Video: Damien Oton's Journey from Plumber to Pro EWS Racer

Aug 27, 2020
by Orbea  

Who said that dreams are only dreams? Damien Oton is clear about one thing:
bigquotesThere is only one life. Let’s go for it. Damien Oton

As a plumber at the age of 21, Damien Oton never imagined having a dream job as a professional rider. But his confidence in himself and support from his partner, Laurie, pushed him to take the biggest step of his career. This is the story of how a young plumber transformed into a rising Enduro star.

bigquotesLaurie makes my life and career compatible. Without the constant support of my family, especially from Laurie, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Damien Oton

bigquotesHave fun, be the fastest and, obviously, win. Those are my goals. Damien Oton

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  • 17 0
 Damien is a GOAT. True talent starting so late and be able to reach top.
  • 4 0
 21 truly is late in this sport, which is informative for those of us trying to progress in our forties.
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 @Mtmw: Awesome vid! I'm open to correction on this but I think he was involved in MX before he came to mtb. Nevertheless, Damien's physical prowess is often overlooked in favor of bigger guys like Rude, Callaghan and Graves, but he is a legit machine.
  • 1 0
 @Mtmw: you’re probably not gonna podium an EWS with that late of a start but progressing is definitely still possible at any age!
  • 9 1
 amazing he can keep his butt crack covered on a bike
  • 3 0
 That's my usual summer holiday in the Conflent and Capcir valleys : the yellow Train, Cambre d'Aze... A few days riding at Les Angles, a hike up the Carlit and eating in front of the refugee at Camporells is all that's missing. Beautiful part of the Pyrénées
  • 6 0
 Bonne chance dans toutes vos futures courses!!

\m/ Hails
  • 5 0
 Bad ass. Reminds me of Peat, as I think he was a plumber's apprentice for a minute before doing them gravity bikes.
  • 1 0
 Plumbing will always be there when and if you decide to return! I didn’t have the opportunity (or talent) to be a pro racer but I spent my 20’s ski bumming, traveling and riding... now I’m starting a plumbing career at 36. Still have time to clunk around on Vermont trails while I do so. Life presents many opportunities to change course if you are up to it!
  • 3 0
 Plumbers. One of the most important jobs on the planet. Congrats on the EWS!
  • 3 1
 Plumbers, every asshole is a customer.
  • 2 0
 He’s won the Mega Avalanche at least twice. That alone makes him bad ass!
  • 1 0
 Shuttling with a locomotive! Super uber cool!!
  • 1 0
 My moneys on Damien...GIVER!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome man, Damien. Good luck to you.

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