Getting to Know Lisandru Bertini, the Lapierre-Zipp Collective's Rider to Watch

Apr 5, 2021
by Matt Wragg  

Lisandru Bertini
If you race enduro outside France or Corsica, Lisandru Bertini is probably not a name that will mean too much for to you. Google certainly won't help you much, as it thinks you are looking for Alessandro. But his is a name you should probably remember as this year he signed for the Lapierre-Zipp Collective. It is Adrien Dailly that met him at the races and pushed to have him brought onto the team. In his words, "He has almost the same experience as me in mountain bike at just 17 years old, I can’t teach him much as he is already good better than me soon! He has raced enduro since he was really young and his generation is going to be really fast, watch out!! He doesn't only ride an enduro bike either, he’s good at everything, he’s fast on a road bike, XC bike, he has so much skill in enduro, jumping... everywhere. He's impressive!" Alongside Adrien on the team is none other than DH legend Nico Vouilloz. Young riders who have worked with Nico in the early part of their career have a history of doing quite well, you might have heard of Loic Bruni, Loris Vergier, Adrien Dailly or Thibault Daprela? So yeah, Lisandru is probably one to keep an eye on in the next few years.

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

Where are you from and where do you live?

I’m from Zonza in Corsica and I live in Nice for the biking, I am studying sport at the Don Bosco lyceum.

Who do you ride for?

I ride for Lapierre Zipp Collective as of this year. I’m so happy to be part of this beautiful family! Thanks a lot team!

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me is to wake up not too early haha, have a good breakfast and go ride, sometimes shuttles, sometimes intervals, it depends on the programme.

How did you get into mountain biking and racing?

I began to ride XC at the age of 4. My dad rode when he was young and he got me into mountain biking. I have raced enduro for 5 years now. I started in our local races here in Corisca and then went to the enduro kid races over on the mainland after.

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

What are your strengths?

My strengths are that I am determined, committed and I want to do things well.

What are your weaknesses?

My weakness is that I’m a little lazy.

What’s been the worse crash you've had?

My worst crash was in Ollargues in 2019 at the French Cup. I crashed on the third stage, I think, I opened my knee up and had a big haematoma, but I continued and finished the race.

Where’s your favorite place to ride?

My favorite place to ride is Corsica for sure haha, but around Nice I like Blausasc.

Sospel France Photo by Matt Wragg

What bikes are you riding right now?

At the moment I have my Lapierre Spicy and GLP2 eMTB. They're such great bikes.

Who or what inspires you?

I don't necessarily have any inspiration, I learn from all the people around me.

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?

I enjoy chilling at the river or swimming pool when the weather is good - I need to be with my friends so we can laugh together.

What do you do to rest and recover after a race?

After a race, I go to Mc Donalds and just sleep all the next day! I then go for a little recovery ride two days after the race.

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into racing?

If I had any advice for someone who wants to start racing I would tell them to stay determined, do their best, and try to enjoy it.

How do you get focused before a race?

I’m pretty relaxed before a race. The pressure build a bit the morning of the race but after one pedal stroke, I’m good. To get focused I cut off myself from the world and stay in my bubble on the start line.

Lapierre Team Camp 2021. Mandelieu France Photo by Matt Wragg

Where do you think the future of racing is headed?

I think the future of racing is ebike races. People are more and more lazy and the ebike is easy for everyone. It’s the future.


  • 113 24
 Ebike racing is the future? this kid knows nothing.
  • 14 4
 Sorry I meant to give you an upvote but I accidentally clicked the downvote button Frown sorry about that
  • 10 0
 @filthyphill: jesus so did i hate when that happens
  • 5 7
 @mobiller: same problem, aaannnd I'm just to lazy to fix it
  • 3 0
 What sort of bike do brands win the most money with? E bikes. So they will give more money for e bike racers. I also find it sad, but it is logic.
  • 5 5
 This kid is smarter than you apparently. Ebikes will definitely outnumber normal bikes, because they have much broader client base. Companies use racing to advertise their product and their brands. Money will always follow customers. Simple as that. This is the reason lot's of riders dislike ebikes, they subconsciously know that eventually normal bikes will become a niche thing.
  • 2 1
 @lkubica: When I started 10 years ago DH Bikes outnumber all othe bikes, look at DH sales now..I think one of the big factors is how reliable Mopeds are, I think most of them won't spent another 10k for a new bike because the battery died after 2 years
  • 6 0
 @lkubica: Serious bikes are a niche as it is. Most people ride wallmart junk. They'll just switch to e-junk.
  • 6 0
 @lkubica: Client base you mention is for sure not future of racing of any kind, they are in the e-moped-game just for comfort, racing is going waaay out of comfort zone, so no racers are coming from comfort seeking crowd....

You can look at DH bikes - sales is probably quite low these days - but DH racing is popular more than ever.
  • 1 1
 @onyxss: DH racing is another story. DH does not need ebikes and DH racing is a TV friendly format, so it is entertaining for almost everyone.
We are talking enduro here. Think of ebikes as of downhill bikes with their own lifts. Imagine that lifts are literally everywhere, the sales of DH bikes would outgrow enduro, because most people just want to have fun, they do not want to suffer on climbs. I am not talking commuters, just guys who know how to ride, maybe not hardocre riders, but mtb riders for sure. Simply customers for enduro bikes.
Imagine you are bike manufacturer, your enduro ebikes are selling like crazy, why would you invest in classic enduro racing, when you could invest in ebike racing? The moment when enduro ebikes will outsell classic bikes, will also be the moment when more money will flow to ebike racing.
Currently, the only thing holding ebikes is price. I have no idea how long will it take, but eventually enduro ebike prices will go down to acceptable levels.
  • 4 0
 "Think of e-bikes as of downhill bikes with their own lifts"
I could believe them to be magical unicorns if I wanted to, but they're not and will never be.
  • 2 0
 @lkubica: Enduro racing is currently already running and it is not very TV friendly - thats why DH racing is still way more popular to watch and thats why bike companies are (still) throwing money to DH racing.
DH racing is selling classic enduro bikes. Like Subaru Impreza WRX (was) selling other Subaru models Smile

Enduro-e-mopeds will not make Enduro racing format any more TV friendly. There are already e-moped-something race formats and leagues happening, but nobody outside very specialized e-community doesn't give a sh*t about them. And comfort-seeking middle-aged men will not change that. Viewers don't really care how DH racers or Enduro racers come to start line.... Big Grin
Companies will pay Danny Harts to ride their bike that will sell other models (not DH), they will not pay Joe Nothing in some obscure e-moped leagues because Joe Nothing is not selling any additional e-mopeds...
  • 2 2
 @onyxss: enduro is tv freindly? You mean those 25 minute videos published 2 days after results? You must be kidding.
Racing on EWS level is effectively 95% sponsored by companies so they decide where to put money. They use it purely for advertising. If they will make more money from ebikes, they will advertise towards ebikers, simple as that.
Let's talk in 10 years time, we shall see who is right.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: "Enduro racing is currently already running and it is not very TV friendly" ->
"enduro is tv freindly? You mean those 25 minute videos published 2 days after results? You must be kidding."
reading comprehension -1
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Maby he knows something about the future, but its sad.
  • 34 0
 Strengths: determined, committed, and I want to do things well
Weaknesses: A little lazy

The man might be conflicted but he can ride a bike.
  • 3 0
 i should go more often to micky dees when i can ride my bike like he does after that
  • 8 0
 This kid is studying "Sports". Not exactly the bastion of Deep Thinkers.
Besides, he's only 17! Im sure this lad will have his share of epiphanies as he grows up.
  • 7 0
 The "man" is 17. He's a kid for petes sake, cut him some slack.
  • 25 1
 How would your answers look if I interviewed you in French? He's young and writing in a second language, not an easy thing to do. If you look back at the great French riders many of them barely spoke English at that age, while his English is already decent.
  • 2 0
 @mattwragg: Sorry, my original post wasn't intended to be condescending in any way. The dude rips, it's obvious, I just thought the contradiction was funny. Keep up the good work, both of you! Peace!
  • 23 2
 “ the future of racing is ebike races. People are more and more lazy and the ebike is easy” And this is the honest truth. All those people 2 years ago claiming it was to be inclusive towards the disabled can stuff it. It was always about this end. I assure you technology breeds laziness. /end rant. Off on my 80s rigid Bridgestone to shred the light greens.
  • 7 1
 if any of us said that we'd be downvoted into oblivion. but some kid calls everyone lazy and nobody bats an eyelid. .
  • 4 0
 It seems to me like for the most new Moped riders riding mtb ist more like a day in a themepak were you dont't need any skills and have a low risk. But I doub't this will be the future of racing
  • 15 1
 Lisandru is right. Injuries and old age aside, E bikes are the future for lazy people.

I was riding a climb the other day and going pretty well. A very overweight bloke at least 10 years younger than me on an E bike passed, without even being out of breath. As he passed, he commented "It hardly seems fair, does it?"

It's totally fair. In ten years time, I'll be 60 and still riding my bike. He will likely have had a heart attack or two and not been on a bike in years.

You only get out what you put in. This rule applies to everything.
  • 4 0
 Have it made into a t-shirt on the back please
  • 11 0
 Dude gave the most awesomely teenage answers to the questions. Good to see he's enjoying that time of his life where he can rip and recovery requires nothing more than XBox and Mickey D's.
  • 10 2
 Happy for him that he is talented and well surrounded, but let's be honest he had nothing to say.
  • 12 1
 Neither did I when I was 17 lol
  • 10 1
 He's young and doing this in a second language, that's pretty impressive in my book.
  • 8 0
 those are the most 80's jeans I've seen since the 80's
  • 2 0
 don´t cross fashion styles over continents. Come to "Yeurope", and you won´t understand anything... america is so flat and boring comparing to the diversity we have here... booth over the land and peoples mind...
  • 7 0
 Damn kids
  • 2 0
 Tough crowd here on PB... I'd say this interview represents a better part of the upcoming pro/semi-pro racing scene, but I feel like that's something the PB crowd could never accept. Big kudos to Lisandru for keeping it real; it's often that laid back/ice-in veins vibe is what gives winning riders their edge!
  • 1 0
 I wonder were he rides. My Dad has a house in Lecci which is the exact same area and i have been trying to find good trails there for 2 decades now. I havent had much success, usually its all overgrown with macchía, only the end of "Mare a Mare" is decent although partly unrideable.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg Can you tell me where the trail is you shot the pictures ? Would be great as i have been trying to find good trails near Zonza (Porto Vecchio) for 2 decades now and havent had much luck yet. Thx
  • 2 0
 Mandelieu DH track. Wink

Lisandru was telling me that there are some good tracks on the island and a bikepark, apparently. I've on;y ever been to Corsica for work with roadies so have no idea about the riding.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: Thx, it looked a lot like Corsica so i had hope. I saw on google maps that there is something like "Bavella-Bikepark" now, will check out in summer.
  • 3 0
 Are thes Jeans in the last picture or worn out Fox Racing trousers?
  • 1 0
 I don't think eBikes will ever replace real bikes, but eBikes will still be something.
  • 7 0
 A signpost in the history annals that as a civilization we had the perfect device and then screwed it over to make life easy and environmental impact worse during humanities passing?
  • 5 0
 @FoesKnows: “mankind created a beautiful machine that utilized mechanical advantage to propel it cleanly while also providing excellent physical exercise for the rider. Then some marketing wiz said, ‘people are lazy, let’s put a motor in this bad boy. Bet we’ll sell the shit out of them.’”
  • 1 0
 YUP!!! Thats because it takes a couple of days to recover after eating McDonalds!!! So gross!! To each their own though.
  • 1 2
 Dry interview. Usually for a "get to know him" article I would expect that there would at least be something interesting to know. Very average, uninspired young bike racer answers.
  • 1 0
 @FoesKnows oh I am in complete agreement with you on that.
  • 1 0
 I think you all got trolled by a 17-year-old kid.
  • 1 0
 This shot of him exiting the corner!!! WOW
  • 1 1
 Haven't heard about lapierre since they ended their dh team
  • 2 0
 You never heard of Dailly?
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: yeh but not as big as a name of the dh riders

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