Darren Berrecloth - Post Red Bull Rampage Interview

Oct 7, 2010 at 11:53
Oct 7, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
 
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The dust has settled and the 2010 Red Bull Rampage has all wrapped up. Darren Berrecloth's unique line earned him 3rd spot on the podium. We caught up to Darren at his home after a quick hunting mission to talk about his Red Bull Rampage experience this year.

Read on,



Two weeks ago we sat down and talked about your recovery from your broken hand at Kokanee Crankworx in Whistler and now we’re back, but this time to talk about your visit to the podium at Red Bull Rampage! Congrats on your run!

You said that you were taking both bikes to the desert, I see you went for the Demo 8 and after watching the live feed on Pinkbike, I have to say that you made the right choice. What was the final decision maker once you got down there
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You chose the same general line that you went for in 2008, tell us about that line and what it meant to finally put it all together? How many attempts have you made at that particular line over the years? What made it all click this time?

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Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga


Why did you choose to not use any pre-built features? Who was in your build crew helping you out?

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Photo by Ian Hylands
Photo by Ian Hylands

Photo by Ian Hylands
Photo by Ian Hylands


Your approach to the event in terms of your very unique line made the judges have to really look at your run, what was your thought process behind your line in order to score the highest possible run?

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Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga


Let’s watch your run from the event, and get you to walk us through it:

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How close were you to eating it at the top of run #2? We were all WHOA!

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Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga


Do you think that being physically stronger than a lot of other riders plays into effect and being able to really hold on and muscle your way around on a course like the Red Bull Rampage?

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Photo by Ian Hylands
Photo by Ian Hylands

Photo by Ian Hylands
Photo by Ian Hylands


Why did you stop before the end of your run? What would you have done had you missed the 4 minute timer for a little technicality like that? I personally was sitting at my comp going “Come on Darren, cross the fricken line already!

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Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga


How cool is it to see a move that you brought to MTB (360ing a drop) being taken to this sort of level with Zink’s 360 off the Oakley Icon Sender?

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Are you happy with third? Are you happy with how Rampage played out this year? Is it taking freeride in the right direction?

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Now that the contest season is all wrapped up, what have you got planned for yourself?

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Photo by Margus Riga



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47 Comments

  • + 16
 Dear Pinkbike, I don't have sound on this computer and am disappointed I can't read this interview. Please change everything about the site to suit my needs. Sincerely, you're friendly neighborhood Unhallowed.
  • + 12
 Dear Pinkbike, I concur with Unhallowed; reading is healthy. There are enough commenting tards on here who don't know how to spell, so let's not make it easy for them. All this is doing is contributing to society's language breakdown.

Sincerely,
Me
  • + 4
 Another vote for text interview from an owner of a mute work computer.
  • + 1
 Please buy headphones, Air Canada sells them for $3 on flights and those are what I use most of the time now. Sorry guys, we are trying a variety of formats for the news and some may make you sad as you can't fully experience the news. Best of luck at work and getting your bosses (especially you Matt) to let you hear what you are missing Smile
  • + 6
 yeah, but you got to buy a plane ticket to get them a 3$ :p

still for people who mostly speak other language then english (wich a lot of people on pinkbike do. including me) it is quite easier to read then listen... my english is fine..but sometime i need to playback.
  • + 5
 Don't forget about the hearing impaired, or those still rockin dial-up. Wink
  • + 9
 My post was mostly in jest, but my computer actually doesn't have sound at all. Too much pr0n and spilled drinks. If simply plugging headphones in would work I would gladly do so.
  • + 7
 my boss is an ass****
  • + 2
 Hahaha I know guys, it's just tough to make a deadline with huge replies etc. and we've never used audio besides on video until recently and it's been well received. We'll keep you in mind, but be warned, the Zink interview has audio too.
  • + 1
 I see it as lazy reporting. Reading is far easier to skim through and read bits you find interesting than listening to a long drawn out audio file.
  • + 12
 personally i think Darren deserved a higher placing because his line was soooo much more difficult than what the other guys were throwing down.. although Zink's 3 drop was insane!!
  • + 3
 zink 3 was sick...but rest of his run was not that much original and mostly prebuilt stuff. i prefer older rampage because there was more different lines... prebuilt stuff focus riders to hit the same stuff
  • + 13
 Oh yea...you done us canadians proud!
  • + 8
 I love these rider profile write ups
  • + 3
 The rampage is insane!! I'm thinking that more and more slopestyle is sneaking in on the event maybe I'm a little to old school but I think the runs should stay more raw not groomed whats with the groomed jumps for tricks this isn't slopestyle it should stay raw gnarly and untouched! The event is still the best thing ever to watch for mtn biking and the riders must have a third nuttt to go that big!
  • + 4
 this event should defiantly stay natural (the way this sport started)... lets ratio more points for big mountain stuff, and leave whistler to the dirty/insane slopestyle trickery
  • + 3
 Agreed! Raked runs into wooden booters are a bit Krankworks/ Slopestyle. A crazy line attempt is just as respectable as a jump with a trick thrown in. Still a sick event, not complainging about my Sunday.
  • + 1
 I understand the benefits of doing the sound interviews and I'm glad you guys are doing it. It lets you put more news and interviews out there. Good job and I look forward to more of it.

For those that need sound cards.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829126005 . It will fit nearly every computer and its only $9.99 plus shipping. If you cant come up with the money, how will you ever bike?!
  • + 3
 Pre-built stuff isnt that rad,big all mountain is what MTB'ing is all about,expressing your feelings on the way you ride and visualise the terain and build natural lines.
  • + 3
 Darren has his views exactly right. He's doing what freeriding should leaning towards. And they need to do more of these kinds of interviews, its a really cool idea.
  • + 1
 Besides those with sound issues, no headphones, or impaired hearing, this creates yet another content format I cannot see on my iPhone or iPad.

This is a plea for non-flash video content, pleeeeease! I dread to think how many iOS devices out there cannot see pinkbikes most exciting content, I think it's in the 10's of millions now. Vimeo and Mpora have sorted it (Mpora with an decent App at least).

Please at least append the soundbite-style interviews responses with standard text! Thankyou please.
  • + 3
 Killer ride by the Claw, repin' Van.Isl. BC in the desret with true oldshool FR style !! The source of so many amazing cyclists of all ranks... BC riders RULE the planet !!
  • + 3
 BC riders kill it. But Cam Zink is from the US of A, and I think he won Rampage.
  • + 1
 Yes, Zinks American sized 360 was undeniably worthy. Royaly topped off his season after the win at Whistler.... My unresearched bet is, that per capita, this province cranks out more world class riding talent than any other place on earth. Name any cycling disipline and BC is home to one or more top end competitors.
  • + 1
 I certainly wont argue that
  • + 1
 cool to hear him talk about it all. I think he probably should have placed higher too, although he did have quite an area of flat out just pedaling in there... Still, lots of respect that he rode HIS line, his stunts, keeping the big mountain aspect of the contest. Maybe the riders should judge themselves next time...
  • + 1
 for me he was the best on the rampage, coz he hade the whole ran realy technical and difficult paths, Zink made an awsome trick but it's not enough to win the whole rampege for meSmile
  • + 5
 Berrecloth rock!
  • + 2
 I am glad Cam won. (American pride of course) but Darren is legendary, prolly my favorite rider ever.. except Tippie. obviously.
  • + 1
 too bad the embedded voice clips wont play on my smartphone. but the pictures are rad Smile
  • + 1
 Happy to see Berrecloth on the podium. Been a big fan for years! Hope to see more in the future.
  • + 2
 I whish there was only ONE audio file to listen to !!!
  • + 1
 awesome interview. years later he is still my favorite rider. keep killing it dude.
  • + 1
 Cam's 360 step down action was on Sport Center Top Plays today. Pretty Awesome!
  • + 1
 yeah I saw that!
  • + 1
 Thats awesome!
  • + 2
 Nice work....sick run!
  • + 2
 Sick!
  • + 1
 Looks fucking awsome!
  • + 22
 I really wish he won, hes so right about the pre built stuff.
  • + 1
 So awesome to hear him talk about this stuff. It's like he is taking my thoughts and saying them, but from him it is much more factual rather than my speculation. I would love to see more big mountain comps, the buzz around this event was unreal and it didn't disappoint.
  • + 6
 My favorite is the "Just a little bunny hop over the canyon right here" ...
  • + 2
 he seems so rattled about the judging, but he should have at least gotten second, his line was creative and he nailed it in the end.
  • + 1
 great interview PB

awesome riding Darren Berrecloth Smile
  • + 1
 Incredible!
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