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Video: Amaury Pierron’s Winning POV from the Lenzerheide DH World Cup 2022

Jul 11, 2022 at 3:14
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesAmaury Pierron could not have asked for more from during the weekend’s racing in Lenzerheide. The Frenchman was the fastest qualifier for the men’s race and found even more speed in his finals run to take the win. That’s now three victories out of the four downhill World Cup rounds (Lourdes, Fort William and Lenzerheide) that have taken place this season.Red Bull Bike


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  • 92 1
 Gotta feel for Finn but no-one is beating an on-form Pierrion.
  • 32 0
 Finn run should be hot !! That scrubb..
  • 27 2
 Interesting to see that both Finn and Amaury are both looking like some of the most muscular guys out there and their performance seems to track their physical condition.

Strong upper body in something Like dh would be critical allowing you to muscle through or throw over things that physically weaker people can’t… or at least without having to dig deep when they are tired.

Also reflects commitment to conditioning regardless good to see the talented guys clearly putting in work and getting results
  • 9 0
 @Mikevdv: Finn said he had been doing a bunch of sledding in the winter, that is one hell of a workout!
  • 4 2
 @Mikevdv: haha and minaar looks the opposite
  • 13 0
 @Bomadics: I'm american and only know that sledding means snowmobile'ing because I watch Letterkenny, haha.
  • 19 0
 @Korbi777: Minaar is interesting because he is a completely different approach from a lot of pros. I once heard an interview with him where he basically said "I don't do big sets at the gym like the other guys, I focus more on mobility and stability". I think I also heard he runs a larger bike and wider bars, but do't quote me on that.

To me it sounds like he knows that at 40 he can't out muscle a 25 year old, but he has been racing WC since they were little kids, so he is focusing on being smooth and controlled.
  • 4 1
 @Mikevdv: having a strong upper body also allows you to run a stiffer suspension up front and not end up as fatigued as a result.
Also look at BMX racers and Track Sprinters those guys are monsters and DH from a physical standpoint is a more "endurance" form of those sports with rocks and roots thrown in the mix. Unlike a lot of other cycling disciplines where it's all about your watts to kilos ratio. Extra kilos don't hurt in DH, especially if those kilos are from muscle.
Look at Richie Rude, he's built like a collegiate wrestler.
  • 12 1
 @4thflowkage: The Tom Brady of DH
  • 7 0
 @Mikevdv: Mind you Amaury is 5'10”, Finn is 5'11". Off the top of my head, guys like Brook Macdonald and Mick Hannah are easily more muscular. Shit, Brook is like 5'6" and weighs just about the same as Amaury (if the internet is to be trusted).

If there's any gift Amaury has over the rest of the field, it probably isn't fitness- they're all crazy athletic by now. However, that fitness combined with a very long wingspan (as far as I can tell) and inseam seems to be giving him a bit more "body suspension" than other guys around his height.
  • 7 0
 @mtbneill: Snowmobiling is what flatlanders do, riding groomed trails from pub to pub, sledding is the same as freeriding, Powder to the People!
  • 1 0
 @4thflowkage: i think thats correct
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: his suspension is run much stiffer than most, and he's strong enough to handle it. His bike never gets hung up in the bomb holes that other riders struggle with....
  • 8 0
 Finn only had 10 rides on his new proto-Spesh....pretty good outing I'd say. Amaury has had his bike dialed in all year. But yes - Amaury is near unbeatable when he's ON.
  • 1 0
 @harryhood: the extra kgs don't slow you down, although they can hurt the bike. Definitely a balance, I do think a taller rider can use their length and mobility to smooth out more but it would be easier for them to start breaking stuff if they focus on strength.
A smaller rider can put on percentagely more mass without starting to reach material limits. Definitely think you need to play to your strengths
  • 3 0
 @Bomadics: Sledding is fun till you get stuck. THEN the workout begins lol.
  • 1 0
 @cmcc: Yes, I was very good at getting stuck when I first tried it, you learn tricks quickly!
  • 1 2
 I feel for Dak He would had won it i bet.
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 @ryanandrewrogers: Mind you Amaury is 5'10”, Finn is 5'11"...

Really? Man I struggle to believe Amaury is 5'10", I thought he was way taller. I do believe that he absolutely throws down in the gym though. He looks like someone who has a naturally slender build who has turned themselves into a monster. Particularly since his injuries it seems like he's built back stronger than ever.
  • 1 0
 @wingguy: Honestly, when I saw his height listed I had to do a triple take. He's definitely gotten pretty yoked and very, very lean, dude has the body fat index of a triathlete. I think he simply appears taller because of that naturally slender long-limbed build. I gotta find out this guy's ape index I bet it's crazy, he looks built to speed-climb
  • 1 0
 @jokermtb: on his insta, he said hes been riding it for 3 weeks
  • 1 0
 @Mikevdv: i was thinking that Finn is starting to look and ride a lot like loic.
  • 39 2
 Let me say this with the words of Nino Schurter:"Du bist nicht normal! "
That was fast. Really tricky with the light conditions.
  • 2 0
 Du bisch nüüüüd normal
  • 17 0
 The most committed rider in DH right now
  • 9 0
 His video finishes are the best. "Yes! Yes!"
  • 3 1
 Followed by: "Again, again, again".
  • 7 0
 The taping of this track is driving me bananas. There's a corner with a pole at the apex. That one area just before the finish makes me want to throw up.
  • 7 0
 Would love to see some telemetry with the POV. His average speed must be insane!
  • 30 0
 Close to 53.9 kmh / 33.5mph on average for a track length of 2.5km (according to the event home page bikekingdom.ch)
  • 11 0
 @ullsen: Cheers for that info! That is incredible speed!
  • 6 0
 @Istillneedstabilisers: Yeah, insane. Hard to find accurate info on the track (DH pros don't use Strava I guess). 2.2km length (quoted in the pinkbike primer article) would still mean over 47 km/h average. Nuts.
  • 1 0
 @ullsen: that is so nuts, I don't think I'd average that on A-line, nvm a proper DH track....
  • 3 0
 @tvan5: If you went that fast on A-line I'm pretty sure you'd be landing 10 feet past the tranny on every jump lol
  • 8 0
 Amaury is a beast
  • 3 0
 AMAZING - he uses ALL THE TRACK, and he's strong enough to use that super stiff suspension to go fast....an unbeatable combination! spectacular
  • 5 0
 HE IS ON A TEAR! Respect to FIN... gutted for DAKOTA.
  • 5 1
 2:16 Deathgrip in the rock garden !!! he knows something we don't
  • 3 1
 Thanks for pointing that out. That is wild!
  • 1 0
 Good find... just his left hand. Do frenchies ride with back brake on the left then?
  • 1 0
 @tvan5: Nah, we ride with the back brake on the right.
  • 1 0
 @tvan5: We do, but we're strange. Every time I rent in Whistler I have to get them to swap the brakes around.
  • 4 0
 that is seriously impressive, so much flow at warp speed
  • 4 0
 the man is on fire at the moment unstoppable
  • 4 1
 Quite possibly looking at a future GOAT
  • 1 2
 Why wait! such a joy to watch
  • 2 2
 @jokermtb: Because GOAT stands for Greatest Of All Time. Amaury has won nine WCs and no World Champs. Compare that with Minnaar, who has won 22 WCs and 4 World Champs. By definition there can only be one GOAT, so that's why.
  • 1 0
 :03...what front tire is this? Neither Magic Mary nor Eddy Current...almost looks like their love child
  • 6 0
 It's a normal Magic Mary pattern
  • 1 0
 Great run, so pinned.
Good on Finn, he also had a great run but the respect for Amaury’s run was awesome.
  • 1 0
 Funking amazing the way Amaury links up all the best line choices! A great win on an awesome track!
  • 1 0
 are we sure that video isnt sped up!! I had to check the youtube settings twice because that is wild speed!
  • 1 0
 The guy is insanely fast what else can you say! Gonna be a legend no doubt about it
  • 1 0
 That headline has ruined the replay for me. Should have stayed well clear.
  • 2 0
 Legend
  • 1 0
 Dude is from another world
  • 1 0
 thats a huuge gap at 1:07
  • 1 0
 Amaury the Animal.
  • 1 0
 Jesus...
  • 1 0
 All Hail Jean Girard \m/
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