34-year-old freeride legend Paul Basagoitia has signed with the Canyon Cllctv and will represent the brand using their eMTB range.
Paul announced himself in mountain biking in 2004, when, as a 17-year-old, he showed up at the Crankworx Slopestyle Contest in Whistler without a bike of his own, let alone any sponsors, and won. It was a defining victory for Bas and the beginning of an impressive career that would take him all around the world, scoring numerous international wins. Unfortunately, Bas's career came to an abrupt halt after a crash at Red Bull Rampage fractured his T12 vertebra and damaged his spinal cord.
Paul's miraculous recovery was documented in the Sports Emmy nominated 'Any One of Us' documentary
. Through incredibly hard work and the generous support of the mountain biking community
, Paul was able to overcome a prognosis that told him he might never walk again. Today, more than five years have passed since the accident and, while he still walks with a stick, he is back on the bike
and uses eMTBs to overcome the limitations of his body.