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Two wheels and no limits

Freeride/BMX crossover rider Darren Berrecloth gets back to his roots



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Pique: Judging by all the mountain bike websites out there you’re having a good season.

Darren Berrecloth: It’s been really good. I just got back from this huge series in Europe, the Qashqai Urban Challenge, and ended up winning it. I’m pretty stoked right now.


Pique: Do you get to ride your BMX much or just for contests like Red Bull Elevation?

DB: Not that much anymore because I’m travelling back and forth so much, but I probably spend one or two days a week on my little bike.


Pique: You were the first winner of pretty much the first slopestyle, and now there are events all over the world. What’s it been like to be part of that?

DB: It’s kind of insane how big the sport blew up, but it’s a really good formula and everyone who sees it can see right away that it’s a sport that’s going to go somewhere. It’s in your face, and it’s accessible because it’s really a lot of sports like BMX and motocross and freeride mountain biking put together.


Pique: The progression has also changed a lot. How do you stay in front?

DB: As soon as you get a bunch of younger people into the industry with fresh minds and a fresh take on things, you usually end up getting a huge surge in the level of riding, especially in competitions. Kids are coming in and pushing everyone else. They’re crazier and younger, and rubber-boned, and they send the level of the sport up and up, and open everyone’s eyes to what’s possible.


Pique: Do you have a strategy for events, or do you watch to see what everyone is doing and try to top it?

DB: My main game plan is always to pedal fast and go big, and that’s been working for me.


Pique: What about new tricks? Do you spend a lot of time on your BMX and mountain bike in the winter getting ready for the next season?

DB: I maybe spend a day a week in the winter where I’ll go out riding and focus on practicing and learning new tricks. Where we live on Vancouver Island it’s raining six days out of seven so it’s kind of tough. If I lived in California with the rest of the boys I’d have sunny jumps every winter day and more time to practice.