Getting to Know: Kirill Benderoni, Russia's Freerider

Jun 17, 2017
by Harrison Fetter  
Kirill Benderoni

Blunt and to the point, Kirill prefers to let his bike skills talk for him. The Moscow native rides with a hard charging style and fearless determination that landed him a wildcard invite to Rampage in 2013. Even in less than ideal conditions Kirill continues to push his limits. While he may not consider himself a pro level mountain biker it's safe to say he is pretty damn close.

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Who is Kirill Benderoni?

Just an average guy who loves riding bikes and exploring the world.

Where are you from and where do you live?

I’m from Russia and I live in Moscow.

What are your strengths?

Well, I can spend the whole night in a freight train wagon to explore some new riding areas.

What are your weaknesses?

Street riding. I’m one of the worst street riders the world has ever seen.

What’s been your worst crash over the years?

I remember flipping a small stepdown, landing on my face and being knocked out for maybe five minutes. It happened ten years ago, and yes, I was wearing a full-face helmet.

Where are your favorite trails?

Not too far from my home.

Kirill Benderoni

What bikes are you riding right now?

I’m riding a hardtail built by Experimental Bikes and my old Bergamont Straitline fully. I should get a new big bike pretty soon though.

What is the biggest challenge about being a freerider in Russia?

One of the main problems here is the lack of riders. It’s always hard to find company to travel with or helpers for building stuff.

Any big projects or trips planned for the rest of this year?

I definitely have some plans, but I’d like to talk about things when they’ve already happened.

You received a wildcard invite to Rampage in 2013. Would you like to go again?

Those times were hard. I had lots of technical problems with my bike, and I wasn’t really ready for an event like Rampage. Yes, it would be cool to try again before I get too old for that.

Kirill Benderoni

Who’s your favorite rider?

I like watching those who can go fast and high on any line. Larry Edgar might be a good example.

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?

Making music, hitch-hiking and all kinds of travelling.

Who or what inspires you?

Time flies pretty fast, and you’re getting older every day. I think that’s a good inspiration for doing anything.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’d work until 2 or 3p.m., then I would go riding until the evening, and then I’d probably spend some time with my girlfriend. Nothing too special.

Kirill Benderoni

What’s your favorite non-bike website?

What’s your favorite motto or saying?

I like this one:

‘Listen to the mustn’t's, child, listen to the don’ts,
Listen to the shouldn't's, the impossibles, the won’ts,
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me –
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.’ – Shel Silverstein.

What grinds your gears?

People acting like they’re too cool.

If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?

I’ve never been a pro mountain biker. Maybe I can still become one some day, who knows?

Where do you think the future of freeride is headed?

Well, it’s obviously getting closer to skiing and moto freeriding. And this is the right way to go, I think.

How do you want to be remembered?

First of all, as a nice and kind-hearted person. Everything else is not that important.

What does the future hold for Kirill Benderoni?

I hope to get a little better in mountain biking.

Kirill Benderoni


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 This dude is going bigger than most, been looking at his riding for some time, he needs more promotion and sponsorship. He's incredible!
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 At the same time, with sponsorship comes certain responsibilities. Maybe he just wants to keep doing his thing, make some videos, build some stuff and get a little help on bikes and whatnot
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 @trialsracer: I think he had a hard time at the rampage he went to, and everyone was too quick to talk shit abiut him.

He's an absolute animal on a bike, and for that alone he has my respect.
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 @trialsracer: Agreed. I get the feeling that the corporate aspect of sponsorship responsibilities doesn't appeal to him. Hitchhiking and riding freight trains to get to freeride spots is as grassroots as it gets! Probably the only company that could mesh with his lifestyle is YT.

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 @jaame: I was just thinking about Benderoni the other day. Imagine traveling half way around the world, absolutely wrecking yourself trying to get one crazy stunt working, and then having dozens of people talk shit about how you let down your sponsors. Everyone on this site deserves a major kick in the ass for letting that happen.

Anyway, it was cool to see what he's been up to. It would be awesome for him to hook up with fest series.
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 @thedeathstar: it was disgraceful. I felt ashamed to be a human at that time.
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 I am so glad he sorted things out and is sending it again. Props from Australia Kirill!
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 @jaame: major respect...perfect answer for "what motivates you?'
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 what a chill down to earth guy
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 Couldn't agree more this dude is one bad mofo!
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 Anyone else think he should get his own Fest stop in Russia? That location looks perfect, give him a couple diggers and call it the Iron Curtain or something. I think it would be a sweet addition to the lineup.
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 Go Russia or go home.
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 In mother Russia, Russia goes home.......wut..
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 This guys pretty cool. Pretty lax and humble for hitting big shit and pushing as much as he is.
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 Good job Pinkbike ! Love those ''Getting to know'' articles.
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 I read this in a russian accent
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 Rad dudes, Russia seems to breed tough mofo's as evident in the vid, yeah Fest series would be sweet for them.
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 He should come to a FEST series event. I bet he would KIriLL it.
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 You guys are so badass!!!! Looking forward to riding And partying with you guys one day... makes me want to come to Russia for a free ride session!!! Keep it up!
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 Fantastic alternative cyclist and alternate thoughts to the usual Western modes and cliches. Kill and his videos have a soul where the spirit of the brother is breathing.
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 Anyone else get a kick out of the fact that his last name is "Benderoni"?
Josh Benders distant Russian relative??
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 It's not his real name! He's paying homage.
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 Not his real name
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 Remember all the hate posts on him at Rampage 13.
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 Good luck, guys! You've put in some serious work and deserve to ride wherever you want.
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 Keep at it dude - massive buzz off every edit you put out
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 Soul of a Free Rider.
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 Nice work!..Great Vid, and Awesome riding you guys!!!
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 He's a legend to me. An insane rider and a great no bs type guy.
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 Not sure his girlfriend will be happy about that comment Razz
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 It's a shame for Rampage 2013. I hope there will be an attempt at revenge. I wonder why the Russians have not unsubscribed.
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 Really like his interview responses.........sounds like a super dude
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 cyka blyat
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 In Russia its called ridefree and bike rides you
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 benderoni is the czar of russia
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 somebody sign these pair of guys up.
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 The World needs more People like these Guys! Respect!
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 Great video
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 Badass rider!

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