5 Reasons 2014 Will Be a Big Year for Loïc Bruni

Loïc Bruni performs at the Skyline Queenstown Bike Park in New Zealand on January 29, 2014.
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Bruni, the newest member of the Red Bull MTB family, is primed for a killer season in 2014.

Here are five reasons why:

1. He’s Fast

Of course that goes without saying, but the 19 year old from Nice is an incredible talent. In 2012, he won not only the Junior World Champs but also the Junior World Cup overall title. He finished fourth in Val di Sole last season before topping things off with a second place behind Stevie Smith at Leogang.

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2. He’s French

In the 1990s and the early part of this century, the French really stamped their authority over the golden period of DH racing.

Nico Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson dominated pretty much every weekend and Fabien Barel claimed two sets of rainbow stripes, including a famous home win in Les Gets.

Despite some fast female riders, France have yet to find that dominating figurehead -- Loïc is their best bet in a long time. Oh, and he's on a French bike too...

3. He’s On Big Wheels

The Lapierre Gravity Republic team was one of the few World Cup outfits to run and stick with 650B wheels throughout last year's campaign.

We predict that 2014 will be the year that the rest follow suit and a glut of big names go to the new size. Anyone who's already spent a year getting used to them will be sitting pretty...

Loïc Bruni performs at the Skyline Queenstown Bike Park in New Zealand on January 29, 2014.
Loïc Bruni shreds Skyline Bike Park in Queenstown© Miles Holden/Red Bull Content Pool

4. He’s Old School

Last year saw Lapierre premiere Life On Wheels, a feature-length documentary following the highs and lows of a World Cup campaign. The atmosphere in the team was completely chilled out, with Loïc clearly enjoying travelling the world with his teammates.

It was a light-hearted, youthful exuberance previously unseen in Vouilloz, Barel or even Damien Spagnolo. If Loïc can come within 1.3 seconds of a win with a smile plastered across his face, he's not in a bad place.

5. He’s Got Pedigree

Loïc's father, Jean-Pierre, is a legend in French mountain biking, having raced and won international and domestic titles. He's synonymous with both the Megavalanche and the Avalanche Cup race so he's fairly handy on a bike...

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