NAME: Caroline Mani
DATE OF BIRTH: 18 January 1987
PLACE OF BIRTH: Besançon , France
CURRENT HOME TOWN: Colorado springs
OTHER SPONSORS: Raleigh/clement team
French National champion 2010 and 2011
5th at world championship (Hoogerheide , NED 2009)
7th at world championship ( tabor, CZE 2010)
4th at world cup (Lievin, FRA 2012)
3rd at french nationals ( Quelneuc, FRA 2012)
University world champion ( NED, 2008)
5th at world championship U23 (Val di sol, ITA 2008)
French national champion U23 (France, 2009)
1st at world cup U23 ( Madrid, SPA 2009)
2nd at world cup U23 ( Offenburg, GER 2009)
3rd at world cup general classification U23 (2009)
WHY DO YOU LIKE SMITH OPTICS:
I love smith, it is a super cool brand! making super cool glasses and goggles!
FAVORITE SMITH PRODUCT & WHY:
I love my pivlock V2, because they are super fashion, super comfortable, a great vision and I can inter change the lenses every time I want within the weather outside.
I love my new lifestyle glasses, the audible, I feel like a rock star with this one! LO
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING:
I was racing motorcross when I was 11 years old, playing tennis and I broke my back in 2002, so people suggested I ride a bike for recovery and I did a race with my school because they needed one more student.
I won the downhill and my school told me that I should race, so I started MTB in 2004, then cyclocross in 2006, and never stopped and looked back…
Now I’m in love with what I do! I have so much fun, and the cycling community is amazing. Racing in America is a really good opportunity for me and I’m enjoying it!
FAVORITE RACE OF THE SEASON AND WHY:
I love nationals because that is my goal, and it is a lot of pressure and you are so ready to give the maximum of you!
Every race makes my day, and make me realize how lucky i’m to be healthy, be able to ride and race a bike!
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIST PAIR OF SUNGLASSES:
it was probably the ugliest sunglasses ever! Now I have the best one so doesn’t matter! LOL
CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE SEEN IN A RACE?:
For a european racer, coming here and discover an other style of racing was a big surprise.
My first race in America was Las Vegas 2 years ago, and I though it was just crazy! I finished the race, drinking a beer, and I had 23 dollars between my boobs, because I though that was too much fun to grab it !
I would never happen in Europe!
IN THE OFF SEASON I LIKE TO:
I love doing other sports that we can not really do during the season, like ski, running, riding motorcycle…
Also enjoying time with friends and family is precious because we are always on the road and I’m living in an other country than mine!