Podcast: Fabien Barel's Philosophical Approach to Racing

Aug 8, 2019
by Downtime Podcast  
Photo - Boris Beyer

Words Chris Hall: Photo Boris Beyer

This week, I’m joined by Fabien Barel. I grew up watching Fabien race, so when I got the chance to sit down with him at the Les Gets World Cup, I was super excited. We sat down after hours in the Canyon pits and chatted about a more philosophical approach to racing and life in general. We hear Fabien’s thoughts on the importance of passion, how he tries to instill that in the Canyon team, and we touch on his 5 pillars of riding. I love the way Fabien thinks about things, and we were a little short of time… so part 2 will follow in the near future. If you’ve got any questions for Fabien then leave them in the comments below and we’ll try and address them in part 2.

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 Stoked on this podcast! Fabien is one of the most calculated and scientific racers ever. Read every interview with him I could find when I was racing and over the last 20 years have shared a lot of what I learned from him with racers I coach.

My question: I seem to remember an interview where he said to prepare for the world Championships at a place he knew would be cold and likely raining he did his visualization/imagery in a cold shower. Would love to hear the story again and hear is take on the importance of imagery.
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 Nice question... I've heard him mention that too. Cheers @BetterRide
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 It's interesting how appears so calculated, yet he explains that he would really push himself beyond his limits in his race runs to go for the win, and that he's driven by the adrenaline rush from racing/riding. It's defenitely a combination that makes him so special!
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 Fabian is the Philosopher of MTB. His interview of a few years back and vision on optimum and maximum of a track, insanely inspirational!
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 Very inspiring. Have Been Following the dh circus since 2000 and he was always präsent with his strong passionate expression. as a Weekend warrior racing once in a while this helps. Merci fabien for These insights!!
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 Dude is intense. Glad to get some insight into how he approaches riding, racing, and life. Love these podcasts.
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 It's more important to visualize what you're going to do than practice doing it

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