Darcy Turenne - Interview

Aug 5, 2008 at 0:45
Aug 5, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
 
You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login

Darcy Turenne seems to have something figured out in the industry of ours as she is one of the few successful riders making it as a freerider and she's a woman in a sport heavily dominated by men. It's great to see the ladies side of the sport gaining recognition and support from with in and outside the industry.

While in Whistler a few weeks ago I was able to sit down with Darcy for a bit and talk to her about life and bikes. Here's what she had to say:

Well Hello Darcy!

Where are you from and how’s it shaped you to where you are today?

I'm from Comox, a small town on Vancouver Island and I know growing up there had a huge influence on me, particularly when it comes to mountain biking. There wasn't a lot to do there and the outdoors is so close by at all times that taking up mountain biking just made sense. Even when I started there was a huge scene and a lot of people rode. I remember one year being on the national team when there were 4 people on it with me from the Comox Valley alone. Just being surrounded by nature and such a strong scene was really influential as a young rider.

How often are you home?

Home lately has been where ever my suitcase and bike land. I'm never at my house. These days I'm on Vancouver Island maybe 50 to 80 days a year.

Well today we find ourselves in beautiful Whistler BC, what brings you here?

I'm up here for the 2009 Norco product launch and to reveal the new freeride bike I designed to the world. And to SHRED!


Ya Norco has brought out the majority of their team riders for this event, I saw Hoots, Cobra, Boyko and Leech kicking around too. So you say that you are unveiling a new bike, give us a quick run down on it.

Yeah, those dudes are my roommates for the week. It was so nice and clean until they came along! Boyko really has to do something with those knee pads of his.

My new bike is sick...if I don say so myself! Haha. It's a women's specific freeride bike that I designed with Norco and had a lot of input from other girl riders. It's a 6" travel bike that is good for big mountain riding and park riding. I took it to the slopestyle course today too and it was awesome! I'm really stoked (and relieved) that it rides so well. Super light and nimble but stable enough to charge in the rough stuff. So stoked!

Oh, and it's called the "Vixa" and the series of bikes I helped design is called the "Forma" series.


Darcy Turenne talks about her new Norco Vixa and the sponsors that keep it rolling:
Views: 14,581    Faves: 17    Comments: 13

What are the other bikes in the Forma line up like? What style of riding are they orientated too?

There are three hard tails and they range from beginner to advanced. Good for going up and they are light and pretty.

Light and pretty hey! So tell me about your day in the park today. Anything exciting happen?

Rode with some slow dudes. OHHH!! BURN!!! Just kiddin'. We went up to the top of the mountain today for a big Norco lunch then got to go ride the new trail called "Ninja Cougar" that hasn't even been opened yet. Let's just say that I have a new favorite. Sorry Dirt Merchant, you're out - Ninja Cougar - you're in.

Nice, so in between all the meals that Norco kept feeding us there was actually some riding going on?
What are your plans for the next week?


Well, tomorrow I plan on doing a little podcast for the Norco website, then ride ride ride as much as I can. Looking forward to spending some time at home on Vancouver Island because as of next Saturday I'm gone every single day till October. So I think I'll do some fishing with my dad and have as much friend and BMX time as possible.


Oh wow! So the life of a professional freerider is that of traveling to foreign lands and all play or is it a grueling job?

Umm, I would say it's a little bit of both. I really can't complain about my job, but yeah it's true, I don't get home that often. I have a storage locker as a home!

So is it assumable that due to your rigorous traveling and jet setting life style that you are you single right now? Do you like the bikers or non-which are better?

Haha, yes I'm single. I can't image how hard of a job it would be to be my boyfriend right now because I'm always gone!

I guess it's cool if a guy can bike. I think they'd have to because they'd probably get pretty sick of me talking about biking related stuff after a while!


Tell me about at least one of your great adventures in the past few months?

Well, I haven't been to anywhere that doesn't speak English lately but I did a float plane drop in the Chilcotin mountains which was out of this world. Nothing better than doing shuttle runs in a plane!

Pretty soon I'll be in Croatia though so that'll be cool too!


Shuttle runs in a PLANE! That is awesome!

Well I remember running into you back in Portland at Aaron Lutze's place as that is where all the Canadians beg to stay - Thanks Aaron! At that time were you on your way south or on your way home from a stay down around the Oakley head office?


I was on my way south for a month of visiting friends, riding BMX, and hanging out at the Oakley headquarters in So-Cal. It was a great way to pass the winter gloominess of Western Canada!


Ya the rain on the wet coast gets more than a little dreary at times. So tell me about about you were doing hanging out at Oakley?

Well, the head office is down in southern California and I went to visit a few of my managers and good friends, as well as the guys at Bike mag, and my other friends down there. I also took a trip to Woodward and rode a ton of BMX.

Also, I did a photo shoot for Men's Journal magazine. It was a freezing cold day in Malibu and I felt like I was at home but had to wear a tank top.

Aw muffin! You poor thing a photo shoot for Men's Journal! How'd that come about?

I don't know actually! They contacted Oakley looking to feature me in an article called "Action Figures." So funny. There were a few other athletes - a surfer, triathlete, motocross rider, wakeboarder, snowboarder, and skier.

How I was head hunted I don't know!


Nice being head hunted can't be that bad and it must stoke your sponsors out too. Any other good head hunting stories like that recently?

Yeah it saves me from a lot of work hustling like I usually do. Actually yes, I do have a story. When I was in LA the web guy at Norco got an email from an intern at Rolling Stone looking to get in touch with me. I thought it was a joke but it turned out that they wanted to feature me in their annual sports edition. I think Shaun White was in the same issue last year or something. Anyways, I've always wanted to be in Rolling Stone (although I always thought it would be for music!) and all of the sudden I'm on the phone with the editor! They came out to Vancouver Island to shoot in the rain forest by my house and the issue will be coming out later this summer. It still blows my mind because I respect that magazine so much...there's a great head hunting story for you!

Holy crap, you're gonna be in Rolling Frikin' Stone! Good word Darcy! But just think, that's just a drop in a pond compared to this article - Hahaha!

Yeah, I've always wanted to be on Pinkbike.com!!!!! That's the pinnacle of my career. I think I should retire now.

*The Rolling Stone magazine with Darcy in it should be on your news stands now!*

Why do you have a neck tie (that isn't mine) around your head? Where do you get your sense of style from?

Well, it was my headband, then I drank a glass of wine and started getting crazy and it ended up sideways and backwards. My sense of style....hmmmm, I think anyone can wear anything no matter how out there it is and if they are confident and rock it, it can be classified as good style. I'm sure I've made several fashion mistakes because of this philosophy...

Aside from a few fashion mistakes along the way tell us about making a career out of being a “Pro” female freerider.

Making a career out of riding has been something that has always been on my "to do" list since I first started biking. It was one of those things that I was just so determined to do that I never saw any other option than to make it happen! I went to university and got a degree as a backup plan for when I'm too old and sore to ride my bike professionally, but for now I'm putting 100% into biking. Being a woman freerider is a new side of the sport that is just emerging and so far I think it is going really well. I'm enjoying myself, that's for sure!

Darcy Turenne helmet cam on A-Line with Radek filming:
Views: 15,894    Faves: 106    Comments: 29

What would your ultimate success in this industry be?

Wow, that's a big question! I want to encourage as many girls to get out and ride as possible...just being a roll model in that sense is a huge success to me. On an athletic side of things, I want to land this 360 that's been toying with me lately and put together a really solid video part that can rival the boys and push the sport on the women's side. Norco just gave me a huge honor in letting me develop their first women's specific freeride bike and that will definitely be a huge highlight in my career no matter how far I go.


When you grow up, what do you want to be?

I'm enjoying working in television and when I "grow up" I want to make environmentally and socially based TV content and documentary films. Combine my degree in Environmental Studies with the media world that I've found myself in these days. I'm almost as passionate about travel as I am about biking so something to do with travel television and writing would be cool as well.

Give a shout out to your sponsors.

HUGE thanks to all my sponsors who allow me to keep doing what I'm doing and who have believed in my from the start:

Norco Performance Bikes
Oakley
Dakine
Gravity/Full Speed Ahead
Etnies
Shimano
Skullcandy
Marzocchi
Kenda
WTB saddles

To learn more about Darcy, please visit www.hellodarcy.com


-Tyler "Brule" Maine
Must Read This Week









122 Comments

  • + 69
 she is Sooooo Hot!

(now all the ppl put me (-) and my comment will be gray)
[Reply]
  • + 26
 wow, she's good Smile
  • + 35
 she's pretty too!
  • - 42
 I just think girls look glumsy (or how ever you spell it) on bikes. Dunno why.
  • + 25
 Cause you're a pathetic sexist bitch?
  • + 16
 thats cuz you like men
[Reply]
  • + 18
 a beautiful girl, who rides in almost every style. She's lot of boys' dream. Smile
[Reply]
  • + 17
 is she good at slopestyle? like can she do tricks
  • + 32
 Good Question! Hey, while we're at it, let's ask if Cam McCaul can do a wheelie.
  • + 25
 ....sooooo, can he?
  • + 6
 cam can't do a wheelie, i don't think
  • - 16
 on the topic of cam doing wheelies, have you guys seen SEASONS?!?!?! i think it was at the whistler part at the end of it he does a wheelie sitting down.... but why would someone think he couldnt wheelie?anyway great article
  • - 5
 when your a pro like cam, u can damn near do anything, simple wheelies is nuthin for him
  • + 7
 some people just dont get sarcasm
[Reply]
  • + 11
 amzing riding and amazing looks. dosnet get much better than that.
  • - 12
 dont agree on the looks part
[Reply]
  • + 6
 I wish there were more cute riders like her out there. I would make one of them my wife instantly. Think about it, she would never be left at home while you go riding with the boys. A vacation would for sure include riding. She would be there to party with after a day on the mountain, and something super awesome and cute to wake up next to. Call me a softy but, hell ya!
  • + 0
 Go XC and join a bike club. Maybe you will have some luck?
[Reply]
  • + 7
 I bet if this was an interview of some new male person getting sponsored, there would be about 1/10 of the comments written here...
[Reply]
  • + 5
 Nice to see that bikercc is so ready to have a pop when he can't spell Marzocchi... LOSER! Darcy's awesome, super smooth... Radek needs to pick up the pace a bit me thinks! Razz
  • + 1
 lol I was thinking that too at some points! HAMMER DOWN! lol
[Reply]
  • + 4
 A woman talented in many different ways... I would imagine she's a lot of fun to hang out with. Props for being a great roll model for everyone, especially the females in this sport.

Looking at her website, she is marketed quite well too. Good luck at Crankworx! Smile
[Reply]
  • + 3
 HMMMMMMMM yes she Amazing probably what many bikers would want in a girl seeing as the commen problems many bikers have with the girl friends complainning there always out biking wouldn't be an issue as she would be right there with you : ) o and of course shes very hot face and bodie

Lets just say the riding time you and her would be sharing wouldn't be all the fun you were having : )
[Reply]
  • + 5
 Great interview. It's nice to see a woman who is doing something positive for the sport and for all the other female riders. Very encouraging!!!
[Reply]
  • + 8
 I love you Darcy!!!
[Reply]
  • + 4
 She is beautiful and I envy whomever she is with. *sigh* 3
P.S She deserves to have a bike made for her so that is just plain awesome! Cheers Darcy Big Grin
[Reply]
  • + 3
 norcalnomad find urself something better to do with ur life than be on pinkbike at 1 in the morning, i just got home so it dosent count
  • + 3
 What are you talking about?
[Reply]
  • + 5
 first: cute girl
second: crazy trail
and the cameraman its very lucky.
[Reply]
  • + 4
 sick id have that bike its not like any of the other bullshit womens bike other companies push out
  • - 1
 except for the marzocchis sorry im just kind of fed up with them
[Reply]
  • + 3
 Come on Radek, she's clearly braking for you to keep up. Well I should shut up, it's not like I'm any faster...
[Reply]
  • + 3
 Great stuff. Thank you for recognizing one of many female riders who are working to evolve the sport for us.
[Reply]
  • + 3
 Everything's great, the bike, the ride, the interview, the gal... but i seriously dislike the new hairdcut Frown
[Reply]
  • + 4
 she has nice style....and ass
[Reply]
  • + 0
 Negative! You could ride just as well as any guy. It's just based on a largely male dominated sport ratio. Which is extremely high. Smile Do not take offense to what I say please.
  • + 0
 heheh I think I might be ultra-sensitive to these things. I wasn't offended, just curious...I am really just starting out but have certainly noticed there are very few women compared to men....at least where I ride! that said there are just certain things in general men will be better at. like pushups. *curses lack of upper body strength*
[Reply]
  • + 1
 she's a great ambassador for biking, it doesn't hurt that she's attractive to boot! definately makes me want to go back to whistler!
[Reply]
  • - 1
 I have to go with konarider, she is OK i think, the truth is that at this point as a company you got to have at least one girl and tell everyone you got the girls product covered,any way you see it smells like !AFIRMATIVE ACTION!
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Darcy is even cooler in person. When she was at The Camp of Champions as a guest coach it was awesome. She can definitely ride.
[Reply]
  • + 2
 shes like the girl version of me! she rides every kind of biking, excpet im not as hot as her
[Reply]
  • + 3
 Darcy came to my school for an speach on biking
  • + 2
 And pleeeeaaaseeee teach me how to bike well Big Grin
[Reply]
  • + 4
 Sick! Good interview.
[Reply]
  • + 4
 super beautiful and rad.
[Reply]
  • + 3
 she is sooo hot and she like bikes do you want more???
[Reply]
  • + 4
 She's awesome. Hot too.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 i always wanted to marry a canadian... and i think she can ride better than me dammit.....
[Reply]
  • + 2
 weeeeeeeeeeeee that video looks like so much fun. inspirational!
[Reply]
  • + 1
 yay! island girl representing! and a nice women-specific bike as well... that's not all pink and sh!t
[Reply]
  • + 1
 i seen her on Ride Guide TV a few times, she a great rider she can really rip
[Reply]
  • + 1
 she is a awesome rider ...and i need to say that she had a very nice ASS!!! ^^


props
[Reply]
  • + 0
 Regardless of her "moves" she is still great for a girl rider... sorry she doesn't compare to some of konakid8's mad skills. The insulence of some people i tell you.
  • + 0
 "for a girl rider" - this makes me sad...are you saying as a girl I can never hope to be as good as a guy?
[Reply]
  • + 2
 Darcy Is so hott...sick interview..
[Reply]
  • + 1
 she is super hott, and a good rider looks like any guy bikers perfect girlfriend
[Reply]
  • + 0
 i bet that almost none of you guys who said, "your beautiful" or "cute" or stuff like that wouldn't have said it to her face
  • - 1
 Yo you know what a double negative is? way to speak in riddles buddy.
  • - 1
 grammar alert!!! grammar alert!!!
[Reply]
  • + 0
 she is very hot, but the only thing is she is better than me... i better go practice
[Reply]
  • + 0
 man dude girls get sponcered so muck easier then guys and i think they get alot ferther
[Reply]
  • + 1
 i love how radek couldnt keep up.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 she can bike and she's cute.
mtb'ers dream girl Smile
[Reply]
  • + 0
 Thats so raddd, shes good looking too!!
hey anyone know what trail that is? and where its located?
  • + 0
 its says above the vidoe:
A-line, its in whistler
[Reply]
  • + 1
 That helmet cam footage made me look fast.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Sooo hot. Soooo talented.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Darcy rocks. Valley pride at its best.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Nothin Sexier thann a chick who can bike RIGHT good Wink
[Reply]
  • + 0
 lol is that the famous aline whahahah looks like a kids track them jumps looks so small man im very shocked
  • + 11
 So were your parents when you came out of the closet.
  • + 0
 they're of decent proportions and if you go on crab apple hits back into aline then you got your big fast air fixm. man i would personally loooove to build a trail for this Darcy Turenne girl Wink maybe come for a visit at cap college on the sunshine coast during the term and possibly lecture to my mountain bike operations class?! yes yes?? (i hope this message comes across LOL)
[Reply]
  • + 1
 how many bikes does she have?
  • + 3
 does it matter?
  • + 5
 wow i have never seen anybody be more defensive. j christ.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Nie, i like watching girls in actions!!
[Reply]
  • + 0
 yeah, like that video!!!

girls should ride on!!! Smile
[Reply]
  • + 1
 wonderful girl :-)
[Reply]
  • + 0
 daym! she's not only hot,but she can ride a bike too!!!
[Reply]
  • + 0
 She's really a beautiful lady.
[Reply]
  • + 0
 Seing her ride that trail makes me wana ride!
[Reply]
  • + 0
 ya darcy your an awsome rider ..your my hero ha
[Reply]
  • + 0
 hott man i wish i was her seat
[Reply]
  • + 0
 she's kick ass, and some of the bikes she has are so sick!
[Reply]
  • + 1
 shes awesomee go darcy
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Girl+bike! I love it!
[Reply]
  • + 1
 sweet material.....
[Reply]
  • + 0
 bel fondoschiena... right?
[Reply]
  • + 0
 I'll have to show my girlfriend gorgeous ladies can ride too
[Reply]
  • - 1
 Shes Stunnning...Id like to be friends with her! haha!
[Reply]
  • + 0
 sweet dream :p
[Reply]
  • - 1
 The first song is -TV on the radio- "Play houses" not "Wolf like me"
  • + 2
 No, sorry. Wolf like me... just checked it. my I-tunes is crazy...
  • + 2
 the second song is time bomb by rancid of course. haha
[Reply]
  • + 0
 ohhh god!!!!
[Reply]
  • - 1
 shes good and shes hot thats like double sweet
[Reply]
  • - 2
 shes pretty hot
[Reply]
  • - 2
 she is very good and very very sexy
[Reply]
  • + 25
 darcy is insanee!!! And norcalnomad your a loser- go home!
[Reply]
  • + 1
 she is sooooooooooo cool
  • + 1
 she is the host of Ride Guide right?
[Reply]
  • + 9
 Oooooh she miss pronounced an Italian word.... Go Darcy!!
  • + 11
 actually thats how you're supposed to pronnounce it...
  • + 9
 Tomato, tomoto.
  • + 14
 You spelt Marzocchi wrong too dude so how small does that make you feel Smile

Awesome rider, pretty lady and good person to have around the sport.
  • + 4
 you cant spell it, your failure is much more embarrassing since you could easily have read what you were spelling...unless you're illiterate...
  • + 5
 it's "Marzoki", like she said. it must be hard being a such a tard! she rocks and is smart!!!
  • + 6
 Quotes, you know these things"" to denote, in this case, the phonetic pronunciation of Marzocchi. Thanks enduro, but I think we're stuck with even more tards than once feared. To make things real simple ch in Italian produces a k sound. Example: chianti (a fine wine). Call up Marzocchi USA and see how they answer the phone if you are still in doubt and then apologize to Darcy.
  • + 6
 Wow "jazzboy" you ate your "Wheaties" this morning. Wink
  • + 4
 I've seen Darcy ride up at Whistler and she's earned my respect! The peanut butter on toast this morning has made me extra perky.
[Reply]
  • + 1
 Ok seeing as I work at Marzocchi I will confirm it for you all. We even had hats made with the phonetic spelling as its such a head scratcher for some...its Marz-o-key.
[Reply]
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2014. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv15 0.044856
Mobile Version of Website