Loic Bruni had never won a senior World Cup event when he dropped into the course in Vallnord, Andorra on World Championships day in September 2015. But it was no surprise to anyone to see the Frenchman wearing the rainbow colours at the end of the day.
It was one hell of a year for Loic even before his big win, though he did spend more time than he’d have liked playing mountain biking‘s answer to the bridesmaid.
The 21-year-old started his season with a win at the iXS Crankworx Rotorua downhill in New Zealand, and threatened to turn that success into a World Cup win throughout the year.
Loic qualified first three times on the series and stunningly managed to place second in finals at four of the seven stops; in Lourdes, Lenzerheide, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Val di Sole, without picking up a win.