Amaury Pierron & Marine Cabirou Win Brioude DH Cup

Mar 5, 2019 at 4:39
by James Smurthwaite  
Photo by Kifcat

Photos: Martin Turner(@Kif Cat)

A glut of French World Cup riders turned out for the first French national round of the year in Brioude. The Pierron clan grew up riding on these trails and it clearly paid dividends with Amaury taking first place and Antoine fifth in the men's race. Marine Cabirou got to have a first proper shakedown of her Scott downhill bike and ended up seven seconds clear in the women's field.

Photo by Kifcat
Amaury's younger brother Antoine was looking rapid all weekend and finished on the podium.

The track was a fast, flowy, sub-2 minute blast. There's a preview from another rider here:

Pierron pulled out an impressive 2 second margin over the short track over World Cup regulars including Benoit Coulanges, Florent Payet and Thomas Estaque. Even with Bruni and Vergier missing, this was an impressively stacked field of riders and a reminder that the French will be flying again by the time the first World Cup round comes around.

Photo by Kifcat
Emile Rilat will race for Team Dorval AM as a junior on the World Cup circuit but was mixing it up in seniors at Brioude

Photo by Kifcat
Salazar charging out of the start hut


1. Amaury Pierron - 1:34.808
2. Benoît Coulanges +2.388
3. Florent Payet +2.550
4. Thomas Estaque +3.535
5. Antoine Pierron +3.682
1. Marine Cabirou - 1:48.431
2. Mariana Salazar +7.009
3. Melanie Chappaz +10.442
4. Mathilde Bernhard +14.916
5. Lauryne Chappaz +15.847

Photo by Kifcat
Bruce Klein was over form the US to race with his Commencal team mates.

Full results.

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  • 25 2
 Amaury is getting suspiciously close to wearing spandex
  • 12 0
 Like bruni and finn ....
  • 13 2
 @MisterJones: I think there may be a correlation between tight clothing and high speed... high end sports teams should look into this anomaly!
  • 1 2
 What's that air drag coefficient equation? He's definitely going over 20km/h and increases the coefficient. By wearing tighter fitting apparel, there is a decrease in surface resistance/drag and that has a negligible difference, I mean look at roadies
  • 4 0
 @endurogan: I remember a video on GMBN where they test spandex... and it was surprising faster even on trails
  • 25 2
 Yeah, Marine!
  • 17 0
 Marine, Mariana, Melanie, Mathilde
  • 6 2
 All I know is we are in for a good WC DH Season if Pierron is race fit and ready to go, I am really excited for the 1029 season!
  • 22 0
 Because he goes so fast that he will travel back in time?
  • 34 0
 Placing my money on Aristotle
  • 1 1
 "I'd like to thank 8lb 6oz baby Jesus...wait, not here. Missed it by another thousand years."
  • 1 0
 @djyosh: LOL, thanks ... did not pic up on the typo, will edit and correct!
  • 1 0
  • 5 1
 Are we allowed to talk about skin suits now that racers have started wearing them again?
  • 1 0
 Boxxer Ultimate on Amaury's bike. According to Yoann Barelli on IG, the Lyrik Ult. has a better damper, so we should see the same for boxxer. Still the 35mm stanchions though, but I guess it makes sense, since they released new lowers for 2019, so no point redesignign the fork a year later.
  • 6 2
 Ça promet pour la saison ! Go Amaury, go les Frenchies !!!
  • 4 0
 That Demo looks so tiny!
  • 3 0
 I came here for the new Gambler and now I’m sad
  • 2 0

Crazy PAUL :
  • 4 1
 AP is on fire.
  • 4 0
 AP is "still" on fire!
  • 9 0
 So hot right now
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Looks like to be on the female podium you have to have a name that starts with an M
  • 1 0
 No disrespect to the rest of the pro field, but that's not exactly what I would call a stacked field.
  • 2 1
 See if you can spot the similarity in EVERY picture Razz .
  • 1 0
 On Commencal bikes
  • 1 0
 Best looking bike on the market right now in my opinion. And rides great too, it seems like...
  • 1 0
 Dylan, Get well soon! A speedy and complete recovery for you!
  • 1 0
 Great season ahead!!
  • 1 0
 On Enve’s...
  • 1 1
 "Antoine was looking rapid..."

somebody is trying to get too creative

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