Worth its Wait in Gold
Loic Bruni charges to his sweetest win and Nino Schurter caps a dominant season with another rainbow jersey.
It is hard to imagine a more deserving World Champion than Loic Bruni. The gracious, 21-year-old French rider had been the picture of focus, dedication and determination since the start of the season. But despite qualifying first for so many events, Bruni simply could not find the top step of the World Cup podium this year, finishing 2nd four times this season alone. - Photo by Victor Lucas
But Bruni and his Lapierre Gravity Republic team manager Jacques “Jack” Roure hit the reset button for the World Championship. Unbeknownst to Bruni, Jack had been busy, painstakingly polishing and preparing the young phemon’s World’s bike. Further appointed with RockShox suspension, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, and the special-edition SRAM X01 DH Gold Metal drivetrain, Bruni’s shiny World Championship bike was a winner long before it took to the track. - Photo by Sven Martin
And if the hand-polished bike wasn’t enough, just before the start, Roure grounded his rider with some calming words.
“We did a great season — so many wins in qualifying and so many second place finishes — and now we just have fun. What happens is coming…”
Bruni launched from the start house, attacking the course and throwing roost like no one else. And it was clear he wanted this one more than any other rider, as he held his speed, style and focus all the way to the finish line. At the end of the day, fun is fast — and the fun-having Loic Bruni won the World Championship by 2.365 seconds. - Photo by Sven Martin
Nino Schurter is no stranger to World Cup XC podiums and World Championship Gold Medals. Yet despite having won the final three World Cup races of the 2015 season, Schurter’s status as favorite for the win in Andorra came under question, as rains, late in the week, changed the flow of the course. - Photo by Sven Martin
The stylish Swiss rider would have nothing of negative speculation. He took the reins of the race from the start, but never forgot to entertain the fans with is signature Schurter whip on the jumps.
As it was throughout the World Cup season, Schurter’s main adversary was French mountain-bike legend Julien Absalon. Like the World Cup races, Absalon attacked the climbs, while Schurter attacked the descents and other technical sections. And true to the story that played out for the last few races, the best pure mountain biker prevailed. - Photo by Sven Martin
Schurter’s UCI World Cup winning relied upon his SRAM XX1 and SRAM XX brakes. In Andorra, Nino took the Vallnord 2015 World Championship Gold Medal using a special-edition, SRAM XX1 Gold Metal chain and cassette.
- Photo by Sven Martin