Fabien Barel Presents #4: Brook Macdonald

Aug 15, 2012
by Mavic HQ  

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Our boy Fab Barel is at it again, coming this time from the Val d'Isere resort in the high Alps of southeastern France. Fab hits the dirt with DH star Brook Macdonald on the rocky trails of this stunning mountain terrain.

What's Brook like? What makes him tick? Like any mountain bike rider, he's inspired by the landscape, the mountain air, and the pure all-mountain experience offered here in the Savoie region. As he says in the film, the mountains here are absolutely massive, unlike anything in his home country of New Zealand.

And as always, the camaraderie of the mountain bike tribe plays a central role in Fab's filmmaking. Sharing a laugh, some salami, and a bottle of wine makes any day on the mountain even more special.

Brook's positive attitude and his newly acquired taste for altitude lasted for a few extra days ... long enough for him to notch his first UCI DH world cup victory, held at Val d'Isere just 5 days after this movie was shot!






















Fabien Barel Presents Part 1 - Cam Zink
Fabien Barel Presents Part 2 - Cedric Gracia
Fabien Barel Presents Part 3 - Andreu Lacondeguy





41 Comments

  • 18 0
 Yeah so stoked a kiwi boy got his first World Cup Podium! Keep up the shredding and keep up these videos!
  • 5 0
 Hell yeah! We have been doing sweet lately.
3 kiwi's in the top 20, and now this tup
  • 3 0
 theres 4
  • 2 0
 kiwi version of 'murica! Haka: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdMCAV6Yd0Y
  • 2 0
 mah it's too complicated, doesn't go well with holding a double barrel in your hand standing next to "no tresspassing" sign... A bingo stole my bike!
  • 15 1
 "Five days later, Brook won the Val d'Isere World Cup."

Have the UCI screened whatever it was he drank at the start of the vid? Big Grin
  • 13 3
 That Salami and Ham made me feel like I was starving. All it needed was and Italian bun with some freshly churned Canadian butter with some Polish mustard.
  • 28 0
 thats a very international snack you have there
  • 4 0
 I'll give you props for this Polish mustard Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Video is so well put together and the food. Best You could put in Your bag ^^
Great riding,scenery and friendly atmosphere.My VOD )
  • 1 0
 VOD
  • 1 0
 They both ride Summoms, but Fabiens looks raked out in that shot of the wall ride it looks like a chopper! He must have some super raked out head angle on that thing, amazed it turns at all! And what's with that XC lid that Brooks wearing, wouldn't look out of place on Le Tour!!

I like Brook, but he always seem's a bit miserable and unexcited? Maybe just me..
  • 2 0
 This series is just classy on so many levels. Even Fabies's lunch...no, especially his lunch. Think about that the next time you pack PBR and fluffernutter. Amazing video all around.
  • 5 0
 so many PODs!
  • 2 0
 when old:school meets nu:school .... actually I don`t know who rides better Smile
  • 4 0
 hell yeah, kiwi pride Smile
  • 2 0
 Amazing trails! Fabian is a fantastic curator of the best riders and their styles of riding.
  • 2 0
 In the past, no one but Barel can win a DH race in a Marzocchi. Now McDonald joins him. That is elite company.
  • 2 0
 Brilliant video. top feeling to it made smile me and wanna ride
  • 2 0
 WOULD KILL FOR SCENERY LIKE THAT! LET ALONE RIDE IT!
  • 1 0
 Its easier to do than you think - most of that looked like Tignes (just next door to Val d'Isere) to me - and unless they've changed anything the bike uplift there is FREE! Trails are scary loose round there, but some really friendly riders - not least Max (the guy pointing out mountain names) who is head of the trails in the area. Spent a good couple of days riding with him last summer - some awesome enduro trails there :-)
  • 1 0
 Lifts are still free (in the summer) :
www.tignes.net/en/summer-sports/the-mtb-area-1034.html
  • 1 0
 Oisans ,you're a star !
  • 2 0
 What a good series, every episode inspires me to ride my bike. Awesome
  • 1 0
 The French bikers know as to have a good time! Very steep and beautiful mountains!
  • 1 0
 Can you buy that Mavic Kit from anywhere, always loved mavic stuff and really liking the kits Fab has on.
  • 1 0
 This series has been really cool to watch looking forward to more episodes.
  • 1 0
 i need that kind of places where to ride near by my house Smile nice video grate pics Smile
  • 1 0
 YEAH Brook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i could do a nice lunch like that when im out riding any day Smile
  • 1 0
 good ridding plus good friends topped off with meat cheese and wine... perfect bike trip!!!
  • 1 0
 so classy! taking red wine and fine cheese out to eat when riding! my choice is usually biscuits and a sausage roll! Wink
  • 1 0
 The AM segment was insane! I want a Mondraker AM frame here in the U.S. sooo bad!!!
  • 1 0
 Beautifull place, nice editing, great ride and cool pictures...
  • 1 0
 Looks like the moon surface..
  • 1 0
 I'm drinking a beer to brook right now!
  • 1 0
 Awesome video, definitely my favorite of the series so far.
  • 1 0
 where's the motox inspired 10mm stem's gone??
  • 2 1
 Beautiful bikes
  • 1 0
 ParabĂ©ns
  • 1 0
 awesome spot !
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