Return of Darren Berrecloth

Aug 6, 2011
by Karl Burkat  
Earlier this year Darren broke his back riding some jumps by his house. Didn't take long for him to claw his way back into competitions.



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40 Comments

  • 64 0
 I'm always impressed by Claw's motivation, class, and positive attitude. That said, the guy needs to CHILL long enough to get fully better! He's definitely an anomaly as the the doctor stated, 99.9% of people with these type of injuries are permanently debilitated let alone riding their bikes off stuff 99.9% of us can't ride. We often put virtues such as resilience, and hardwork on a pedestal, and they deserve to be there, but they should be tempered with knowledge and wisdom. I hope Darren can continue to do what he's known for in the years to come, throwing down with style and class, but he'll need to be more mindful of his body for that to be possible; it's not a machine, although you have us all believing it could be Smile
  • 3 0
 whats that guy doing with the broom stick at 2.06 lol
  • 3 0
 after 8 weeks off the bike with a broken back and then back on the bike for barely three days, then flies to a competition, then gets sick and goes to the hospital, and then with only a few hours of practice goes to the comp and throws down what would have been a great run if he wouldn't have fallen on the last jumps, then goes and builds one of the best mtb courses ever? I'd describe him as dedicated and a good rider, wouldn't you?
  • 40 0
 haha i love semenuk's description of darren
  • 4 0
 Darren is a beast, and defiantly an inspiration!
  • 1 0
 He truly lives up to his his nickname, "Bearclaw."
  • 7 0
 "ride some bikes, ride more bikes, ride this spot, kill a dear, eat diner, ride bikes"
man i wana be pro.
  • 11 0
 BEARCLAW IS THE MAN, ALWAYS KEEPING IT REAL, TRUE LEGAND, AMBASSADOR TO THE SPORT.
  • 6 0
 When I heard broken back, I though he would be down for like half, maybe a full season. Not like a couple of months, the mans a tank, no one ( or atleast I wont ) make fun of him for taking a break for a season...Hes such an inspiration, if im too look up to anyone it would be him, mc caul, and semenuk.
  • 4 0
 He's even struggling to walk. Needing to take the time out big B!! Its hard to repair your back if you keep taking hits. Lets hope he can just surrender and take the time out to heel, it will benefit the longevity of his amazing talent!!
  • 3 0
 I rarely write anything on the vids. I usually just throw some props to good comments but Darren is such a great guy. A true inspiration for so many and such a great ambassador for the sport.
He may not be the most naturally talented but he overcomes that with shear determination and such a strong work ethic. He is definitely one of my all time favorite riders and definitely someone I'd like to emulate more in life and on the bike.
Way to go Claw!

But maybe take it a little easy when you get some time Smile Let that back finish healing properly. We need guys like you to have a long career in this sport.
  • 6 0
 That is a man with dedication.
  • 4 0
 Amazing story, hes incredibly resilient. On a different note, Specialized is insanely good at making videos. They're just so well put together, and easy/enjoyable to watch.
  • 5 0
 If you open up a dictionary and look up the the term "The Man", you'll find Darren Berrecloth as the definition.
  • 5 0
 the claw is the definition of freeride mtb. what a frickin machine
  • 4 0
 He is such an inspiration to me haha it's craZy ... He just never stays down!
  • 5 0
 and why isn't he in the hall of fame?!?
  • 4 0
 Much respect for the Claw.
  • 2 0
 Amazing guy! Can't believe what he's accomplished so far after breaking his back! Which is a big deal!
  • 2 0
 I go to the same doc as him! and why is there a code on his p3 not a saint?
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah, the return of the claw. AWESOME for me the sickest rider on the freeride scene
  • 1 0
 agreed!
  • 2 0
 toughest mf'er in freeride. or slopestyle. or whatever you wanna call it. constant inspiration is what I like to call it.
  • 1 0
 its great to see him back on the bike! i was so glad he was able to do the Bearclaw course! its so sick!
  • 3 0
 ..return of the jedi ^^
  • 1 0
 'gettin back on my bike.. . like i ought to do' - sums it up - guy is a machine!
  • 1 0
 woooo there's some of my footage in this video Smile Darren is one tough mofo!!
  • 1 0
 what i would do to just ride as my career... every day!
  • 1 0
 Man on a mission!!! Beast
  • 1 0
 Nothin gonna break my stride
  • 1 0
 RideOn! This story is very inspirational!
  • 1 0
 Hell Yeah! The Claws an inspiration to all mtb'ers! Hardcore4sure.
  • 1 0
 God doesn't say Darren Berrecloth's name in vain.
  • 1 0
 Sweet!!! Some of my footage from Claymore is in here Smile
  • 1 0
 I have alot of respect for him!
  • 1 0
 THE CLAW, nough said...
  • 1 0
 yeah, this guy is just a myth!!!! congrats claw for the things you did and you still do for the bicycle sports fans!!! =]
  • 1 0
 the return of the sick!
  • 1 0
 What a machine!

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