Video: Yoann Barelli Rides Infamous Squamish Double Black Diamond 'Treasure Trail'

Jul 18, 2018
by COMMENCAL bicycles  


The bike park season is in full swing! Videos and photos of dusty berm explosions, scrubs and flips flood our screens.

A few days before his departure for the EWS in La Thuile we asked Yoann Barelli what he wanted to shoot with his META AM 29 and he instantly replied, “Real mountain biking!” So, direction Squamish and one of its most iconic trails, Treasure Trail. Rock slabs, skinnies, drops, loam and logs.









MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles




97 Comments

  • + 195
 i like edits where the rider can make mistakes, try something a couple times, laugh it off, definitely more in the spirit of biking
  • - 45
flag dbendixen (Jul 18, 2018 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 Awesome riding, but that video footage hurts my eyes. No wonder they didn't slap a logo promoting the camera brand. Yikes.
  • + 14
 The trail is like a mile or less long, but takes 45 minutes with all the scoping and do-overs. Would be insane to know that trail well and ride it clean through in one go!
  • + 8
 Ya I would call that a proper double diamond!
  • + 8
 but but what about his strava time???
  • + 6
 Love love love, first video in a while that made me smile while watching. Love the concept and Yoann!
  • + 1
 @bicyclelifestyle: Not insane at all. But it does evolve slowly as it erodes. There are some advanced and intermediate trails that run parallel and can be properly pinned.
  • + 1
 @bicyclelifestyle: Once you know the trail it actually flow together really well and seems to work better if you don't stop. That said it took allot of effort and attempts to get it all dialed in.
  • + 50
 Yoann has become one of my favorite riders. Especially after learning how he worked his way up to being a Pro. His attitude, plus riding ability and the fact that he comments on PB! Yeah buddy!
  • + 11
 Yoann's fanaticism about the correct pronunciation of his name, infectious laugh and sheer intensity really makes him stand out. Clearly no slouch on the bike either.
  • + 35
 I'm a simple man... I see a "Yoann riding a bike" video, and I hit "like"....
  • + 27
 BC 'blue' trails are black nearly everywhere else. So a BC Double Black? helllll no
  • + 8
 In most cases the double black trails aren't that much harder than the black trails, but they will have at least one feature that : A) cannot be walked. Ex. a big rock face to a drop
B) some ridiculous crossing like that tree over a valley 20 feet in the air

The exception of course would be something with gap jumps, but the shore/squamish doesn't have too many of those that don't have a ride around.
  • + 19
 Skinnies are back!
  • + 4
 Only for those who knows what skinny is... Real FMTB
  • + 17
 Did they leave?
  • + 7
 Just as long as your not talking about jeans
  • + 2
 @juicebanger: I'm with you. Didn't think they went anywhere.
  • + 0
 @soulless: i cannot wait for skinny jeans to not be back
  • + 0
 @soulless: I like skinny jeans! Smile
  • + 3
 @cool3: well cut that shit out and give your sister back her jeans
  • + 1
 @soulless: Great, let's wear bellbottoms! Wink
  • + 11
 Loved this. Any intermediate rider can ride a berm or skid their brakes like so many of the videos lately. This is insane skill on display. I've ridden Squamish a lot but never had the balls to drop into Treasure Trail. I'll shred 'er next time though!
  • + 14
 MOSS. now thats real MTBing
  • + 7
 Got to ride this trail last weekend and what an F'ing blast! the part of trail with the maze of skinnies is a really cool thing to see and ride. I gotta give him some mad props for doing the log ride, if you end up having to bail off to the right you are going for a biiiiig fall.
  • + 11
 I laughed at the Windows error sound!
  • + 8
 I'm glad people can ride those crazy lines with reckless abandon... so I can watch the video at work pain free. Yohan is legit good and crazy. I was thoroughly entertained!
  • + 7
 That`s the kind of video that directly puts a big smile on my face. MERCI Yohan! :-D
  • + 7
 Loving this bike. Starting to think I can live with the 16kg(35lbs) weight.
  • + 7
 That was awesome Yohan, your best one yet, couldn't stop laughing. :p
  • + 2
 Meilleur vidéo que j'ai vu depuis très longtemps!!! J'adore les angles de vues mais surtout les bouts ou il manque ses shots et part a rire... bcp plus le fun a regarder que des vidéos normaux comme on voit a tous les jours...

Yohan, mon nouvel idole! Dsl, Remy, je t'aime quand même! lol
  • + 2
 Yep, missing a line and trying a line again is the reality of MTB.
  • + 6
 I like this guy! So inspiring!
  • + 3
 On the rock stuff I thought "Wow, a rider like this is making it look hard, it must be really really hard." And then on the skinnies I was like "Wow he made that look easy." But...it's definitely hard.
  • + 2
 We need more videos like this. I love watching the EWS coverage but this looks crazy scary. I hope one day I can ride this type of terrain with the same composure. Amazing work!!!
  • + 1
 Why is it that pretty much everyone in videos takes the ride-around / braid line on the first double slab? The high main line is so much more fun, looks way cooler in my opinion, and really isn't any more difficult than the rest of the trail.
  • + 2
 Probably due to the high clench factor as you desperately try and scrub speed coming off the first rock but get bucked around by a tangle of roots before the second rock lol.
  • + 2
 If you come in siper slow on the top of the double rock the later rock drop is fine. But it doesn't make for good video
  • + 4
 Yoann plus Squamish equals siiiiick!
  • + 3
 What's the history of BC skinnies? A way to avoid mud, or just people playing with abundant downed logs?
  • + 7
 Why build them low and wide when you can build them high and skinny?
  • + 4
 Sometimes a little bit of both.
  • + 16
 It started as a way to avoid swamps or bridge downed trees or creeks or holes. Then they started to get high, sick, skinny (paraphrasing Dan S) as an end to itself. That led to a lot of the early Shore riders working on trials skills (lots of mediocre Shore trials riders - I'm one of them). However skinnies like all woodwork are a maintenance hassle plus a pissed off landmanager could easily close a trail by chainsawing them

The pendulum has swung and with the advent of flow, berms and more watchful land managers they're out of favour and getting more rare
  • + 4
 There's something special about clearing a rowdy skinny/slab line. Only jumps and drops get me as worked up. I love flowing down the trail as much as the next person, but long live free ride!!
  • - 1
 @jefe: Because lawsuit. #gothurt #bettersue #notmaintainingthestuffbeingbuilt #landownerslegalliability
  • + 3
 COMMENCAL bicycles have way too much fun. FUKN AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 4
 Yoann’s constant energy makes me anxious
  • + 2
 You mean you can't imagine him in a suit, in a cubicle, working in Excel 8 hours a day?
  • + 3
 What is a Johan video without any posts from him in the comments section? So dissapointed with you, Yoani.
;-)
  • + 1
 Nice try!
  • + 1
 This! In the steep parts even a rider of this class seems a bit cramped and unstylish. 29er is not for freeride. Good video anyway - fun!
  • + 1
 I beg to differ.
  • + 2
 WITAF!? Is that line at 2:00 a real line or just some shit he pulled out of his sleeve last minute? Either way, bonkers.
  • + 3
 I enjoyed the bike park segment the most, does this mean I'm a bad person?
  • + 3
 I want to hang out with Yoann
  • + 3
 Nice one, Yoann - how's that Lyrik RC2 working out?
  • + 1
 NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY CLOWNS DRESS WHIT BIG LARGE PANTS ......... BECAUSE THEY GOT MASSIVE NUTS ........ AND FUNNY AT THE SAME TIME !!!
  • + 2
 Simultaneously, fires me up to go ride and depresses me due to my capabilities...
  • + 3
 Keep on keeping it rad Yoann!
  • + 2
 Jesse makes it look easy Yoann Wink
  • + 2
 Yoann is doing it right. Nice edit!
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed this video, even though this guy should be riding in the ews right now! One of my favorite riders to watch.
  • - 1
 As someone who grew up riding BC and the North Shore it surprises me how much the rest of the world sensationalizes riding around here. Like really, you don't have these kinds of trails in your back yard?
  • + 2
 no. we dont...
  • + 1
 Chocolate Labs are he Bomb !
  • + 2
 Keeping it REAL...Yohan!
  • + 1
 Absolutely the funniest famous rider i know
  • + 2
 Still not buying a 29er
  • + 1
 Yoann looks like James Franco if James Franco could _shred_
  • + 1
 Or... Yoann looks Jim Carrey in french version if Jean Carrè could shred.
  • + 1
 Yoann's videos are always fun. Keep 'em coming!
  • + 1
 Yoann is a real character! Nice riding again ! Thumb up mate!
  • + 1
 Guy has balls of steel to not strap his back wheel down on that rack.
  • + 1
 Those skinnies scare the crap out of me. I can't do them haha
  • + 1
 Great stuff......Commencal vids never dissappoint
  • + 1
 Too many frames per second, barfff
  • + 1
 That was pretty epic! Well done!
  • + 2
 That was fun!
  • + 1
 Love the loam and Barelli though!
  • + 1
 That was much better Yoann :})
  • + 1
 cool Video with great concept
  • + 1
 the tasmanial devil!!!!
  • + 1
 Love watching him ride
  • + 1
 Pretty cool eh, Hell ya
  • + 1
 Du Yoann au top ????????
  • + 1
 Always entertaining! rad
  • + 1
 Well, that was dope.
  • + 1
 I love that trail
  • + 1
 Class
  • + 1
 Good riding Yohan.
  • + 0
 'Yoann'. It's right in the article's title, buddy.
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