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From draughting to drifting

The architect with the perfect angle

pierre6The smallest details mean everything to Pierre-Alexandre Treust, whether he’s pursuing his passion at work or laughing at danger in the dust.

On a weekday the 27-year-old architect works closely with clients to ensure the stunning streets of Paris are adorned with buildings that add to the city’s beauty.

But at the weekend that attention to detail flies out of the window… kind of.

Sure, he’ll have an eye on the angles involved in getting the best out of his bike as he digs up the dust on twisties near his home at the weekend, but in truth this is the time he can forget the devil in the details.

Pierre-Alexandre is known across Europe as one of the best crossover stunt and Motocross riders, but insists it will never become his career.

“I’m probably too old now, but when you sit in an office or meet clients all week it is just the best release you can get,” he said.

“My job is all about tiny angles and margins, but when I’m out on my bike none of that matters. It’s just about letting go and doing what feels right and good in that split second.”

Quest for competition

Pierre-Alexandre recently competed at Snowquake in the Italian Alps and the hooligan class at May’s MCN Festival in Peterborough, and says his day job helps him fund his quest for competition.

For the Ride finally caught up with him as he put a brat tracker modified Street Twin through its paces after appearing in the inaugural El Rollo flat track race at Wheels and Waves.

"The adrenalin buzz is like nothing else."

By nature he’s not the type of guy who will commit to one bike, preferring to chop and change depending on the track he’s visiting. But he added: “I absolutely love the old Triumphs, especially those you can have as a project and make your own. For me it’s all about making a bike right for you.

“I have a vintage scrambler because it’s so – as we say in French – polyvalante, so versatile. It’s good for the city where I work, it’s got good torque so it’s great for stunts and the kind of acrobatic riding I love. But I’ve also taken it through the Pyrenees so it’s pretty much a bike for all eventualities.”

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Despite his love of the old Triumphs and the new Thruxton R, Pierre-Alexandre believes the new Street Twin could be set to win a place in his heart: “I tried it out on the passes and quarries around Biarritz and it handles like one of the old bikes. What’s so good about the new Triumphs is that they have all the looks of the old classics but the technology of a new one, and that’s not an easy balancing act to pull off.”

But if anyone can get the angles just right, then there’s a pretty good chance Pierre-Alexandre can.

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