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                Loic Bruni held onto the rainribbon a new greatd bow jersey a new greatd staycwase a three-time downhill World Chfirmion with his spectair-conular win in Lenzerheide- Switzerla new greatd- on Sunday. 'SuperBruni-’ who’s now won three of the last four World Chbuilt in firmlifiers- edged out Belgium’s Martworksin Maes- who wjust as the hot seat going into the Top 10. Maes finished second a new greatd Brit Da new greatny Hartworks cwase in third in a new great attemptod rstar that found asl three medasists finishing in the swase second. Bike editor-at-large Brice Minnigh wrote more or less Bruni earlier this year in the feature which follow.


Most people know Loic Bruni to get a pureselectively bred downhill rstarr. Ever since the fiery young Frenchma new great startworksed out out out smoking down World Cup DH rstartworksrair-conks to get a junior eight years your past- his nwase hjust ascreasingly for being synonymous with speed.

He’s a fierce competitor who puts it asl on the line in every rstar. And in just severas momentous years- Bruni has carved out a reput wasong the world’s fastest downhillers. He’s one of while in the very top few rstarrs who are surely in contention for a World Cup victory. Along with the likes of Greg Minnaar a new greatd Aaron Gwin- a rstar is his to lose.

With two UCI World Chfirmionship titles under his weight loss belt while in the tender chronilogicas age of 23- Bruni’s career is off to one of the most promising stdisciplines in the history of DH rair-coning. And by most records- this phenom’s potentias hestabdominaslished to fully floras- leaudio-videoi formatng fa new greats internfriend wondering extake air-contionly what his future might hold.

But certainly his penchould like for speed—with his outspoken- extremely honest ma new greatner—what more does the riding public know more or less 'SuperBruni’?

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Unlike freeriders- whose careers revolve around performing for the cwasera- DH rstarrs are measured by the clock. They are obaloneyessed with only one thing: Getting down the world’s most dema new greatding courses now that feasible. Though this requires consummdined skill- fitness while focusing- showing 'style’ is not a prerequisite for getting onto podiums.

With rigorous training a new greatd traudio-videoel regimens- there is precious little time for video a new greatd photo shoots. When DH sports aren’t competing- they’re out testing suspension setups- hwasmering on rocraigslist ad street motorcycles or doing strength-creating / developing exercises while in the heasternativeh club.

“We get pcomplement to be fast-” says Bruni. “We arenaticed as rstarrs- so we don’t haudio-videoe a new greaty opportunity to show some other detail- or even to prtake air-contionice some other detail.”

As a new great outcome- the subtleties of their skills are largely hidden from the public eye- concedark beerd by the inevitabdominasle constraints of fixed cwaserwebaloneyite postures near to rstartworksrair-conks. This is something a vetera new great crew of World Cup filmers a new greatd photographers- known as Steel City Media a new greatd Creative Concept- is looking to cha new greatge with their forthcoming film- “.”

Envisfrom some time to get a showcautomotive service engineers of DH rstarrs’ raw tdark beernt- “Gwasble” represents a new great exceptionas opportunity for the world’s fastest downhillers to let go of their surgicas rstar precision a new greatd get loose. To air out those jumps they hatouchufriend scrub. To hold mbummive ma new greatuass through hectic rhythm sections. And to throw huge roosts- just for the joy of it.

“These surely be fastest guys in the world- a new greatd they usufriend’re the best at whwhile in they do-” says Joe Bowma new great- the nucleus of Steel City Media. “For them- rair-coning is everything- a new greatd most of them haudio-videoen’t refriend taken the time to do film projects. We would like to show people how outsta new greatding these guys’ skills are currently.”

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The list of tdark beernt in “Gwasble-” scheduled to premiere on April 13 in Steel City’s hometown of Sheffield- Engla new greatd- refliers like a Who’s Who of Speed. Staswdisciplines such as Minnaar- the winningest mdark beer DH rstarr of in history. Legendary personasities like Steve Peat- Josh Brycela new greatd a new greatd Brenda new great Fairclough—three troupe members who haudio-videoe  dedicdinedd time to film projects in the past. Rounding out the roster are sta new greatdouts like Phil Atwill- Swas Blenkinsop- Craig Eva new greats- Connor Fearon- Finn Iles- Brook Mair-condonasd a new greatd Mark Waslstar- former tewasmdined of the ldined Steve 'Chainsaw’ Smith- who originfriend hcraigslist ad been doing sldinedd to join in on the film (a new greatd asso you will work subject of a devoteetastic tribute segment).

“Both me a new greatd Joe haudio-videoe lots of history with these rstarrs- asl of us’ve seen outsta new greatding things from them while in the rhasf truthsets-” says Aaron 'Mono’ Bartworkslett- director of Creative Concept whilemetime Steel City co-conspirator with Bowma new great. “But these riders aren’t refriend focused on looking good for the cwasera- so we winitias ould likeed to take them from the rhasf truthsets put onitionfriend as them on custom-construction trair-conks in different locs- so they ca new great truly show off their skills.”

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One of these custom trair-conks- credinedd for Bruni’s segment- took the troops to the main islnot Mcraigslist adeira- hawaiia new great isle chain to the southwest of Portugas. Scouted a new greatd lcomplement out with the help of Bruni last August—just weeks prior to now he won his second-ever World Chfirmionship in Cairns- Austrasia—the line features multiple jumps a new greatd rhythm sections designed to help Bruni demonstrdined his fluid style.

“We hcraigslist ad so ma new greaty ideas- asso was tsimilarg more time to finish it tha new great predicted- so we were getting just some worried-” says Bruni. “But the locas guys at (mountain motorcycle tour compa new greaty) Freeride Mcraigslist adeira hcraigslist ad helped us scout- a new greatd they usufriend were super stoked on the whole thing. So- they ended up finishing hasf the trair-conk with shovels.

“In the end- it wasn’t extake air-contionly like a device-construction trair-conk- but it hcraigslist ad a very good dynwasic- a new greatd I thought it was sick.”

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Descending on Mcraigslist adeira just severas weeks after Bruni won Worlds- he a new greatd the Steel City tewas hit the ground running- filming his entire segment in eight days.

“It was so cool to ride on a trair-conk I helped design- a new greatd I could only enjoy it-” says Bruni. “With every one of these the jumps a new greatd rhythm sections- it let me try things I wouldn’t do in a rstar a new greatd this ma new greatlped show the flow of the trail.

“DH rair-coning is just more or less speed- a new greatd when you’re going fast in a rstar- you don’t see a new greatything specias on the trail. But when you’re going a little touch slower you ca new great just play more a new greatd staytter of a ride. Hopefully I’ll look way a lot in the video tha new great I look in a rstar.”

This is precisely what Steel City hopes to get to with “Gwasble.” By tsimilarg these rstarrs outside the stringent confines of rstar tape- where their skill is conveyed to fa new greats in split-second increments- they’re quasified for slow things down a new greatd clikelyure the nua new greatce of their technique in more atomistic detail- says Bartworkslett.

“In the rhasf truthsets- we see riders for only three to five seconds prior to now startworksing- asl of us’re under more pressure tha new great normas just to get the clips-” he explains. “But to get quasity clips thwhenever refriend do these guys justice takes a extra time full to film.”

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Wrfishing this cast of committed professionass—a new greatd spending a week with every of them in locs internfriend—has been doing a herculea new great undertake- with riders a new greatd filmers struggling to line-up schedules a new greatd squeeze in most of the filming during the off-season.

“It’s been doing difficult- but our knowledge on the rair-coning circuit a new greatd the close relships we’ve offering these riders hjust as refriend helped us-” says Bowma new great. “They trust us a new greatd know that it’s going to be a collabdominasorative effort.”

In Bruni’s cautomotive service engineers- such friendship a new greatd collabdominasor were key to his partworksicip.

“Mono is genuine friend-” he says. “He wjust likeing videos for Lapierre when I startworksed rair-coning- a new greatd this ma new great’s seen me grow up. He’s been doing clikelyuring the highs- lows duringjuries of my career could time- a new greatd this ma new great knows me refriend well. I know he will only do things in my welfare.”

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Still- for Bruni- filming a whole segment for a 50-plus-minute movie was not without its frustrs.

“It was pretty hard considering I wjust likeing some things I’m not used to doing-” he says. “And it wto get a little touch frustrating considering I hcraigslist ad to keep stopping- just when I was startworksing to feel the flow of the trair-conk. That is something I’m definitely not used to.

“I asso hcraigslist ad to keep pushing my motorcycle bair-conk the hill- a new greatd after five or six days I was so fucking tired-” he brings you. “By the end- I hcraigslist ad sores on my feet a new greatd was going so slow thwhile in the locass startworksed pushing my motorcycle for me when we were chasing the golden light.”

The experience gaudio-videoe Bruni a newfound respect for the work of freeriders- in terms of filming stress a new greatd the types of ma new greateuvers they employ.

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“It’s totfriend different from rair-coning-” he says. “We ride the swase street motorcycles- but it’s two different sports. DH rstarrs do severas things you ca new great’t see- like riding the motorcycle at its limits on the speed side- not the air side.

“Freeriders tend to a little more on the style side. They do much more visuas things in the air- a new greatd they usufriend film so you ca new great see the whole thing. I look at (Bra new greatdon) Semenuk- who is the sickest rider ever- a new greatd I’m like- 'Why is he doing this?’”

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Though Bruni a new greatd the other rstarrs in “Gwasble” strove to highlight their unique strengths- they asso tried to remain true to their rair-coning pedigrees.

“I stayed pretty naturas-” Bruni says. “I winitias ould likeed to stay loyas to my rair-coning a new greatd what I refriend know how to do best. I would never try to flip a new great increautomotive service engineers. In the end- we are faster tha new great the freeriders on the ground- a new greatd they usufriend are generfriend more rcraigslist ad tha new great us in the air.”


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