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Big Vid: Amaury Pierron’s Rise and Fall and Rise Again

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Two World Cup Downhill Championship titles with a space of four long years between them, connected by the resilience of one man. ‘The Pilot’ is a 79 minute fillum about one Amaury Pierron.

Commençal press release:

COMMENCAL proudly presents the official film of 2022 DH World Cup Champion, Amaury Pierron. By watching – THE PILOT – you will learn about Amaury’s story and the road he travelled to win the World Cup DH overall for a second time, making 2022 his best season yet!

The movie takes a deep dive into his fun but extremely focused and performance driven character, looking back on his career so far, and reflecting in detail on his dramatic 2022 season.

“I’ve always loved watching athletes’ documentaries and always thought it would be great to do one someday. It was when Sleeper Collective were filming me on the DH World Cups last year that we decided to go for a longer format. It became an important project for me.” – Amaury Pierron

Even though Amaury Pierron is one of the fastest downhill racers on the planet and one of the most famous names in the sport, he opens up about his struggles and reveals some of his darkest moments on the journey from success to potentially career-ending injuries and back to the top step.

In this video, his teammates were also asked to give their perspective – two-time World Champion Myriam Nicole, and World Cup winner Thibaut Dapréla – who offer amazing personal insight of what is behind the big screens at the World Cup events or riders’ social media channels.

THE PILOT also brings the cliché of the racing rollercoaster to a personal level. With all ups and downs he went through we get to see Amaury’s everyday life: his home, his gym and finally an awesome COMMENCAL test track in Pascuet, Catalunya. All that to see and understand how much of a hard working athlete he is and make the viewer understand the complexity of DH racing.

Rider: Amaury Pierron
Film & edit: Sleeper Collective

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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