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Why We Think Amaury Pierron Riding An Intense is Just Trolling

Oct 30, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

We've been hearing some pretty strong rumours that Jack Moir has parted ways with the Intense team this winter so the next obvious questions is, who will replace him?

Amaury Pierron today has posted an Instagram of himself riding around on an Intense M29 in team colours next to the team manager of Intense Factory Racing team, Todd Schumlick. So, what's going on here? Has Amaury just blown the lid on the biggest team move of the offseason? We don't think so.

Alongside being a team manager, Todd also owns Perform-X, a coaching company with a number of top mountain bike racers as clients including Richie Rude, Brook MacDonald and... Aaron Gwin. It's probably far more likely that Pierron is joining him as an athlete and he just happened to have Gwin's bike lying around too. Pierron is a known joker and probably just saw an opportunity to stir the pot and jumped at the chance. This isn't the first time he's had a joke around with Intense either. On January 9, 2018, he posted the Instagram below, just 2 days before he revealed his move to the Commencal Vallnord team:

Secondly, Commencal's French riders tend to stick around the team for a while - Myriam Nicole and Thibault Ruffin have been with the team since 2011 and Remi Thirion since 2013. Pierron has now been racing Commencals on the World Cup circuit since 2016 and joined the factory team in 2018. He has since won six World Cups and a World Cup Overall on what is said to be one of the fastest World Cup bikes going. It simply doesn't make sense to change a winning formula, unless he's being offered a bucket load of money.

Finally, take a look at the comments on the post. Downhill World Cup racing is a small world and, while we aren't 100% sure who's riding where next year, some racers, managers, and insiders almost certainly are. They all seem to think this is a joke, and we would be inclined to agree.

Team announcements are carefully guarded and managed nowadays, and World Cup contracts generally run from Jan 1 to Dec 31, so this would be hugely disrespectful to Commencal. Plus, if last season taught us anything, we'd have to have a farewell edit from Commencal first, then a couple of months to build up the tension before a final reveal early in 2020.

Unfortunately, that means this barren spell for World Cup news continues. We're keeping our ears close to the ground for proper news and we'll update it as soon as we get it.


  • 422 0
 At least now we know who jacked Gwin's bike in Scotland.
  • 100 3
 If you look closely you will see an American flag on the bike. Does that mean he is leaving Commencal and France altogether??? Those are two big moves at once. LOL
  • 20 0
 wow that's the most clever reasoning for this picture. you sir, have a beer!
  • 2 0
 Totally right. He is just gloating to Gwin like Dr. Evil.
  • 7 0
 @vjunior21: if you look closely you can see the shadow of the helmet pn the ground...
  • 2 0
 Retallack parking lot is where the pic was taken.
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:25) (Below Threshold)
 @DRomy you're such a f*cking c*nt. Quoi etes vous francaise faire? If all the exposed level is is pay to play then they are nothing more than the exact problem, they would face no competition from the overall population and the sport would literally shrink as the ratio of potential 'elites' read 'patricians' would roll down the hill like raindrops off a pyramid until they slid to the base. Gwins the exemplary of the interior deterioration and overall cyst of the united states as a whole, he exemplifies a sore loser and worse winner. Anyone with the initial bankflow of either and possibly any WC rider could cheat, buy, and use fascist principled synthetics to literally eliminate any potential legitimate competition to the point where artificial inflation would only do to sink any possible dynamic or conducive flow to the inclusion of any event for sport. A slow race is just as competitive as a fast race due to the ratio of the potentials to the seats. However any synthetic or non dynamic insemination by either wealth used for inaccessible regimens or technology reduces the physical control of bodily performance such that realistic achievements are vastly undervalued by the overwhelming rarity of chance. If he does then all fantasies nonewithstanding the legitimacy and ceedibilty will ultimately lose all and any intrinsic value. SWALLOW YOUR OWN MOUTHWASH THEN SIP YOUR PISS!
  • 43 4
 @lateandsweaty: Do you just wear the tinfoil hat? Or do you go for the full body suit?
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Clarkeh: bro I wear a quilt eat bread with gluten squeeze milk from the tit, warm to mind you, and I know my pi from pie. But if youre pulled down from the hair on your helmet you werent paying attention in the first place. And oh yeah i can touch my toes, belch and pass a fart on the same ride, roll my cuffs and I never needed any mat to stretch.
  • 16 0
Jeez, you talk a lot...

Just chill and take it easy. It's more fun that way Smile
  • 2 0
 We Wee ,, I made a funny, they picture here see?
  • 8 0
 @lateandsweaty: go sleep, re-read tomorrow when sober lol
  • 12 0
 @lateandsweaty: wtf are you on about mate ? Btw you need to work on your French that was rubbish.
  • 7 0
 @lateandsweaty: Better start taking your prescription pills!
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Heidesandnorth: youre right but my left; what am i thinking if only popping a few more protein isolates enzymes were more affordable, but i hear nowadays they shake it up into some sorta milkshake juice, go kesha go kesha its your birthday not its not but well give you one your you juiced guys on stare oids as solid because theyre just too big for the rest of them normal sized fanboys next you can have a mockingbird that shits out dentist phony pharmacist coin
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:15) (Below Threshold)
 @Balgaroth: well super sorry that in an effort of resistance of paradox, misinformation, political terrorist secret society organisations we dropped gender as a necessity to communication, but since our conjugations are so easy even a Gauls eyes wide as fairy godmothers mouth for grain could make mockery of the unending feeble attitude the French take towards making a show of nearly nothing as a stance of liberty while theyre so called holy emperor leaves his people and builds a garden not for them but for a loony wife.
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:16) (Below Threshold)
 @CF519: and you talk none?
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Balgaroth: translation for the feeble minded attempted high roader of a degenerate succumbing groveling plebian gone serf gone peasant gone cockworshipping citizennnnne what do you French even do? What do you French even make? What do you french even think? Or has it gone so far as that you have lost your allowance to liberate and equalite of questioning oppressive establishments to isolate the liver from the posh underhanded purchase of status? Or do you lot still talk and discuss the sickening idolatry of yourselves and resist establishment's previous use of terror tactics to attempt to reassimilate those already living to a new falsehood unethical by all accounts ans burn the carpenters scraps? Maybe you should go work on yourself, then work on our nuances of linguistic development, then apologise to those that which were wronged by your weak minded refusal to stop the spread of cockworship and lies for the sustenance that could feed and be carried further. It takes one to know one pal and thou art a spider of on a web in place clear to be seen and swept, smushed and tossed out.
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:34) (Below Threshold)
 @ismasan: guess I broke too much of a sweat and you succumbed to the disease too unfortunate because you know i thought we all here rode bikes and enjoyed the integrity of a ride earned, but what do you know cant count on any sort of commonwealth's or royal proper spoken and taught property, guess I'll have to rethink how I think of myself. Tell you what you make me your property and then well be telling whos who's clear in the head, whos delusional, and your dictation of my bedtime and ingestion of clarified filtered and detoxidied draught. Yeah?
  • 18 1
 @lateandsweaty: Jesus man you should plan on making a anarchist metal band, all this shite you say in such a short time would do well there. Other than that did you ever set a foot in France ? Ever heard of Gillet Jaunes ? If the americans are "free" its in part thanks to us. And aside from writing human rights and be the first to chop kings' heads we did our fair share of inventing and building. Lady Liberty that americans are so proud of, yup that's French from down the road. But yeah start a band to spit whatever you have to you, you seem to need to vent a lot mate, that probably would do you plenty good and give us some rest too lol
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 2:51) (Below Threshold)
 @ismasan: guess I broke too much of a sweat and you succumbed to the disease too unfortunate because you know i thought we all here rode bikes and enjoyed the integrity of a ride earned, but what do I know? You cant count on any sort of commonwealth's or royal proper spoken and taught property, guess I'll have to rethink how I think of myself. Tell you what you make me your property and then we'll be telling who's who and who's clear in the head, who's delusional, and your dictation of my bedtime and ingestion of clarified filtered and detoxified draught. Yeah?
  • 10 0
 @lateandsweaty: "guess I'll have to rethink how I think of myself. "

Well, if you think of yourself as sane and coherent, then yes, you probably should.
  • 7 1
"@DRomy you're such a f*cking c*nt."

Bit harsh .
  • 18 0
 @pigman65: I think it’s a bot trying to “learn”.
  • 10 0
 @Unrealityshow: that is actually the only reasonable explanation to all this loool
  • 4 0
 @lateandsweaty: and you're absolutely no fun at parties mate.
  • 7 0
 @lateandsweaty: you’re a bot right? You’re making even less sense than Waki ;-)
  • 1 0
 @vjunior21: he's wearing Commencal team trousers...
  • 1 0
 The best reply in a long time!!!!!!!! lmao
  • 1 0
 @lateandsweaty: jeez man, chill out. Is this a troll or are you actually this way? I feel bad for your family/friends if you’re serious haha
  • 3 0
AP was just testing. Results were that the Intense DH bike does not nose wheel as 45mph across a finish line as well as the Commencal so he will stick with Commencal for now.

Note to manufacturers, you need to start incorporating high speed nose wheelies into your designs if you want to attract the talent. LOL
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 @lifeofloon: well youre parties arent fun so yeah it be pretty tough to be fun at a party that isn't. Secondly if sane and coherent is giving attention to unwanted behavior then please @metaam lift our load questioning thineselfs sanity next thine others because surely sanity stakes its own claim of itself to only detract from that which provokes thought. @BCtrailrider lucky for you no one thinks of me as a friend and i have many roles to fill for thise that I know and find myself surrounded with, as for my family they made the one they did and they have whats coming to them for the lies and suppression they forced upon their lin. @balgaroth then no hard feelings homie just to clear things up the first amercians should have just kicked their monarchies ass from their own homeland rather than leave and cause further problems from a foundation of unethical story tellings and promotion of secret terrorist societys and political organisations, graciously and gratefully we accpet your aid in coming to a broad er understanding of our condition and the terms of which we tell ourselves to be. I wish you well and further erosion of endorsed paradox, unethical misinformation and the dissolution of monopolizing art and paradigm establishments. Apologies for the idiocy of the ketchup eating redundant igorance of costumed freed, wed like to be rid of them too those of us that are glad to never face the whip nor kiss ass nor remove hats for those of high titles and no mind.
  • 6 0
 @lateandsweaty: and i thought id seen it all in pinkbike comments

get your walls of text outta here and go ride your bike you tosser
  • 2 0

So I tell the swamp donkey to sock it before I give her a trunky in the tradesman's entrance and have her lick me yardballs. (Eurotrip)
  • 2 0
AP is keeping us guessing. Hehe
  • 1 1
 @lateandsweaty: my goodness your are a wackjob. Go back to bed dumbass.
  • 1 0
 @Diznuts: What profile is lateandsweaty?
  • 100 0
 the syndicate comment is my favorite
  • 74 3
 Article of the century.
  • 19 1
 reminds me of a young kid having to write a paper so they use something thats simple and already obvious
  • 3 0
 Just a good sense of humour...That's why i like Momo
  • 2 0
 The new Al Gore
  • 6 0
 @Cocorico: This article could have been replaced with a close up of his facial expression.
  • 6 2
 Why would anyone jump from a race winning machine to Intense?
Is he planning on not doing well next season.
  • 3 1
 Can you confirm/deny? You are his brother, after all!
  • 49 2
 Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "No Shit, Sherlock".
  • 50 9
 I hate that I clicked on this stupid article
  • 1 7
flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:30) (Below Threshold)
 Only did to rip the fanboys a new one
  • 4 0
 @lateandsweaty: you're so rad my dude
  • 34 1
 Pinkbike will keep checking Team Rumors on Vital MTB to keep us updated.
  • 21 1
 Aurevoir AP. Bonjour AG.
  • 1 0
 I'd prefer a video "Janot, road to Quintal"
  • 2 1
 @fitjoani: suck my ass Basque bitch
  • 1 0
 Are UCI teams making trades like NFL teams now? This could be an interesting one for sure.
  • 16 1
 I wasted ATP on scrolling down this article.
  • 9 2
 Second pic.. it looks like Todd offered Amaury "twenty-bucks" or something to pose with Gwinners bike. Then Amaury was saying where is my money, and Todd is saying "Oh, empty pockets lololol". Todd also looks like he is drinking some sort of quality craft beer. +1 for Todd!
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:40) (Below Threshold)
 Man you know must suck to have a sore joint and not be able to ride your bike and still get a paycheck........................................................................? I guess fairness of competition was dropped for empty pockets, and stomachs, but hey heres a really really really dead dinosaur, all yours if you say its the best thing since gummy bears. I prefer ppl are if im to share my opinion but everyone else feel free to chime in as the "goat" needs to hibernate. Gwin should be sheared and sacrificed, his coat offered as a burnt offering and then maybe his thumb wont feel so bad. He should stay off twitter so much, f*cking hate when somebody gives me the bird with theyre thumb. What sort of numbnutted, gasmasked, overgrown toddler sucks on theyre thumb anyway probably couldt pas a piss test since he accidentally benchpressed 420 and couldnt remember to bring his pull ups.
  • 1 13
flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:41) (Below Threshold)
 Damn autocorrect my thumbs are only sore from it, not ppl, but "I prefer bears..."
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 30, 2019 at 23:56) (Below Threshold)
 And lastly goats don't hibernate theyre beter than that. Not that theres anything wrong with that but bear knows to give the goat a good while so the goat can familiarise itself with its surrounding and work on how and why should the bear work so hard bear neess its time off too. Goat can see through rectangles all it wants, but goats never gonna get far from its jaw in the dirt, or gr@$$ if you will.
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flag lateandsweaty (Oct 31, 2019 at 0:01) (Below Threshold)
 And lastly goats don't hibernate theyre beter than that. Not that theres anything wrong with that but bear knows to give the goat a good while so the goat can familiarise itself with its surrounding and work on how it's hoofs cant stay planted on a flat surface without clip clopping in and why should the bear work so hard bear needs its time off too bear seen enough already. Goat can see through rectangles all it wants, but goats never gonna get far from its jaw in the dirt, or gr@$$ if you will. Goat should eat its dollars maybe then the doctor can can prescribe something more plentiful then grass but then again doctors are too into ass and never know any goat looking to get rammed in the behind.
  • 1 0
 @DirtbagMatt: I cant afford meth i wasnt born a whiny rich asshat
  • 6 0
 I'm starting to think intense isn't that good of a bike... Dean left and his results are better and gwins and mullays results unfortunately were alot worse. Amaury is only a winning formula I can't see him moving for a looong time.
  • 7 1
 I mean, he did so poorly last season, can't blame him for wanting to switch things up.
  • 6 0
 Rides for Commencal, but advertises for Intense. Intense likes that.
  • 4 0
 There's pics of him on Minnaars bike as well. Must be riding 3 teams then....?
  • 3 0
 You can see the Commencal logo on his pants, come on... Also interesting how his cap casts a shadow in the shape of a fullface in that second photo lol
  • 1 0
 Just remember the past famous Sunn team with Nico and Caro... Max knows how to keep his stars till the end of their carreers. I guess Commençal company is like a family you don't want to leave for any reason. Except maybe a really bad bike? Joke...
  • 2 0
 Would be nice if some one offered me large contract for racing DH, BUT maybe one of the many call I dont answer was just that & I never knew?
  • 3 0
 Why I think that Pink Bike can make a SERIOUS uninteresting article about a LOL subject....
  • 3 0
 The off-season is sad and long.......
  • 1 1
 Amaury Pierron is having fun with this, but could be a way too get what he is worth, but as a racer may not want too piss off any future sponsors, but still funny, hope this does not bite him in the ass?
  • 17 18
 Ha! Photo was taken at Retallack Lodge in September. Amaury was there filming for Five Ten and Todd and a group of us were there riding. Todd was riding Gwin's bike and they were just having a good laugh!
  • 17 2
 I want to downvote you multiple times so no one sees your comment and the asshattery continues unchecked. But I only get one shot. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Plus his trousers still say commencal
  • 1 0
 Can't skip the mandatory "parting ways" post.
  • 1 0
 check the pants. still commencal
  • 1 0
 On performx IG Todd posted Amaury story with "he is a silly bugger"
  • 1 0
 He's also clearly wearing his Commencal branded pants
  • 1 0
 Mitt Romney has @pierredelecto, Amaury Pierron has @lateandsweaty...
  • 1 0
 He needs a new Trainer ?
  • 1 1
 slow news week?
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 I believe this shot was from Snowshoe
  • 1 0
 License plates are B.C. and Washington State, and forest is PNW.
  • 1 0
 Retallack in Sept, he was there filming for 5 10, Todd just happened to be there too.
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