Loïc Bruni may just be only 19 but the charismatic Frenchman has sure packed a lot into his racing career already.
The Nice-born rider has been racing on the World Cup circuit since the age of 17 and has not looked out of place among the world’s elite in the three seasons he has competed in, two of those as a junior.
Loïc is almost predisposed to be a great rider. His father Jean-Pierre was a pioneer of mountain biking in France in the 1990s. With such a background it is no surprise that Loic took to riding mountain bikes very early. At 10, he competed in his first mountain bike race in the French MOM Avalanche series and by 13, he was a regular competitor at regional enduro races.
Downhill racing came calling at 15 with Loïc putting in some impressive results in the French National series. The management team at Lapierre Gravity Republic liked what they saw and signed him up to ride for them as a junior.
Lapierre Gravity Republic took a punt on blooding the young Loïc on the World Cup circuit in 2011 but “Brownie” repaid that faith almost straight away with a superb 14th place at Windham.
Windham is a particular favourite track of Loïc’s. His best World Cup result in 2012 came at the American track where he placed 5th. The 2012 season also saw regular finishes inside the top 20 and a Junior World Championship title followed.
In 2013 and now no longer a junior, Loïc showed he had the pace to compete for podiums with a 4th place at Val di Sole and a 2nd place at Leogang. These results helped him place 4th overall for the World Cup season and outperform his good friend, idol and Lapierre teammate Sam Blenkinsop. He also came first in the French Nationals and is now considered France’s number one downhill rider.
There’s definitely more to come from Loïc. A World Cup win will no doubt be his major aim for 2014 as will finishing consistently inside the top 10.
Follow Loïc Bruni’s progress at the 2014 DH World Cup throughout this season on redbull.com/bike.