Obsessed With Mountain Biking
The NSMB Podcast: Ep 7 – Yoann Barelli
For many of us, riding bikes begins as a childhood activity, belting around the local neighbourhood, learning to wheelie and launching off gutters. But in some parts of the world, it goes beyond an after school activity. Neighbourhoods riddled with kids outdoing each other on the bike can build into pushing for national titles. These hotbeds of talented young riders develop more as the years go by, leaving a legacy behind.
It turns out Yoann Barelli grew up in such a hotbed in the south of France. He and his brother started riding together with the future world champion, Fabien Barel but the town is also home to legendary downhill racer, Nico Vouilloz. There’s much racing history in the streets there but for Yoann, a slightly different path was taken.
Most listeners will know Yoann for his exuberant personality and, as it turns out, it played a large role in securing his first professional contract. But as he’s matured, his outlook on life and racing has too. Yoann shared how he got started in the sport, how the more recent events in his life and the world have shaped his career, and his thoughts on the environment.
- Starting riding and racing in the South of France
- Taking time to travel and learn English
- How to be a Pro Rider video and how it actually worked
- The Enduro World Series giving riders a chance at a career that wasn't there before
- French lines and how the EWS has evolved
- Cutting back the amount of racing
- Starting the Into the Gnar coaching business
- Racing for the thrill
- Finding ways to progress as a pro-level rider
- Injuries and their impact on racing
- Cleaning up the environment
- Becoming carbon neutral
Links mentioned in this episode:
- How to be a Pro Rider by Yoann Barelli
- Barelli Concepts / Into The Gnar
- Sam Hill in Chile
- Rideguard – mudguards made from recycled plastic
- Yoann’s Instagram
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