Veronique Sandler joined the Wideopen crew for 2017 and had an incredible year.
With Vero moving on to pastures new we’re taking a look back at the best bits of the year.
Vero’s launch vid
Obviously we’re a bit bias but Vero’s arrival on the team brought a wicked little launch video. She teamed up with film maker Callum Philpott and tore up some of the Forest of Dean’s muddiest, wintriest trails. It was a great start to the year.
Peanut Butter Porridge
Vero has traditionally been a downhill racer and has plenty of World Cup races under her belt. For 2017 though, she wanted to move away from racing and focus on big jumps and video edits.
Her weirdly named Peanut Butter Porridge vid was her first proper edit of the year showing folk that she really can properly shred.
Fort William World Cup
Vero couldn’t resist a punt at the Fort William World Cup and despite destroying her ankle a few weeks before she scored top 10 in qualification and 12th in her final run.
Messin’ in Morzine
For a quick summer break Vero shot out to Morzine and drifted dusty turns for a week. Obviously, there was a video alongside too!
Vero spends a lot of time up in Sheffield and we’re sure would thank the guys up north for helping her level up her skills this year. Her Sheffield Shredding video was another absolute banger!
Vero’s teeshirt range
When she’s not riding you’ll likely find Vero sketching away in her note pad. Midway through the year she teamed up with the Banana Industries guys to turn her art into some clothing designs – you can read an interview with her about them here.
Riding Hafjell Bike Park
September saw Vero and her boyfriend Max head out to Norway to ride Hafjell Bike Park – with a little help from Wideopen and Melon Optics. They did some wild camping, explored the stunning Norwegian countryside and rode the hell out Hafjell Bike Park. And, of course, they made a video!
Destroying the BDS
Despite not wanting to focus on racing, Vero smashed the British Downhill Series. So much so, she actually took second overall in Elite Women – beating some proper big time, full time World Cup racers. Not bad at all!
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Good luck on your new set up in 2017 Vero!
Big thanks to the following awesome brands for supporting Vero for 2017