Fortune Favors the Prepared
Preparation and dedication pay off with a breakthrough win for Commencal’s Amaury Pierron at UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup #2
Pelé, considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time, once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Winning a Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup — especially at Fort William, one of mountain bike racing’s monument events — is a pretty serious measure success. And Amaury Pierron found that success solidly this past weekend with his first World Cup win in the Elite Category.
In February of this year, Pierron joined his Commencal-Vallnord teammates and the SRAM and RockShox race department for a week of testing and tuning at Windrock Bike Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The fit Frenchman attacked Windrock with purpose, ripping lap after muddy lap as if the bike park was about to close for the year and he was just 100th of a second from a lap record. And when he wasn’t riding, Pierron was focused on the bike, working with his mechanic and the RockShox staff in search of the perfect setup for his riding style.
It’s pretty easy for fans, athletes and sponsors to skip the chase and focus instead on the times and placings, but the devil is in the run itself — and Pierron’s was a picture of poise, control and World Cup-winning speed. In other words, his success was no accident. And so, when he told Red Bull TV’s Ric McLaughlin that his bike was “just perfect” and expressed thanks to Commencal and RockShox, the 2018 Fort William winner meant what he said.
Prior to his breakthrough win at Fort William, Pierron’s last trip to the top step of a World Cup podium came when he was a Junior, and the venue was Leogang, Austria — a fact that surely won’t be lost on him when the series heads to Leogang this Sunday, June 10.