Video: The Learning Process Of A Downhiller With Loic Bruni

Apr 7, 2014
by Dainese  
Views: 38,435    Faves: 299    Comments: 28


In 2012 he won both the Junior World Champs and the Junior World Cup overall title. Despite only stepping up to the Pro ranks of the Elite category in 2013, he ended the season in the top 4 overall, establishing himself as threat to the top spots next season. Soon, the 2014 UCI World Cup is about to kick off and all eyes are on him.



But what does it take to get to the top?

In this video, Loïc tells us a few things he learned since he started racing, blasting down his home track in Saint Maxime France during the off-season.


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64 Comments

  • + 46
 Best pre season vid I've seen so far. Looking fast Loic, good luck this season.
  • + 3
 That kid has the eyebrows of another (I hate to say it) ex World Champ. I think this is his year to start living up to those results. This kid is fast!
  • + 13
 Awesome video Loic! We can't wait for the WC season to start! Go have fun and the results will follow. #proudsponsor
  • + 7
 Loic is gonna smash it this season! At least I hope so as he's one of the main players in my Fatasy league team !
  • + 2
 no he's on my fantasy team. The Poopknucks express is the only fantasy team for him
  • + 3
 He was my secret weapon in last year's DFL. Now he's on par with the Bulldog or Danny Hart!!
  • + 1
 Also please note that name and URL changed this year. And team changes for PMB end tomorrow!
dirtfantasy.dirtmountainbike.com
  • + 2
 im personally not a big fan of the Lapierre racing team, but after seeing this video, im gonna pay a little closer attention to their team this year! and one more thing..... if this doesn't get VOD i will be completely amazed, cause this video should definitely be a contender for VOY
  • + 3
 If it were less of a Dainese ad, I would agree VOY. But definitely worth a VOD, hopefully in the next few days!
  • + 1
 I like loic, I hope he succeeds. Some people may have heard of Wayne Rooney who plays football.. the reason I mention him is the pressure, praise and expectation was too much for him to handle. But I reckon loic is way smarter than shrek.
  • + 9
 Did you just compare a pro downhill racer to a footballer...
  • + 7
 Yep. I compared a young sports star and a young sports star. Or a human and a human if you like. I'm not looking deeply into what they each do with their arms and legs. Just the nature of the human mind. They are both professional athletes are they not?
  • + 1
 But yeah, I kinda knew that response was coming from somewhere. Granted the pressure on loic is far lesser than on rooney, and their respective games are worlds apart, but people are people.
  • + 1
 Rooney lives in a cave
  • + 1
 Lol Big Grin He's Batman!?
  • + 1
 Difference is rooney was never actually world class , he was just told he is enough for him to believe it
  • + 1
 I dont think soccer players and downhillers are comparable. Not just because of the fact that professional soccer is a bit shit to watch and played by prima donnas, but also because DH doesnt have the celebrity status or legions of agents and hangers on who are looking to take advantage. A good DHer will be able to make a decent living. A top soccer player will be able to make a living for hundreds of people. Money changes everything.
  • + 1
 He was world class briefly, before all the pressure and expectation, when he destroyed everyone at that world cup as a teen. But yeah, he never lived up to what people expected of him, maybe money was the problem, maybe a nations expectation. Anyway, humorous is probably right, the galactic difference in pay and general coverage is probably too much to make them comparable. I just like to explore these ideas with people, as humans in any sort of limelight are interesting case studies.
  • + 1
 There is no real pressure on Loic, tobiusmaximum. He's been scouted into the pro's just like any other professional including "soccer" players. If any athlete was the best at the junior level, they give them a few years of slack to catch up to the pro's. This is expected and supposed to happen while these kids grow into their adult bodies. Loic is already 4th with a long future in riding still ahead of him.
  • + 1
 Are you saying there is no real pressure on a world class downhill rider? Someone should tell Greg Minaar to 'relax, there's nothing to it bud'.
  • + 1
 What don't you understand about pro world class athletes? Greg Minaar is approx 32 and has already won 3 championships and has many other bronze and silver besides that. He is relaxed. He has nothing to lose, he has already won everything other than a Red Bull Rampage title. He has no pressure. The "pressure" is on someone between the ages of a Greg Minaar and Loic Bruni who have no big results to date, and are fighting for sponsors to keep them going. Greg Minaar will always have sponsors till the day he dies, riding XC.
  • + 1
 Walk a mile in a mans shoes please, you're trying to claim there is no pressure at the top. Which is a fantasy. Are you at the top of any particular hierachy? And btw, if you're at the top... You have everything to lose. It's only at the bottom that you have nothing to lose. Anyway, let's just agree to disagree.
  • + 1
 Greg Minaar will always have sponsors...... Oh hold on, are you just talking about the pressure to put food on the table/have a sponsor? Because I'm not.
  • + 1
 Tbh, and you might not agree, but the dual nature of life means we are probably both right, but regarding different types of pressure. Whilst Greg has 'no pressure' on him he also has all the other type of pressure. Same for those at the bottom, no pressure and all the pressure. Let's define pressure, because the most obvious are internal and external. Roger Federer was the best tennis player in the world for years, and whilst granted he may have seemed relaxed with the world at is feet, there is massive pressure to stay where he was, at the top. This became apparent to the viewer when him being at the top suddenly came into question. When you're at the top, what is there to gain? That's the same as everything to lose. A wise man once said that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. Minaar was probably a poor example because he seems like a roger federer. And granted, downhillers don't get paid shit by comparison so the fun level is higher and the stakes (financially and mentally) are lower but nonetheless, humans be humans and if there was no pressure at the top we'd all be there. Anyway, I don't want to argue so I'm not gonna use phrases like what don't you understand, (although I have been guilty of this) I just like exploring the idea and hearing other valid points of view. Like yours. Ie: you make a valid point about minaar probably having the least of a certain type of pressure, federer certainly became a self fulfilling prophecy by knowing he was the best. But some of you may have watched that 'knowing' dwindle and fall apart. Sam Hill is a better example, seems relaxed? Mark my words there is enormous pressure on sam considering he was considered hands down the best in the world at one point. We all have a unique perspective on reality.
  • + 1
 I should not have said "What don't you understand". My bad. I appreciate the opinion of PB comments as well, it's my choice of bike education (it may be wrong). Yes, pressure is different for everybody. I just see it as food and the need to complement ones career with accolades (time is needed for this if they have not been won already). I don't feel the desire to keep piling up the awards is pressure, it's just trying to make the best out of a good situation. And someone predicted to be a world champ one day may think they have pressure because of high expectations. But they are really just lucky to have the opportunity. I don't see how being on "top" would change my opinion of what pressure is.
  • + 3
 Good luck to you this season you little Podium-Boy Smile
  • + 1
 Good to see Dainese coming back to developing new MTB armour! Best protection in the business - Bruno surely has to take a win this year!
  • + 3
 @0:08 don't you see a Greg Minnaar in the late 90's or early 2000s ?
  • + 1
 ha ha ha Razz
  • + 3
 There definitely is a bright and dark side to downhill. I love downhill.
  • + 1
 He will be a force to be reconed wit, he will win some races this year, I would bet on it...............
  • + 3
 FOKIN MENTAL!
  • + 2
 I can't wait for him to slay the field this year Big Grin
  • + 1
 the protege of nico and blenki, its only a matter of time before hes number 1
  • + 2
 Well, that's basically a really nice Dainese commercial Smile
  • + 2
 it's a really nice loic commercial
  • + 3
 You're both right, awesome dainese ad starring loic!
  • + 1
 I assumed that downhillers must enjoy the taste of dirt and scent of cedar..
  • + 1
 He looks about 45 in that picture...
  • + 1
 I feel like ive seen this dude in so many porno's
  • + 1
 I need this song what is it?
  • + 2
 Here's the songhttps://m.soundcloud.com/nutype-2/in-a-silent-way-wave-video
  • + 1
 Thank you god.
  • + 2
 song tho??!!
  • + 1
 this is fresh great footage makes me want to go and play.
  • + 1
 Hmmm... Bruni or Bulldog for my fantasy team?
  • + 0
 are you dumb?
  • + 2
 I like the Bulldog alot , but I think the competition is too high for him this season. U guys can neg prop but i'll throw money on that. Everyone has been training so freakin hard alot of people are gonna get left behind....
  • + 2
 Sorry to be dim, I know who brendog is, but who is bulldog?
  • + 3
 Brook
  • + 1
 none of us can make accurate predictions unless we know these guys and exactly what they've been doing, but it seemed like in brook's video made him seem like he was still fighting that injury
  • + 1
 Thats kind of what I got out of the film too which is partially how I came to that conclusion
  • + 1
 since when do guys in the WC circuit wear a body armor ?? LOL
  • + 1
 Since they have to make commercials for their sponsors. Pretty sure he doesn't use it when racing
  • + 4
 lol Redburn, even if someone wears body armor, does it fu"king bothers you, that`s not a index for pro or not! Dumb azz, then maybe don`t use helmet, so you can be a super pro...
  • + 1
 Frenchs actualy does
  • + 1
 Wearing Armour/Protection is mandatory for some races because of Country/Province rules such as in Quebec at MSA.
  • + 1
 brosnan says he wears it for all WC races, was in an aussie magazine interview
  • + 1
 His dad was a pro moto racer , it's in the blood.
  • + 0
 Cool it was shot in the St Maxime downhill trail. 40min drive from home.
  • + 0
 And then I watched it. Oh god. Wonderful video.
  • + 1
 BAD ASS
  • + 1
 As was ratboys dad.

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