2012 World Junior DH Champion & Team Lapierre International rider Loic Bruni announces officially today that he's joining the 100% family.
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Filmmaker: Mathieu Echeverri - Genepi Film - http://www.genepifilm.com
Music: Elodie Goulding - Lights / Dark Objekz Remix
1. What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Loic Bruni. I live in the south of France, in a town named Cagnes-sur-Mer, close to Nice.
2. How old are you and how long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding a bike before walking but I raced my first race at age nine; it was a MOM AVALANCHE and the only race of the year! In the beginning I was riding cross-country, trail and BMX, but DH was the most fun.
3. How long have you been racing bicycles?
I really started racing at 13 with a regional series of races on enduro bikes, it was amazing with the friends, I have so many good memories.
4. What race series are you competing in for 2014?
For 2014 I will race the full world cup series, world champs, some French races that I like, maybe a few IXS. I know Blenky wants to race the one in Schladming, so… !
5. What was you first bike?
My first bike was a yellow Sunn with no suspensions, but my first ‘downhill’ bike was a Devinci home made by my father and my uncle with several broken frames, it was a sick bike! I broke it five times but my uncle always welded it back together.
6. Your first downhill oriented bike?
The first one was a Sunn Radical, such a good bike really maneuverable. I did my first top ten in French cup with this bad boy.
7. What bikes do you currently ride/race?
A Lapierre Pendbox DH Team, the best I’ve rode. We worked a lot on it, now we have found the best things we could find to improve it.
8. What are some of the strong points of the current Lapierre frame you are racing?
Really stable, light, 27.5 compatible, a lot of possibilities of settings, working mint!
9. What type of riding do you usually do?
I do BMX and downhill only with friends, so I never really ride full speed home cause the tracks are dangerous and I need to be between tapes to push. I do some road riding but I don’t really enjoy it cause it’s always for training.
10. Is the riding good in your area and can you ride year around?
Yeah, there is good riding here for sure. We don’t have too much snow in the winter, we have some really good tracks that we can ride and they are easy to shuttle. San Romolo is a one-hour drive and it’s an amazing place for riding. I went to NZ last year so I experienced what riding paradise was like but it’s a little bit far!
11. Where are some of your favorite trails?
San Romolo, of course. My private track built with Guillaume Cauvin. I like trails in New Zealand such as those in Queenstown, Rotorua, the bike park in Nelson where Dodzy’s memorial race was. Innerleithen and some tracks in Les Gets are good too.
12. What type of features do you like the best on the trails you ride?
I like small jumps and bumps, technical but fast stuff, good dirt, not too tight, not too pedaling… and everything that makes you smile in your helmet; like a beautiful landscape track.
13. Which racecourses do you like the best of the ones you have raced on?
I love Windham, it’s so sick to ride. Andorra is too, it’s really technical and flowing. I like Chamery, when the storm is not here, it is amazing. New Zealand cup tracks and few French ones like Lourdes and Superbesse.
14. What races do you plan on attending next year?
All the World Cups, no waist and World Champs… more consistency.
15. What sponsors do you currently have?
Lapierre bikes, Schwalbe, Easton, Bell helmets, Ride 100 percent, O’neal, Muc off, SRAM, Rock shox/avid, SDG, Crank Brothers, e13, les Gets. I would like a sportswear one so bad!
16. Are their any areas you think could be improved on the current genre of downhill mountain bikes?
Yes a lot, but it’s always a lot of work pretty much for free so not too many people are kind to shape and kill their back. But every mountain or hill has potential; you just need a road to drive up, or a lift and go!
17. Is Enduro riding/racing something you are currently doing?
I always rode enduro for fun so I’m not able to ride it really fast on the EWS, it looks like downhill but on enduro trails so… The best enduro for me are megavalanche and maxiavalanche, but the medias control and EWS is fashion at the moment and the races are actually good and physically hard so it’s good for enduro people, but for me enduro is not easy for racing.
19. Some people have been saying UCI World Cup courses being set up for video coverage at the sacrifice of steepness and technical riding?
Yeah, true. I understand it; it’s important for the sport too so a little bit is ok, but too much is not good for us. But when the track is shit they usually work on it for the year after.
18. Any shout out to people that have helped you along the way?
Yeah. My Dad first, of course my all riding friends of US Cagnes and family, Team Lapierre staff like Jack, Laurent and Cyril, my coach, and all the top riders for setting the example.
Thank you for your time.
Seven months of filming, 3TB of footage, 10 countries and countless travelling miles later and Life on Wheels presented by Creative Concept, Cycles Lapierre and Pure Agency is almost ready for release.
Following the Lapierre Gravity Republic team on their 2013 UCI World Cup and World Championship season, this film is about the characters and personalities behind who makes the team tick. From the riders to the mechanics and the management, everyone plays a part as we find out from the inside what the team is really like.
Starring Sam Blenkinsop, Loic Bruni, Emmeline Ragot and Loris Vergier and directed by Aaron Bartlett, part 1 of Life on Wheels is coming to a computer screen near you for free online release on the 6th November.
And if you can't wait that long you can check out the 60 minute film in FULL on the 1st November for 24 hours exclusively on Pinkbike.