Lluis and Andreu Lacondeguy are the Spanish brothers that have conquered the freeride world in 2006. They had wild appearances at the major slopestyle and dirt contests, so much so that even Derek Westerlund made sure they get a segment in his upcoming 16mm freeride movie “Flying High Again”.
In August 2006 rasoulution and the Lacondeguy family agreed in Barcelona that from now on rasoulution will manage the 19 year old Lluis and his 17 year old brother Andreu.Mountainbiking has definitely changed over the past few years. These days there are so many different opportunities to catch attention from the bike scene, so besides the classic cross-country racing and the DH racing, there are a few more new so to call “disciplines” that made their way up the mountainbike latter. Dirt jump contests and slopestyle events are getting more and more popular. The public gets to experience the mountainbike sport from a different perspective with extreme excitement and even the scene testifies the huge progression of freeriding.
Most of the talent is coming out of North America (USA and Canada). It took a few years until some key European athletes went into the big contests, at first as rookies and suddenly as the favourites.
Lluis and Andreu Lacondeguy are brothers from Spain who started racing BMX when they were kids. Soon they switched to DH racing and had a couple of good results in the national series. But for the past two years the Catalan brothers have got more and more into dirt jumping and freeriding.
So in May 2006 they came to Linz to ride at the Austrian King of Dirt (AKOD). Even though they didn’t win the contest, everyone started speaking about the two youngsters. Andreu pulled a backflip-tailwhip and Lluis showed these crazy nothing-seatgraps or nothing-to nofoot cancans. A few weeks later the brothers came to Europe’s biggest dirt jump competition in Leogang, Austria- the BRAUN 26TRIX. Braun sponsored a wildcard for the Red Bull District Ride for the best rookie. At the end of the day all the pros were stoked to see two new guys killing it and bringing some extra Spanish flavour to the scene. Andreu got 2nd behind Cam McCaul and won the wildcard for the District Ride in Catania.
A couple of weeks later the two brothers came to the Red Bull Trailfox in Switzerland and rocked at the best trick's contest. There was another wildcard for the District Ride plus some cash up for grabs and Lluis threw down and won the other wildcard.
At the Red Bull District Ride Andreu placed 3rd in the overall ranking close behind the American freeride guns Paul Bas and Cam McCaul and Andreu’s brother made it into the top 20, even though he was injured still from Nuremberg.
2006 was an exciting year for the “Spanish flies”. Although they had definitely great successes and did all the big freeride comps like the Adidas Slopestyle, the BRAUN 26TRIX, the Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle and the Red Bull District Ride, the best experience for both of them is riding together with the guys that love to do the same, which is mountainbiking in extreme terrain and jumping massive gaps with the craziest tricks. Andreu mentioned one time: “The best moment in 2006 was when we were riding with the best riders of the world in Whistler!”
Expect to see both riders showing their mad skills for Freeride Entertainment’s new movie “Flying High Again” which will be released at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas at the end of September and about 10 days later in Europe at the Roc d’Azur festival in Fréjus, France.
rasoulution will manage the brothers in order to find them the appropriate partners and coordinate their whole activities during the following years. Andreu and Lluis join the athlete program of rasoulution which includes riders like the Norwegian freeride pros Trond Hansen and Niels Windfeldt as well as the 2006 4X Vice World Champion Roger Rinderknecht and the Euro BMX legend Benny Korthaus.
Theses days the Lacondeguy bros are filming in Canada and then they will head to Belgrade for the next freeride contest - the Red Bull Vozi Bre - in mid September.
Keep your eyes peeled from now on -You will see Andreu and Lluis at most international freeride and dirt contests in 2007 or maybe you'll open a magazine one of these days and see some photos of the two, you never know!
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