When Loic Bruni won the UCI Downhill World Championship in Vallnord, Andorra, last summer,
it was something of a surprise. It was his
first major international win, despite the
fact that he has long been regarded as
the next major downhill champion in the
sport. Loic started making the podiums
on the World Cup downhill circuit at age
18, his first year in the Elite Men’s ranks,
and he has been one of the best and
most consistent downhill riders in the
sport ever since.
In 2015 Loic won three qualifying
rounds of the World Cup series (Lourdes,
France; Fort William, Scotland; and
Lenzerheide, Switzerland), but he didn’t
win the finals at a single race. He came
in second in the finals of three World
Cups last year and ended the season
ranked second in the UCI’s international
downhill rankings, but he had never won
a single World Cup race.
By the end of the year that didn’t seem
to matter anymore. Loic Bruni put together a close-to-perfect run at the biggest
race of all and became the new UCI
downhill world champion.
MBA: Who taught you how to ride?
Loic: My dad and myself.
MBA: If you raced other kinds of bikes
before mountain bikes, when did you do
that, and how well did you do?
Loic: I raced some XC, but wasn’t
good at all, and some BMX where I wasn’t
bad, but I didn’t like the spirit of it.
MBA: When did you get your first
Loic: Three years old.
MBA: When did you start competing on
Loic: Real first small downhill race at 9; it
was a “Mom Avalanche” in Lyon.
MBA: How did you finish in your first race?
Loic: Last, I think. Even a girl beat me.
MBA: Did you win any titles as an amateur?
Loic: National Champion in U17.
MBA: What have been your best
results as a pro?
Loic: World champion.
MBA: Did you attend college? If so,
what was your major?
Loic: Yeah, economics and now business, which is mostly marketing and
MBA: What awards did you win in
school, if any?
The MBA Q&A:
Loic talks about his life and racing career