L’aventure Swiss Monty

The Swiss Monty Adventure Continues

Friday 26 November 2010
by Ben Swales
popularity : 30%

PNG - 335.7 kb The continuation of the story of one family’s passion that left its mark on biketrials in Switzerlaznd and beyond... Part 2 of the Gavillet saga: the Swiss Monty Adventure Continues!

Robert, at first, with SwissMonty, was disposed to have stock for his son and for the other riders in an effective way. But very soon, he was solicited for doing the reparations during the competition. It was decided to prepare a covering stand for all the competitions in order to do the technical assistance to the riders: The riders only had to pay for the items. The time dedicated and work by Joél was rewarded by the response of the happiness from the riders and parents. He was always attend to help to anyone in need before the competition, meanwhile Jacqueline was taking care of the clothing.

At the Swiss Monty tech stand. Right from the word go, Robert put his know-how to good use, fixing bikes and parts for all and sundry!

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...while at the trade stand Jacqueline makes them their morning coffee.

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The Robert work, based on offering the repair‐work free of charge offered till now prevented other brands to enter in the Switzerland market such as GT, Heavy Tools or Kokk, letting Monty as the dominant brand in Switzerland for many years.

For such a stand at a competition i twas necessary to have plenty of parts, tools and know/how in order to be prepared for any eventuality.

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Jacqueline and Robert had the chance of helping many top riders along the National and International Championships such as Marc Vinco.

This familiar investment by the side of Jacqueline and Robert was recompensed no only by the satisfaction given to the riders and parents but by the great record got by his son Joél, who brought many tittles at Home.

- N°2 Elite Swiss Champion 20" in 1989, 1990, 1991
- Elite 20" Swiss Champion in 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 - Elite 26" Swiss Champion in 1996, 1997, 1998
- N°2 Senior World Champion 20" UCI in 1990 et 1991
- World champion 20" Elite UCI in 1993

Val d’Isère (France), 1993: Joël en route to the world title, watched by his friend and rival Stefan Schlie (Germany)

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1993 UCI Elite podium: 1st Joël Gavillet (Switzerland) 2nde Stefan Schlie (Germany) 3rd Alfonso Mendez Baños (Spain)

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After the ceremony, Joël shared out the champagne in his trophy. Bottom left: too young to enjoy the champagne, future Swiss Champion Stefan Moor lets his father have his share. On the left, you’ll al recognise a young Alain Rémy, the future organiser of K-124 Days and other big international competitions.

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1995, Robert had the pleasure to go with his son to Japan. Invited by their friend Hiroshi Hirano, BIU President, who invited Joël to take part in the last round hold in Itadori. Thought, Joël did not get any medal they came back with full of presents given by the nice people from Itadori.

The BIU World Championship final in Itadori (Japan) in 1995. The welcoming ceremony for the European riders with, from left to right: César Cañas (Spain), Ot Pi (Spain), Gabriela Danikova (Slovakia), Joël Gavillet (Switzerland), Thierry Klinkenberg (Belgium), Marc Vinco (France), Martyn Ashton (GB), Martin Simunek (Czech Republic), Petr Kraus (Czech Republic), Josef Dressler (Czech Republic)

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The next year, it will be the first one after 23 years, that Jacqueline and Robert will not be present avec their stand in a National Championship. However, they have assured the continuity of the Monty service handing their place to the father of a rider.

Joël at work in Itadori

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Jacqueline and Robert have stayed always with his son while he was performing shows along Switzerland, promoting the Velo – trial.

Joël mid-demo in Lausanne (Switzerland), at the first RollerContest in 1994

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Along the years, thanks to the ingenuity of Robert and the experience gained by Joél , different technical suggestions were proposed to Monty in order to improve the models such as the change of the hubs system and the frame improvements at the head parts which were applied on the Monty bicycles.

At the end of 1998, after being 15 years in the competition, Joél decided to finish his sport live. If till now Robert and Jacqueline did the service for his son and others , they went on with the Monty service in all the competitions for more than 11 years more. During this time, Joél was to be in a second place by assuring the German correspondence and setting the web site www.swissmonty.com. Today, at the age of 39 years, he still performs “ le velo trial “ by pleasure (see Trial sur la Côte de Granit Rose).

Jacqueline and Robert on the SwissMonty stand at one of the Swiss Championship rounds in Bex, 2004.

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In 2004, at the UCI World Cup final in Lausanne, Jacqueline and Robert welcomed Carles Diaz and Dani Comas into their home.

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But the SwissMonty adventure is not to finish here, since the family Vuilleme from Epauvillers, between Delémont and Porrentruy will continue the activity as the Monty official agent in Switzerland to begin in January 2010 and to follow the Monty service at the competitions.

Jacqueline and Robert Gavillet would like to thank all of those people who put their confidence and trust in them over the many years that they were at the Swiss Monty helm and will always have fond memories of the world of biketrials and the people in it.

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