A RISKY WA­GER ON THE SPEED MAS­TER’S STYLE

MOST PEO­PLE KNOW LOÏC

Bike (USA) - - Grimy Handshake - BY BRICE MIN­NIGH

BRUNI AS A PURE­BRED down­hill racer. Ever since the fiery young French­man be­gan blaz­ing down World Cup DH race­tracks as a ju­nior eight years ago, his name has in­creas­ingly be­come syn­ony­mous with speed.

He’s a fierce com­peti­tor who puts it all on the line in ev­ery race. And in just a few momentous years, Bruni has carved out a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s fastest down­hillers. He’s one of an elite few rac­ers who are al­ways in con­tention for a World Cup vic­tory. Along with the likes of Greg Min­naar and Aaron Gwin, any given race is his to lose.

With two UCI World Cham­pi­onship ti­tles un­der his belt at the ten­der age of 23, Bruni’s ca­reer is off to one of the most promis­ing starts in the his­tory of DH rac­ing. And by most ac­counts, this phe­nom’s po­ten­tial has yet to fully blos­som, leav­ing fans around the world won­der­ing ex­actly what his fu­ture might hold.

But apart from his pen­chant for speed—and his out­spo­ken, bru­tally hon­est man­ner—what more does the rid­ing pub­lic know about ‘Su­perBruni’?

Un­like freerid­ers, whose ca­reers re­volve around per­form­ing for the cam­era, DH rac­ers are mea­sured by the clock. They are ob­sessed with only one thing: Get­ting down the world’s most de­mand­ing cour­ses as quickly as pos­si­ble. Though this re­quires con­sum­mate skill, fit­ness and fo­cus, show­ing ‘style’ is not a pre­req­ui­site for get­ting onto podi­ums.

With rig­or­ous train­ing and travel reg­i­mens, there is pre­cious lit­tle time for video and photo shoots. When DH ath­letes aren’t com­pet­ing, they’re out test­ing sus­pen­sion set­ups, ham­mer­ing on road bikes or do­ing strength-build­ing ex­er­cises at the gym.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY DUN­CAN PHILPOTT

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