“At the last minute I was like, ‘I’m not ready'”
These are not the words you expect to hear out of a four time elite world champion, describing the morning of his World Cup final’s race. But it where Loic Bruni was at as he went through his morning routine at Snowshoe, W.Va.
Despite having won a third consecutive world championships title a week earlier in Mont-Sainte-Anne, the French rider was still feeling the pressure. While Bruni has a closet full of rainbow jerseys, he had yet to win the coveted World Cup downhill overall title.
Going into the final round at Snowshoe, Bruni was locked in an incredibly close points battle with fellow Frenchman, Amaury Pierron. Together, the two had dominated the 2019 World Cup series. The two accounted for the winning run at every round, with the exception of Laurie Greenland’s win at Val di Sole.
The pressure was immense for both athletes, who are both competitors between the tape and friends after the finish line.
In Becoming an MTB Champion Bruni leads viewers through the mental and physical challenges he faced during the World Cup final at Snowshoe, W. Va. And what the emotional win means to a rider who already has had so much success on the international stage.
What does it take to become a champion in downhill mountain biking? Who better than Loic Bruni to give the full story