (CBC) in Hong Kong, as Marketing and Sales Manager for Europe.
- Back to France end of '97 I became Marketing Director for Diamondback Europe handling all product development (all products) world wide for DB and managing all promotion and marketing in Europe for another 2 years until Derby Cycles bought Diamondback and ask me to move to UK.
- From 99 in Raleigh Industries in UK I've been Product Director handling all product development for Raleigh and Diamondback.
- I'm starting a new challenge this year (especially in my age with a family…) I'm going back to school to prepare a MBA (Master in Business and Administration) in Nottingham University for a year…
Main Results: (Championships 1,2,3 Spots)
|French Champion (7 times):||Open 16+ : 82 - Superclass 20": 86, 87, 88 - Super Cruiser 24": 85, 86, 87 Runner up (5 times): Superclass 20": 84, 85, 89 - Super Cruiser 24": 88, 90; SuperTour: Winner 85, 88|
|European Champion:||Never (I should have been but and if….)|
|Runner up (3 times):||Superclass 20": 86, 88 - Cruiser 24" FIAC: 90|
|Third:||Superclass 20" : 89 - 20" FIAC : 90 - Supercruiser 24" : 86, 88|
|Bercy:||Superclass winner in 1985|
|Indoors:||Tours "Trophe des As" winner 1989|
|World Champion:||Never (I should have been but and if….)|
|Runner up (4 times):||Japan Amateur 20" : 84 - Japan Amateur trophy 20" : 84 - Canada Superclass 20": 85 - Brasil Superclass 20" FIAC : 89|
|Third:||Canada Supercruiser 24" : 1985 - England Supercruiser 24" : 1986 - Chili Superclass 20" : 1988 - Spain Superclass 20" FIAC : 1990|
|Fourth:||Orlando Superclass 20" : 1987 - Australia Supercruiser 24" : 1989 - France Pro 20" : 1990|
Rememorable Events & Results:
The big thing for me was definitely the World Championship in 1984 in Japan, it was my first or second big trip, my first world (I missed Slagharen 1983!…), I was 18! It was a dream. Leading from almost ....... start to finish this race and to be honest I never believed that Phil Hoogendoorn passed me on the finish line so I'm probably World Champion…. (Joke for Dutch community and especially Phil). * Remark GD: just for your peace of mind, I got the pictures to prove it Redois!
Was a Member of the Following Teams:
Gitane from 82 to 85 - GT from 86 to 88 - Starway from 89 to 93
Any other Remark to be made:
I've really enjoy all my wins, I really think I've grown from my defeats. And was very proud of my picture on the last BMX Action cover - May 1989 - BMX has definitely change my life in my self-confidence, opening doors to believe and to achieve goals. I have loved this period of my live, training hard, travelling, meeting new people, of course racing, I 've loved to be stress before a final, challenging my friends Claude Vuillemot, David Kastler, Eric Minozzi…you know this feeling also of adrenaline… it was just good.
Stopped being active as a racer in: 1993 I thought I was too old?
Still Active in BMX?
Yes as a rider riding time to time with my son for fun…