POV Video: Wyn Masters Rips 10 Minutes of DH Track from Pila to Aosta

Sep 9, 2020
by Wyn Masters  


Here's a run down one of my old favourites from when I was was based in Aosta for the race season back in 2010, the "Rientro" track which takes you from Pila Bikepark back down to town in Aosta and descends 1100 meters over 4.7km. It was running rough as it end of bike park season and this is a run on the way home after a big day riding.

Regions in Article
Aosta, Bikepark Pila

Trails in Article
Rientro Pila


29 Comments

  • 13 0
 What amazes me about pro riders is how conposed they are and how well they are using the right riding technique during long runs at warp speed. It's not the shear speed, but the ability to maintain it after getting tired.
  • 3 0
 Training, Practice, practice, practice, it becomes muscle memory. And they are probably much fitter than the average rider.
  • 4 0
 Ah, the amazing "Rientro Pila-Aosta" such a wild and amazing track!
Can't stop laughing at the fact that my PR is around 25 minutes and to do it I was almost dying or going to explode at every turn! ahahahahahha (ok, I may have stopped some times, but still...)

Such a sick run Wyn!!!
  • 5 0
 That's a long sick run back down! Adding Pila to the list of post covid destinations!
  • 3 0
 Make sure you get there during the opening weekend then (usually late June), the trails are sooo much better
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: or after a day of rain!
  • 2 0
 I rode there 12 years ago and that brought back some arm pump memories. You always had to end the day at Pila with a few runs left in you to do this run. The ridge under the gondola and the switchback section are really epic parts. Less 'natural' now than it used to be but not necessarily a bad thing to have it taped and signs for hazards.
  • 3 0
 best trail in the world. is there still a swastika graffitied to the wall of the supermarket at the bottom that nobodies bothered to paint over?!
  • 7 0
 If you ever get to the Dolimites, try Tutti Frutti at Canazei. Definitely an awesome track of similar length with a ridge run start then some brilliant sections through the woods. Pila-Aosta was my fave until I did this track....
  • 2 0
 At least last year. Trail is fantastic. Also La 8 in BSM.
  • 1 0
 Hmmmmm I dont know about that. Maybe its the Shore in me but that track seemed like a smoothed out highway with no steeps, sketchy sections, rock faces etc. The beginning first few sections of most DH courses are kinda smoothed out - seemed like this track was like that the whole way down.
  • 2 0
 @lastminutetech: I think Wyns making it look smooth more than anything. It’s a while since I rode it but I just remember it being epic, not overly steep but just great fun and super long.
  • 1 0
 @oatkinso: ya fair enough! I guess any day on your bike is a good day. Thx
  • 4 0
 What a track! It would take me at least double the time to get down,not counting the stops for changing brake pads.
  • 3 0
 Its a must if you go to Pila. But I prefer the more natural stuff. 22B + Rocky Balboa for a good test of suspension!
  • 2 0
 Has there been a ews in the aosta valley? iv rode a good bit of it and can't help but think it could be a awesome race there.
  • 4 0
 Several in La Thuile
  • 1 0
 @Becciu: ment to say more around the pila area, so many great trails. La thulie is unreal tho!
  • 3 0
 Reminds me of this great video of Adam Brayton :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y0_jDxjlNc
  • 2 0
 He knocked 2 minutes off my best time. Still love this track, even though I broke my arm on it once (not a good trip)!
  • 2 0
 One of, if not my actual, favourite tracks of all time. The last couple of minutes in particular
  • 1 0
 Is it me or did there used to be more lines after he hits that jump with the photographer at 5.22? I seem to remember it staying high on that ridge and splitting into multiple dusty ruts, so much fun everyone racing each other down and then getting funnelled into one exit line ha.
  • 2 0
 Holy Crap that was fast! What a sweet long track. That's a slice of heaven.
  • 2 0
 That’s not Wyn front tire was on the ground the whole time.
  • 1 0
 That's that ledge drop that Ratboy nose-wheelie dropped while cornering. Pretty sure that 50:01 vid was in Pila
  • 2 0
 Wow what a monster run!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for sharing Wyn. That has made my day. Epic.
  • 1 3
 I like watching Wyn but pov to me is just so dull
  • 3 0
 Hiking and filming that track in third person would take 2 weeks.

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