Video: Yoann Barelli Teaches Adam Important Racing Skills - The Privateer Episode 6

Aug 3, 2018
by Pinkbike Originals  

Adam needs some race coaching and who better to do it than fellow Spank rider Yoann Barelli? Fresh off a top 10 in La Thuile, Yoann gave Adam some 'outside the box' advice about how to choose lines and what preparation is key before the big day at Crankworx Whislter.

Having some time to sit down with one of the world's best is a unique opportunity and Adam asked some great questions.

You might have seen Yoann's' video on Treasure Trail already. If not, it's worth a watch. It's probably the hardest trail in town.

You probably won t see this combo of brands on one bike - what do you think of it
Not long now.



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89 Comments

  • + 528
 There is one thing I'm really proud here... they didn't put subtitles when I talk hahahahaha Smile
  • + 104
 I'm of course reading this in your accent
  • + 6
 This needs to be upvoted a million times. I also read this in your accent.
  • + 11
 Merci Yoann. MERCI for that video, the spirit it carries, the accent, that commited simplicity you give... simply. Kiss your dog for me. Smile
  • + 8
 cool doggo mate
  • + 6
 @slimjim1: I look at those trails and start breathing like his dog
  • + 5
 You are THE man ! Like you so much... So humble, so true, making fun everywhere, respectfull, funny and riding so fast!

Cheers from Québec. (So read this with subtitles)
  • + 1
 Thanks for that, useful advice and entertaining riding, merci
  • + 3
 Best episode yet. Yoann, you are a good person.
  • + 4
 This stuff is pure gold for people who want to get better at racing thanks bro!
  • + 1
 J’ai rien compris! Nice one Yoann!
  • + 2
 Yoann must have some Australian in him, dropping F-bombs that consistantly
  • + 1
 Just want to say @yoannbarelli that the last few video clips i have seen of your riding are so inspirational and make me want to ride my bike. Some of the lines in the video look easy but i am sure they are scary the first time you hit them.

I also love this series.
  • + 3
 Yoann, I think my mom is in love with you. Also, she said your English is really good! Congrats for getting a 50 year old english professor hooked on mountain biking lol.
  • + 4
 Best series. Best episode. Best coach. Favourite rider. Favourite trails. So much good in that episode!
  • + 1
 @yoannbarelli You are the man Yoann!
  • + 1
 Trop cool Yoann !
  • + 179
 Just realized that Yoann is like the Captain Jack Sparrow of Enduro
  • + 12
 BUT WHY IS THE WINE GONE!?!?!?!
  • + 10
 He certainly swears like a sailor, I think he's hilarious
  • + 2
 Rum rum rum
  • + 49
 These are awesome. Thank you PB!
  • + 45
 "you see Sam, he always super composed, relaxed and in the end: he kicks our ass".
  • + 37
 This is my favorite thing on YouTube right now. Things I’ve learned far: 29ers are faster (duh), volume spacers will just slow you down, and Yoann Barelli rides for Spank, not Commencal like everyone thinks.
  • + 11
 Haha it’s their only shared sponsor, so makes sense from Adam/PB’s perspective to put it that way.
  • + 1
 I tried to up vote you twice but it didn't work.
  • + 35
 What Adam lacks in hair, he makes up for in balls. Holy shit!
  • + 12
 I wish that worked for me.
  • + 31
 This series, and especially this episode is the most valuable thing I've seen on Pinkbike. Thank you! Smartest, most prepared rider wins.
  • + 1
 Once is definitely not going to be enough to absorb all the gold in this episode. And what a cool trail.
  • + 17
 Really enjoying this series. Watching this, it seems to me that one thing Yoann does really well that Adam could incorporate more is PUMPING EVERYTHING. Even on some of the short sections that they practice, you can tell that Adam has pure speed and then needs to hit the brakes when it gets too fast, whereas Yoann seems to subtly flow with the terrain more and get speed when needed from pumping. Not that I am a good enduro racer, but that's something that I always try to remind myself before races - that aggro isn't fast, smooth is fast and flowing with the terrain is fast. Helps me to not get in that weird state I sometimes get into when I want to win. Really interesting to follow along with, keep it up!
  • + 1
 Not that what you said is entirely wrong, but styles still vary quite a bit at that level.

Look at Greenland vs pierron for example.

The biggest reminder in this series for me is how strategic EWS racing is from a endurance standpoint...I mean it should be obvious, but some of the guys appear to be at full throttle even when they're taking it easy, so hearing yoann talk about how important it is now to go full gas is a cool reminder and makes me appreciate the skill of enduro more than just considering it simply a less interesting alternative to DH (for me)
  • + 20
 Can we take a moment though for the star of the show... that trail. Wow.
  • + 10
 We ride this trail without kneepads. Sometimes we even put videos of it on YouTube
  • + 0
 @leelau: Joey alert.
  • + 16
 Super high level of riding in this episode.
  • + 12
 Yoann is f'in awesome.
  • + 11
 Woouuuuu fakin ‘ell Big Grin
  • + 6
 Everything is better with a little Yoann Barelli in it! Jacques Sparrow indeed.

No subtitles needed ... except for "adieu a bi-s'il êtes d'où roh" ... took me a few tries to realize that was "I do a BC enduro" ha.
  • + 5
 This aspect of MTB riding is one of my favorites. Going out and sessioning different technical sections in order to learn how to connect things together. Getting to session them with a master like Yoann as a coach is such a gift. Adam you are a very lucky guy to be doing this. Things to remember when you’re really old that’ll put a smile on your face. Hats off to PB for putting this series together.
  • + 5
 I'm not sure if this is fair to say, but, Adam you seem to be getting your weight back as you go faster as compared to Yoann. This seems to lead to less front tire grip and then a rear tire skid. Just my observation. I'd be pooping my pants doing that trail so take it for what its worth. Keep up the great work.
  • + 2
 Its cuz they took all his volume spacers out...
  • + 8
 Best episode! Yoann is a beast!
  • + 4
 Great episode! I feel like Adam would benefit from a sports psychologist next though, the questions he asked Yoann were on dealing with negative outcomes. It was quite polarising compared to Yoann's general positivity.
  • + 5
 Yoann's attitude about racing is everything a young grom should aspire to follow. Great tips in this segment btw and what a killer, killer trail system...
  • + 6
 That knolly from Yoann at the end!
  • + 5
 This series is sweet as fuck!
  • + 3
 How tall is Adam? He has a 50mm rise bar on a 29er with a decent amount of spacers as well. I've never seen that much stack height on an enduro bike.
  • + 5
 Even Jackson got scared! Love it.
  • + 4
 AMAZING ADVICE!!!!!! Yoann may be able to help him get a sponsor from #REDBUTT hahaha Love it! What a Coach tho Wow!
  • + 2
 Do you know why I have been watching that video 6 or 7 times already? I think it`s because I got a little addicted to Yoann`s mood and spirit, not mentionning his delicious french accent that most of us can appreciate Smile
  • + 3
 Now back your regularly scheduled program. Great to see Barelli put the mountain in MTB...
  • + 3
 Great video, more of this please. More pro's should be doing this kinda' stuff,
  • + 3
 Best enduro skills content since Brendog schooled Mike Levy on how to ride!
  • + 3
 That 37 pound Meta AM 29 seems poppy and playfull... Must be the driver... Great serie! Keep it up Pinkbike!
  • + 3
 Barelli, what a GC! Nice work Adam, good luck for Whistler, relax on the bike a little. You got this!
  • + 2
 Next season - from pro to privateer. Racing as a privateer, but with the knowledge of what should be done to be on the podium, just with less stress.
  • + 2
 I somehow managed to overlook the previous episodes, but i binge watched all 6 now. Great content pb, thank you guys.
  • + 2
 yoann has an awesome attitude, I need to practice more of that, than I do the riding tips.
  • + 3
 Zou!!! Very impressed with The Zou's performance.
  • + 1
 Enjoyed that one a lot. Interesting to hear YB's personal perspective on racing. What i would not give to have a few sessions on tech terrain like this with a pro....
  • + 1
 Loved it ! Really interesting to hear this kind of conversation between two racers. Thanks a lot and good luck for the season !
  • + 1
 Watching Adam and Yoann do the same lines back to back is most excellent, helps highlight tiny differences in technique and skill that add up to big time differences.
  • + 2
 Awesome series! Adam is looking great, very inspiring, and Yoann spreading that PMA! youtu.be/cnVRuH4vJWg
  • + 4
 Love this series!
  • + 3
 Definitely the yoda. What a dude.
  • + 2
 That was great, I could watch that over and over. Love this series! 14:29 was smooth as ice.
  • + 3
 Inspiring stuff from Yo Bar. Go gettem Adam!
  • + 1
 Damn, I thought you would give me a hard time for 'Yo Bar'. @yoannbarelli
  • + 8
 I actually like it, Just upvoted you man hahahaha Smile
  • + 1
 This series is the best and this was the best episode yet. Listen to Yoann was awesome and so interesting. Cannot wait for the next one to drop.
  • + 2
 And how rad is @yoannbarelli? Great questions and attitude from Adam. Stoked to see how you progress bro!
  • + 2
 Keep these coming, love these insights from the worlds best, and Yoanns personality is the BEST
  • + 3
 that was some really good advice
  • + 2
 Now they are dropping in frequently - Still like it a lot - impressive riding
  • + 1
 That ladder pop off, with your arms straight out is sort of the wrong way to do it frenchy?
  • + 1
 So.... Jared Leto is teaching enduro now, eh? Times are indeed strange, my friends.
  • + 2
 I would say Larvacide is the hardest in town
  • + 2
 Exactly. Treasure just makes for prettier videos.
  • + 1
 aye. And that right line at the bottom of Larvicide with the exposure. Never cleaned it - one day....
  • + 1
 Anyone else see a Yoann/ Cam McCaul collab? I feel like that would be a good time
  • + 1
 Loving these videos! Also, more Yoann videos please!
  • + 1
 What wheel size is he on ow, did he choose 29 or 27.5?
  • + 1
 Great viewing...
  • + 1
 more plez!
  • + 1
 Excellent

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