Video: Yoann Barelli Rides the Ultimate Beast Trail 'Trespasser'

Jun 13, 2019
by Yoann Barelli  

INTO THE GNAR Episode 5 down one of the gnarliest trail in the world, aka: TRESPASSER!!!

Every year, people try to find it and when they do, they try to ride it, Yoann Barelli shows you how to approach this beast and gives you few tips on how to judge if your are ready to shred it !!

What seemed to be an educational video at the beginning became something hilarious, the typical Barelli's way.

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87 Comments

  • + 137
 Yoann: There are so many line choices.

Me: There are zero line choices.
  • + 16
 Riding down Gargamel with this animal.
Yoann: This trail has so much FLOW yooohoooo ahahahha ahhha (more giggles fading in the forest as he's disapearing)
Us thinking: What is the meaning of Flow???? i'ts freaking steep as SH*T, we might (try to)walk my bike down here
  • + 45
 I've struggled with this trail for years and I feel like the video unpacks some of the more difficult features in a way that makes sense. Unfortunately it's all the shit that he just blasts over/through that I find the hardest. So many awkward little moves on that trail between all the big features that will that knock your dick in the dirt. Barelli is good for the sport of mountain biking.
  • + 2
 That's just Whistler jank though isn't it? I feel you!
  • + 33
 Even the dog called in sick...
  • + 21
 I've been wanting to ride this trail for a while but never actually do it when I am in whistler. That said I'll leave this here, Jinya on his chromag hardtail riding the ol' trespasser. Obviously not smashing like Yoann but stupid smooth (and on 26").

vimeo.com/25379880
  • + 7
 Thanks for saving my time to search the video to see how I rode it back then!
  • + 22
 So Yoann, if you don't wear your full face helmet for descending Trespasser and all it's steep techy roll downs, when DO you wear your full face?
  • + 2
 Thinking the same. Please Yo, ask for a full face helmet to you sponsor.
  • + 4
 When I watched episode 4, the next autoplay vid was something like "huge new Whistler gaps with pros". He was in that one with a full face.
  • + 20
 He’s not kidding about turning back at that first feature. I didn’t...walked the whole thing basically. Took like 2.5 hours. Lol.
  • + 12
 I love this series. Yoann is freakin' awesome. Fasten your seatbelts and grab a coffee. Yoann, you forgot the coffee. One needs it to enjoy the next 25 minute show. Keep up the awesome work. I will NEVER ride these trails but it is still extremely educational and interesting to watch. Thank you
  • + 13
 "This is steep", "this is super steep", "it it so steep here guys" and then we get to section with a rope for people to get down! Lmao! Great video Smile
  • + 8
 OMG that just made my day! I will never!! ride Trespasser, but Yoann, you do it with style, and you always make me laugh and remind me why I love mountain biking as much as I do. Cheers!!!
  • + 11
 Looks easy.
  • - 1
 are you blind sir?
  • + 27
 @T4THH: being sarcastic. Looks gruesome on GoPro always a bad sign.
  • + 20
 @thenotoriousmic: it is as they say: if it looks bad on gopro... it means certain death in real life!
  • + 10
 He should sing the offspring in every video.
  • + 3
 No he really shouldn't lol although it was better than wheels on the bus.....i think?
  • + 4
 Keeps the bears alert, for sure.
  • + 8
 Yep, that first squirrel catcher section would be the best, gnarliest trail for 100 miles around here.
  • + 4
 From a (as Minnar would say) frenchie fan, that trail totally rocks..................... unlike your singing!!

When I eventually get to Whistler, forgive me if I "accidentally forget" to make time to do this run!!

Best of luck with the rest of the EWS season
  • + 7
 Yoann starting out on a serious note - that'll get your attention for sure!
  • + 4
 Well done Yoann: I almost puked my breakfast because of that video. I have to go to the vet now...
Hugs to Jaxon and to your family Smile
  • + 3
 dont eat snails at the brakfest
  • + 2
 @florepe: Have you ever tried snails at least? You miss something...
  • + 1
 @Franzzz: rat lungworm?
  • + 4
 Watched this with my 8 and 11 year olds rippers. Think they are Yoann's biggest fans now. They wouldn't stop laughing while I was dropping in my Depends.
  • + 2
 bloody great vid Yoann. Reminds me of some of my local tough riding but your vid is how that stuff feels to me....which means your trail is BONKERS cos we all know how much a wide angle makes it look flatter :'-)
  • + 1
 the only thing that kept me from thinking that this 'trail' is a figment of his imagination was the fact that I've seen other stoopid-dangerous 'trails' before, so I know that people ride shit like that. Also, I was laughing at the soundtrack continuously through most of the video. Somebody should show this to little 'mv' in Cali. He could use it as 'evidence'.
  • + 5
 My hand sweat like crazy from start to finish of this video.
  • + 3
 The only line I am taking is a climbing line and repelling down. That is some sick riding.
  • + 2
 Shared this with a friend who has no interest in mountain biking, but loves watching POV videos. He watches more videos than I do. He is now a huge Yoann Barelli fan.
  • + 2
 I'm assuming Yoann talks to himself when he rides, even when not filming Smile

Very fun video, gnarly root lines, I see a few walks in there for this guy.
  • + 2
 That's Sic! Watch BCpov's vid to warm up then this WOW
  • + 2
 When a rider sings a nursery rhyme on some gnar he's insane..."the wheels on the bus go round and round..."
  • + 1
 How much crazier has this gotten over time? I saw one video from 2014 where that first rooty steep bit looked mostly covered with dirt, now it looks like my worst nightmare.
  • + 3
 Way, way worse haha. The video of dude doing it in 2010 on a hardtail is still gnarly insane but it's far heavier now.
  • + 1
 Riding = 100%
Singing = 0%
But still impressive to combine that on this trail...
Very impressive riding and filming (walking the track x times)
  • + 4
 Looks flat
  • + 1
 Is this bear territory? It looks fairly isolated and not well trodden or populated?
  • + 1
 All of Whistler is bear territory. This trail is between some very populated/well trodden locations, but it's in a little-used area.
  • + 2
 hey Yoann, is this trail too gnarly for Jaxon?
  • + 5
 sorry just realized u mentioned something at minute 9:00 - hopefully he is back and healthy soon...something is missing in into the gnar...
  • + 2
 This looks way crazier than any other double black in whistler..
  • + 2
 Yoann, can you explain why your brake levers are so high?
  • + 9
 **I am not Yoan**

A lot of riders run their brake levers flat or close to it for two reasons.

1- When you are hanging off the back of the bike down a super steep section your levers are in a better position rather than having to roll your wrists up and forward to reach them
2- When you are landing drops and jumps the force goes through your palm and up through your forearm rather than through your thumb making you more stable and less likely to blow off the bars or break a thumb.

It feels f*ckin weird though.
  • + 15
 That's because he has three balls.
  • + 2
 @Muckal: triballia is a serious case, I'm wondering if Danny Hart is using the same technique to ride with balls that big.
  • + 2
 @Patrick9-32: You right. On your second point, to be more clear this puts different pressure on your wrist and helps with soreness at least in my experience. It also allows your body to be a better and stronger position when on those gnarly descents or flow.

I race XC and run my brakes pretty high. We're not braking on the climbs and running your brakes higher up allows for a more linear position(ie confident) when your ass is behind the seat.
  • + 1
 @cgreaseman: but how about braking when you are standing but not leaning back? I guess it's quite hard to pull the levers in such position
  • + 7
 @mihauek: If you are braking hard when standing but not leaning back your are about 0.5 seconds away from going over the bars.
  • + 1
 @mihauek: Even when standing while braking you often have to compensate by moving your hips back with your bike as it slows down. I'm not saying you should run your brakes at a 0 degrees, but 20-35 deg from the top can give a rider a lot of confidence on the descents or any standing section where your hips are further back than when seated.

Try it. After 15-20min of awkwardness you'll notice a difference and can dial in the brake lever position.
  • + 1
 I do it because thats where my motorcycle levers are, so i figured it was just logical to put my bicycle levers at the same place.
  • + 1
 @cgreaseman: yeah, I will try this out during next XC race, cheers
  • + 1
 @cgreaseman: I did exactly that 2 years ago and won't go back. Confidence went up and I feel a lot stronger when going down a steep section of trail.
  • + 2
 @mihauek: a good combo is to move them higher, but move the resting position of the lever closer to the bar. It is less uncomfortable that way because your knuckles can stay flexed even when your weight/forearm is farther forward. Obviously this requires powerful and well-tuned brakes but once they're dialed in it makes for really nice hand position
  • + 1
 Such a mint trail. Haven't ridden it for a good few years. Some real gnarr in it.
  • + 2
 No Ziggy = no interest
  • + 1
 this video made me super sweaty and anxious
  • + 1
 Kind of using the term trail a little loosely....
  • + 1
 ig goes GWWWOF GWOF GWOF and then LAAAAAAAAAA
  • + 1
 Yeah amazing vid,thx 4 Sharing.
  • + 1
 Am I the only one that gets sweaty palms watching this stuff?
  • + 1
 I get the OTB sensation just sitting down watching this
  • + 1
 what helmet is he wearing?
  • + 1
 Still to fully clear this trail. She's a beast.
  • + 1
 Rope to go down. Yep haha
  • + 1
 What the f' is this guy saying...?
  • + 1
 This guy is Mountain GOAT!
  • + 1
 Damn Yoann rips!!
  • + 1
 Wow, Just, wow!
  • + 1
 That was good stuff!
  • + 0
 Where is Jaxon?
  • + 1
 Watch the video to find out.
  • + 1
 He was sick. And he can't take him on the lifts.
  • + 1
 @JC-1: Yeah, at work and had to pause it before he explained. Love his videos.
  • - 3
 Trailforks doesn't have it? Is that bc it's R - rated?
  • + 4
 It's a secret trails that is now a lot less secret than it used to be.
  • + 0
 @kingtut87: But the LIKES and FOLLOWS! That's the most important thing
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