If we are to be shaped by the environment we grow up in, then surely this will be reflected in the way we ride our bikes. And while many of the rules that apply elsewhere in this sport do little to affect the world of freeriding, environmental circumstances more often than not do, not only molding the rider, but how they interpret the trails and the landscape they call home. Vincent Tupin, or Vinny T as many of us have become accustomed to, is one such rider whose alpine home and love of creativity and freedom has done exactly that. Ripping high alpine descents at speed before throwing his bike sideways, upside down and just about anywhere he sees fit, puts this young and highly engaging Frenchman on the radar of anyone who loves to watch true freeriding in its natural habitat... Who is Vincent Tupin?
My name is Vincent Tupin, but my friends call me Vinny or Vinny T. I'm 21 years old and I ride bikes Where are you from and where do you live?
I'm from Evian in France, which is near the Swiss border in the French Alps. Who do you ride for?
I ride for Scott, Syncros, Châtel, Five Ten, MTB Morzine Beds, Mozartt Components and Hope Tech. Where are you happiest?
I think that when it comes down to it, I’m happiest at home. I’m fortunate enough to live next to some really good riding. I love the feeling of summer in the local bike parks and then autumn on the local tracks. That being said, I’m also happy when traveling.
What are your weaknesses? What’s been your favourite race/contest venue?
I really enjoyed the Chatel Mountain style back in 2012. Nowadays, I really enjoy the FEST Series. Where are your favourite trails?
My favorite trails are definitely around my hometown. Between the trails in France and those in neighboring Switzerland, there isn’t much more to ask for. I also love to ride in Les Vosges with my good friend Eliott. Otherwise, there some places in Canada where I was able to ride last summer like Retallack and the Coast Gravity Park. Utah was also rad! What are your strengths?
I have a great structure of people around me, in particular my friends. They have helped push my riding.
I actually don’t like riding roots that much! My friends always make fun of me about this... What’s been your worst crash over the years?
I’ve had some big crashes over the years and fortunately not leading to any big injuries. The worst was in Belgium at a FEST Series comp 2-years ago… I came up too short on the last jump and went straight over the bars and pretty hard too! What’s been your luckiest escape?
Man, there have been so many. I feel like I have a lucky escape during every session! Which bike from over the years, conjures up the best memories?
It has to be the Scott Gambler. I’ve been riding it for three years now and it has definitely served me well. What bikes are you riding right now?
I run the Scott Voltage YZ for dirt jumps, the Scott Voltage FR for freeride and bike parks and of course, the Scott Gambler for downhill and the FEST Series. Who’s your favourite rider?
I’ve got a few! Nico Vink, Brendog, R-dog, Andreu Lacondeguy, Semenuk and Dennis Ennarson. Who or what inspires you?
I am definitely inspired by my close friends and I’m constantly learning from them. I also watch a lot of videos to gain inspiration from others. What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
I really enjoy building new trails, going out with my friends and skiing during the winter months. We can always find something cool to do.
What’s your favourite motto or saying? What are you listening to right now?
Mostly rock and Hip-Hop. What’s your favourite movie or TV show?
I don't watch too many movies or TV. When I have some free time, I much prefer to go outside and do something else. What’s your favourite non-bike website?
I don’t really have one, but when someone does something wild in front of me on a bike, I tend to say something odd! What grinds your gears?
I hate when my mechanic skills aren’t up to scratch! What makes you happy?
Just a good day on the bike with my buddies, nothing less, nothing more! If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
I don’t know, but it would have to be bike related though! If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I’d try to build more bike parks! Good ones too… When you hang up your riding shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
As nice person who was happy to help out others. I hope the videos we make with Shaperideshoot will be remembered! What does the future hold for Vincent Tupin?
I just want to keep doing what I’m doing!