Video: Racing Is About More Than Results

Nov 23, 2019
by William Klock  

Damien Desbrosses has been riding mountain bikes since he was 15 years old. Crashes and broken bones are not an excuse to stop. Desbrosses, ski instructor and carpenter knows this deal. This is his story.

Despite his injuries and his long stay in hospital, he still rides in downhill World Cups and with his friends on enduro bikes.

Deep snow session

As a privateer rider, riding for Team Dorval's B team, he goes to World Cups every year to try and qualify. In Val Di Sole and Vallnord, he went with his own money and caravan.

"It's tough to qualify in the World Cup because the level is higher and higher every year and if you don't practice every day, you can't make it."

Working all winter to ride all summer. That's the deal.


I've known Damien for more than ten years now. He was one of the first people who I rode with. I started to shoot with MTB downhill teams (Team Dorval, Polygon UR) and we've been shooting together since 2016.

Photos & video: William Klock

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  • 8 0
 I am sure there is as many stories like this as there is riders that made a living from racing, Good to hear that you never gave up, this is one of the real heroes of the sport!
  • 5 0
 Tu nous régales !! Super edit !!!
  • 4 0
 Great video, inspired to go out and ride. Keep doing what you are doing Damien.
  • 2 0
 Whaaaaaa... merci William et Damien. You made me shiver and almost cry with your edit. Everything is so true, pure, intense and well transmitted. That film was the best drug I`ve taken lastly. MERCI Smile
  • 3 0
 Cathro taught us it is also about sending it for the boys. The spirit lives here!
  • 3 0
 “Results don’t matter”
- William “Timing” Klock
  • 1 0
 Hahaha nice one Wink
  • 4 0
 Bravo, bellissimo video!
  • 1 0
 Graziiiie Smile
  • 2 0
 If racing were only about results I’d have quit a long time ago. Even for us schmoes in the back it’s fun.
  • 3 0
 Nice video.
  • 2 0
 a true master of the alps!
  • 2 0
 Tres cool!! Where is this?? I want to go!!!
  • 2 0
 Grazie ! Most of the spots are around Alpe d'Huez, France in Oisans Smile
  • 2 0
 Nice story of this guy leaving each season to the fullest ! Good job !
  • 1 0
 Thanks Smile
  • 2 0
 5:05 broken fork ?

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