Fabien Barel Presents #3: Finding Flow With Andreu

Jul 15, 2012
by Mavic HQ  

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Fab is back with the 3rd in his video series. Now, he's in Spain with Andreu Lacondeguy, and it's remarkable what they experience. Andreu is a natural on the bike and a serious competitor. But he's driven by the same force that guides all mountain bikers: the pursuit of flow. First, the guys venture to the desert looking for new lines. What they find on the moon-like landscape is not only new lines, but new levels of fluidity. It's the same when they hit the dirt jumps. It's not all about how big and how trick, but also about how smooth and how liquid. Fab and Andreu find a close connection in this common thread of the MTB life.















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Fabien Barel Presents Part 1 - Cam Zink
Fabien Barel Presents Part 2 - Cedric Gracia





64 Comments

  • + 34
 That was really cool, seeing Andreu ride a normal trail, not trying to go crazy but still having a good time! And Fabien with the backflip!
  • + 4
 It was a nice way to finish. We don't see it properly but the way Fabian is looking sideways at the landing I'm guessing the flip was a little corked as well.
  • + 4
 Ya it's awesome to see athletes enjoying the sport as a whole and not just their perspective discipline. I had no idea Andreu had trail skills like this. Sweet video!
  • + 19
 " YEEEAAH!!!...You can do backflips!!! Smile
  • + 2
 Its interesting to see Fab riding with Andreu...I think i remember him talking mad shit about freeriders in one of the first few NWD films. ..."freeriders arejust people that never made it to races and couldn't win" or something to that affect. Well damn he's come a long way. wait...That was fabien barrel and not cedric gracia, right?
  • + 6
 Nice reference MP29.. hah Wink
  • + 1
 Ya I think that was the same interview that he said the US doesn't have a top World Cup rider because we lack the discipline to train hard. Correct me if I'm wrong but I know I heard him say that.
  • + 5
 Rpedal, that was Gracia, trash talking is not really Barel's style.
  • + 2
 Ooops you said it was Andreu, I still recall gracia saying it though. Easy to forget how growing up in the alps or wherever helps your riding!!!
  • + 1
 hahahaha zach i didnt even see your comment but i just said the exact same thing on the actual videos comment haha. the irie minds think alike i suppose Razz
  • + 5
 If it was Gracia , he was probably just being a funny shit and making a joke as usual. If not , boy did Gwin show him.
  • + 4
 Gracia explained in one of the first NWD movies that the first freeriders were riders who didn't make it to racing.... so it's not really thrash talking or making jokes about freeriders, it is how it actually started. Smile
  • + 1
 Andreu got his start racing DH. He and his brother were featured in Dirt 1 or 2 years ago ripping trails.
  • + 1
 Alright Fabien, now we wanna see you stick that flip on the dirt! Fun video to watch. These make my work day much much better.
  • + 1
 I see...
  • + 20
 Someone has to tell Andreu to stop riding with his iPhone in his pocket Smile
  • + 11
 As for Barel's backflip..... whoever said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks is dead wrong! The dude is just a true ripper and puts his years to shame. Mad props.
  • + 3
 Nice video, but I have a question. The first part of the video is in the Pisquerra area of Bardenas Reales in Spain. It is not allowed to access this area anymore, not by bike and not even walking, due to ecological reasons. How did you get these pictures? Did you have a special permision? ...I'm just curious Confused
www.diariodenavarra.es/noticias/navarra/tudela_ribera/bardenas_prohibe_acceso_turistas_parte_del_parque_para_proteger_las_aves_rapaces.html
  • + 2
 When I lived in Barcelona, I rode at a little bike park, dirt jump area that Andrue built and rode at, the jumps were sick sick sick... Great to see a dude living his dream... Seeing him at Crankworx in the flesh again was great, a fantastic competitor... Feel he will come away with a big win again this year..... Great video again from Fabien..... Top marks
  • + 2
 He rips to 11 on the bike (and in this case it is really more than 10!).

Check out his URGE products too... cool gear and its for a good cause. Ride to have fun, and help the world out -> Uncle Fab rocks!
  • + 3
 Andreu used to race world cup DH before he signed with Kona Clump... years ago...
  • + 1
 now he is signed under YT industries. def a step forward
  • + 2
 I think that was on Earthed series it can been watched Andreu racing roots, so he must to have some trail skills. The Champ has such a good-vibe personality.
  • + 1
 I'm sure him and his bro did some world cups a while back.
  • + 1
 An absolute god on a bike! I don't think there is any rider out there with his totally unique style. Those one foot table'y things are outstanding.
  • + 3
 In the second picture the mountain in the bask looks like a walrus lama.
  • + 2
 anyone one got any idea of where the desert is? and dont say spain, i know that much.
  • + 1
 The still photos with this piece are absolutely AMAZING. Such a cool mix of several different styles to tell the story! Honestly my favorite set this year! Smile Smile Smile
  • + 2
 I wanna see Barel make a video like his segment in NWD 8, that was a great section
  • + 3
 Is that mavic gear is wearing ?
  • + 1
 Yea! Mavic also makes biking apparel as well as wheels.
  • + 1
 thought so. it must be new because it is not up on the website.
  • + 2
 fabien it's a legend, andreu is to, magnific riding, does two find their flow for sure.
  • + 2
 i loved the little desert part shows how good a allround rider andreu really is
  • + 2
 Loving Andreu's badass riding glasses.
  • + 1
 Do you know which glasses are they? badass for sure Big Grin
  • + 2
 as always, excellent video!
  • + 2
 You think that was Fabien's first flip?...
  • + 1
 Great Vid. It was fun to watch those dudes shred that spectacular desert line.
  • + 1
 pictures 3 and 4 are amazing. also like the style..buy this place in the middle of nowhere and just build. perfect.
  • + 2
 That roll-in... wow.
  • + 3
 no thanks!
  • + 5
 This is what he can do with it Big Grin . www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDmBe_21cJ4
  • + 4
 Roll in? More like launch pad.
  • + 3
 Ohhhh my god. That video was amazing Martin. I can't remember the last time I was just completely speechless watching an mtb film.
  • + 1
 Dude is the SHIT!
  • + 1
 Fabien looks such a cool dude
  • + 2
 HE IS!!!, I met him in Australia. He came to our local race before the World Champs in Canberra.. He was so approachable and gave his time to anybody who wanted to chat to him!!!!
  • + 1
 Barel just looks FAST... Good on Andreu and the YT deal
  • + 1
 Awesome pictures! who's the photographer?
  • + 1
 Andreu, please start racing again.
  • + 1
 This guy is really inspirational, I have a new found respect for this kid.
  • + 1
 I love this YT bike that andrew is riding! i want it now!
  • + 1
 Perfect location for Freeride & DH, the video looks fantastic...
  • + 2
 Andreu = Official badass
  • + 1
 Andreu's riding face... =o
  • + 1
 this was nice
  • + 1
 looks like so much fun
  • + 1
 Nice Iphone !
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