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Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.



What you have here is a real mountain bike ride, a day in the life of a pro. Like the postal service, neither rain nor shine, snow nor sleet… Professional mountain bikers are apart from their bikes for only a small handful of reasons: travel, sickness, injury and strategically chosen rest days. When you compete for a living, travel is inevitable, rest days are a rare blessing, and sickness and injury keep you from making money. Training days are paramount. Sure, it’s the race days that pay the bills, but it’s all that time preparing that gets you to the finish line faster.



Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.



What you see is not a video edit pieced together with carefully choreographed and sessioned bits of trail. There was no “una mas” uttered during the filming of this, no “go back up two turns and do it again.” Instead, this is an honest look at how a Frenchman and an Australian spend a springtime training day in Vancouver, BC. Apart from a wee bit of smiling for the camera and the odd stop to play with tire pressures and suspension settings — the two teammates were also testing their new SRAM ROAM 60 wheels — Barelli and Carlson just kept “swimming” up and down Mount Seymour, banging out 33.9 rain-soaked kilometers and climbing 1,324 meters over the 4 hours and 40 minutes we filmed them. They weren’t quite finished when we turned off the cameras, either.

Like the Frenchman and the blue cartoon fish say, “Just keep swimming.”



Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.

Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.
Images by Adrian Marcoux for SRAM s Riding for real with Yoann Barelli and Josh Carlson article.




Trailforks

Severed D, 5 laps — One of the oldest trails on Mt Seymour, the trail has seen a major overhaul thanks to the NSMBA TAP program and it need be mentioned, this re-birth was only made possible with thanks to the hard work from Martin & Penny. The boggy swamp traverse across the top has now become a fast & flowy pump track that puts you into a rowdy descent. Includes a few skinnies all low to the ground, and several small rock rolls, some of which may be dropped. Lower Severed (after the Shorn turn off) has a very steep section with some black/double black optional lines. If you wish to avoid the technical descent, turn off at CBuster to take a cruisy descent on Asian Adonis or bail out lower down at Shorn Scrotum to connect to C-Buster. Unfortunately, both options mean you'll miss the happy ending on Severed, one of the trails’ best parts. — trailforks.com



Upper Dale's Trail, 2 laps (combined with Forever After) — Newly machined by Joy Ride Bike Parks, this trail is now very fast and flowy. If you wish to continue on flow trails it is suggested that you turn left at the bottom of this trail (before the ladder bridge), climb back to the Mushroom Connector and back down to the New Severed entrance to access the lower trail network. If you want to continue on Lower Dales expect Old School technical.



Forever After, 2 laps (combined with Dale’s Trail) — Described as mostly blue with a couple 'black diamond' moves, this is primarily a downhill XC trail complete with climbs, some pedaling and a downhill section at the end with rock faces, berms, some high speed and even an optional drop. Going through some stunningly lush micro valleys, this trail was primarily built with efforts by the NSMBA. Continue straight across Bridle Path into the High School League trail, another NSMBA project, to feel the full power of the FLOW! The name is a combination in tribute to the Trails Forever Fund, from which funding was derived to complete the project and the utilization of existing portions of Aftertaste.





Video by: Mind Spark Cinema / @mindspark
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux / @amarcouxphotos
Words by: Joe Parkin

sram.com / @SramMedia




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  • 92 1
 It's such a breath of fresh air when you get an edit that is so well made and so different from what we've been getting. Nice originality!! And it somehow makes me miss rain lol
  • 13 1
 Agreed, this was a great edit..... It makes riding in the rain look like a lot more fun than it sometimes can be.
I'll watch this next time I say "nah, it's raining outside"
  • 7 0
 @Waldon83: It's always more fun to ride in the rain when you ride with a bike buddy… or two! Wink
  • 9 0
 I liked the silence and that "normal" riding.
  • 2 0
 @BartDM: So nice not to hear some tone death audio that some call music. Just as it should be.
  • 2 1
 @Andy-ap: you got the point. When I am at home after riding I still have those noices in my head, just love it!
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what those front mud guards are?
Wouldn't mind one of those at all
  • 47 0
 Intoxicating soundtrack.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely!
  • 1 0
 Letting the edit play while reading the rest of the article made for a wickid online experience
  • 19 0
 Okay so I train like a pro but only twice a week and half the climbing and on less tech trails. Okay I don't train like a pro :-(
  • 2 1
 LOL!
  • 20 1
 The second I finished it, I watched it again. One of the most well made edit's I've seen; every aspect is just amazing.
  • 13 0
 Here in Sweden they have started with lift assistance on enduro competitions on hills with 150meters of elevation... In my opinion that is simply ridiculous and it gives our riders a completely skewed image of what it takes. The clash with reality will be hard when going out on the big scene, so hard that some just can't cope with the thought of it.

It takes top level fitness to cope with an EWS weekend or a multiday race like Trans Provence. So I would like to see a lot more of this kind of videos that show what really go in to being "up there" as a pro. There are simply no shortcuts just hard hard work 24/7.
  • 9 1
 Hopefully it's gonna be a fashion to skip shabby musics in bike videos just to keep THE real sound that makes those so much sexier. That video represents so well the wonderful sport we practice: friendship, communion with nature, challenges and exciting risks, unmeasurable fun, personal fulfillment, positive addiction Smile
  • 11 0
 middle of may and i already miss the rain.
  • 2 0
 A year and a half in souther Australia. Never thought I'd miss the rain and colour green so much.
  • 10 0
 @kurtwerby: What is green?
  • 2 0
 @Grutten: I'll let you know when I get back from New Zealand in a few weeks.
  • 10 0
 Raddest EWS team for sure!!
  • 3 1
 I had the privilege of riding with these guys in Chile for this year's EWS Corral, this is real mountaibiking and I think a 1300 m climbing day is like a warm up for these guys!!! Raddest EWS team fosho!!!
  • 8 0
 Lap 7?!? Pedalling? These guys aren't human. And you know Barelli is probably still bouncing off the walls at the end of that ride
  • 6 0
 Yeah we humans are done after 2-3 shuttle laps.. Or is it just me....
  • 1 6
flag Primoz (May 10, 2016 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 I was wondering what the time it took them to complete this ride was. Seems a bit slow to me. I'm anything but fast (no where near even national level enduro rider's capabilities i think), and i do 800 vertical meters and ~20 km in about 2 hours - ~1:45 for pure riding, ~2:15 with the stops at the top to change some clothes and the like.

On the other end, a couple of weekends ago we did 38 kilometers and ~1800 (mobile phone Strava) vertical meters in 3:30 of pure riding or in 5:04 in car to car terms. But i was easily the second strongest rider of five in that group and two of the others had some leg problems.

I'm not saying either of the two in the video are slow, it's just i was expecting for that lap to be banged out in something like 2:30 or max 3 hours Smile
  • 5 0
 @Primoz: Distance and elevation are only a very small part of the puzzle. The technicality of the trail has a huge difference on average speed.

Then you've got to consider that not every ride is done at flat out pace... and they had film crew along with them who needed to setup and get the shot.
  • 1 1
 @Primoz: What you don't quite see on the video is that every single trail they ride is decently technical. There is no resting time anywhere. Even the climbing trail they are on is an ass kicker. I can almost do twice more elevation gain if climbing on a gravel road than on these trails for the same amount of time spent on the bike.
  • 1 0
 @Primoz: Also consider that this could have been their 3rd or 4th day 'on' with the other days spent blasting full gas or hammering gym workouts.
  • 1 8
flag Primoz (May 10, 2016 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 Previous trainings shouldn't have much of an effect on performance, at least not in the range of adding about an hour. I did used to race xc BTW and i do know what you are trying to say, but just the last Friday I went reasonably fast (not flat out) on My fifth ride in seven days (the first being the five hour one I mentioned) and almost set a new uphill pb (admittedly I am in a much better shape than the years before, when I srt that pb).

As for technicalities, I ride the alps, where the climbs are steep. And the trails are rocky and rooty, I don't ride fire roads (well, I do on the climbs, but not all the time).

As for the film crew, it is said they were just riding and we're being filmed, no reruns. That means the film crew should have zero effect on the time.

Again, not saying they aren't well prepared or anything, it's just a bit puzzling, I was S expecting a much quicker pace. This pace looks like I could keep up and I expect them to be waaaaay faster than me both up and down.
  • 4 0
 @Primoz: may as well join the ews then, see where you stack up
  • 2 0
 @Primoz: If you come ride the Shore you will understand. It's a frustratingly slow place to ride, both up and down. PS you are amazing
  • 3 0
 @Primoz: NOT EVERY RIDE IS A RACE.

Sometimes people like to just go out and cruise around a loop.
  • 1 0
 @redridesrule i said i don't even stack up in the middle of the national field, let alone EWS.

@ukr77 why is it slow? I mean, as i said, i ride the alps, some fireroad climbs are steep as hell, we sometimes ride up the trails we ride down as well, etc. The thing is the distance AND the verticals add up to the riding i do, so it can't be that dissimilar?

@delusional i don't race when i ride. I always cruise. I quit racing about 9 years ago. I sometimes go a bit faster for Strava purposes (yeah, i know...), but i'm not even capable of racing anymore, i just can't suffer at high heart rates.

Again, as i said, the stats given (the time, distance and verticals) add up to what i'm capable of. I die if i go for a ride with my friend, who races in national enduro races, since he's in such a better shape than i am. EWS pros, i supposed, should be much faster still, easily.

And, for i think the third time, i'm not saying they are slow or something, i'd like to know the reason for this pace. The trails don't look like a slop fest to bog you down (they seem rocky, rooty and sandy, which is almost perfect for wet weather riding).

www.strava.com/activities/547156819 - this one was done in almost exactly 8 hours total (car to car) with two coffee breaks (after two descents)
www.strava.com/activities/560981433 - this one was done in about 5 hours total (car to car) with only one larger break
  • 7 0
 It wasn't real ride... Where's a beer between laps?
  • 6 0
 nice video!! went really well with the new Radiohead album in the background!! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Looks like a pretty standard wet weekend for me...oh wait...7 laps??? Never mind I'm dead after two haha.
  • 1 0
 I noticed the picture with the bikes in the truck. Is that just to get there or do people do shuttle laps ? I live pretty close to there and am thinking about a road trip, but I don't really like to go places where people are shuttling. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 yes there is lots of shuttling on Mount Seymour, but a lot of people use the climbing trails too.
  • 3 0
 Great video...sorry "edit"! Something about riding in the woods seems to appealing. Maybe because you don't really get terrain like that here in Southern California.
  • 1 0
 San Gabriels
  • 1 0
 @Los5: I don't think its even close. But maybe I'm not going to the right spots
  • 1 0
 @NormanPerez: where you ridin
  • 1 0
 @Los5: Mount Willson, a good amount of OC trails, and my local trails in the Palos Verdes area
  • 2 0
 great video and an almost exact copy of the weather we had a bike park wales recently which still turned out to be an amazing day and its giant bikes which for me is also a win
  • 2 0
 You mean the British summer?
  • 3 0
 Love the soundtrack. The sound of tyres skipping over rocks and roots is the soundtrack to good times.
  • 4 1
 Euro duro line in the middle there!
  • 2 0
 Could have this looping over and over... but then I don't think I'd get any work done. Ride Life.
  • 1 0
 Nice to see I'm not the only guy that can't figure out how to shove your glasses in your helmet and just carries them in your hand while you're peddling
  • 1 0
 i think that was to keep them from fogging up, just a guess
  • 2 0
 These types of videos is what got me into biking, just a few friends having fun in the trails
  • 1 0
 Looks like a damn near perfect day...if it was socal rain temps that is. Not feeling this 1 degree C nonsense. I'd turn into a pumpkin.
  • 3 0
 I feel less bad for always bailing on lower Dales now.
  • 3 1
 Loving the black and white article, more please.
  • 2 0
 Is Yoann still with Giant?
  • 1 1
 Why ?
  • 2 0
 He was riding his Giant and wearing full team kit at the BC Enduro just two days ago.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13472762
  • 1 0
 Both Yoann and Josh raced up in Pemberton on April 30th on their Giants , I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Yoann for a bit , pure class really nice guy to meet , Giant is lucky to have both Yoann and Josh representing there products
  • 2 0
 Very nice commercial break from all the other commercials.
  • 2 0
 Tits. Two of my favorite Man Shreds right there, keepn it real real.
  • 1 1
 Funny when I go just riding everything is in colour even in grey Scotland, but only trails that flow as well as these are the ones I built or modified my self
  • 1 0
 Is there a way to get some hi-res of these shots? They are screaming desktop wallpaper.
  • 2 0
 5x Severed and 2x Dales/Forever After? Damn, that's a big day!!
  • 1 0
 "Just Keep Pedaling, Just Keep Pedaling..." Laughed out loud...this is pretty much my bike mantra!
  • 1 0
 Great article and edit, thank you!
  • 1 0
 Mr TutoTuesday and team really bringing out the stoke these days
  • 1 0
 what bikes are they rding, i know it's Giant but can't find out what model
  • 1 0
 Amazing. Everything from trails, riding, words and pictures.
  • 1 0
 So awesome! Stoked these guys are locals now
  • 1 0
 Ah because these guys sometimes ride for fake ?
  • 1 0
 Never seen a video that is so close to a real ride. Perfect.
  • 1 0
 BEYOND STOKED TO BE GOING HERE IN 2 WEEKS
  • 1 0
 Nice, clean, real, inspiring. Kubrick would have done it that yay !
  • 1 0
 awsm adventure.great work.
  • 1 0
 Subdued video; very classy.
  • 1 0
 Any ideas on what climbing routes they were on for any of these laps?
  • 1 0
 They turned off of Severed D onto the Good Sir Martin climbing trail at one point in the video. So I would say they were mostly climbing the Good Sir Martin climb up to the power line.
  • 2 2
 I love Giant, and that Reign is soooo sexy...Straight into my favorites.
  • 1 0
 Making it Reign
  • 1 0
 Fresh edit! Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Really sick edit.
  • 1 0
 More of this please!
  • 1 0
 Sick. Seriously sick.
  • 1 0
 so cool! perfect!
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