Yoann Barelli Starts YouTube Channel Breaking Down the World’s Gnarliest Trails

May 5, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

EWS racer Yoann Barelli has decided to start his own Youtube channel guiding you through the roughest and gnarliest trails around the world. His goal is to guide viewers by breaking the trails down section by section and give tips on how to ride them. His first video shows you down Treasure trail, a double black diamond route in Squamish, BC.

bigquotes"Always wanted to know how to ride the gnarliest trails in the world? My goal is to guide you through the toughest ones by breaking them down section by section and to ride them."Yoann Barelli - Instagram




134 Comments

  • + 73
 Yoann is great, but GoPro sucks for his purpose. You can barely ( Wink ) see the gnar. This should be properly filmed by another human using a proper camera.
  • + 65
 When it looks steep and scary on GoPro you know it's 100% death in real life
  • + 5
 Very true....interesting to see the drawbacks of their image stabilization feature! That constant vertical "autocorrection" upward, away from the focus of his commentating was super annoying
  • + 3
 @rory: I’m pretty sure he was using a gimbal too.
  • - 25
flag nvranka (May 5, 2019 at 17:45) (Below Threshold)
 I’m not sure why you would want anything other than Gopro footage when someone is showing you lines....

The purpose isn’t to show how steep the trails are, if that’s a concern you shouldn’t ride them...
  • + 8
 @nvranka: The point of this video is to decide whether or not you could ride them go pro footage often does not show the smaller roots and little obstacles in the trail, so off the body shots do really help. And sorry if you are too good to know whether or the trails are steep enough for you. All we want to do is watch a video and there are issues with cameras seeming like they dumb things down and make them look easy, so if we are trying to learn the trail its good o know how steep it is.
  • + 2
 what other good options are there!GoPro seem to have it covered
  • - 1
 @CAshredder: it’s double black diamond so it’s steep...
  • + 3
 @sylvainvanier: the section @ 10:25 is 100% steep shit. can confirm.
  • - 7
flag nvranka (May 5, 2019 at 23:40) (Below Threshold)
 @CAshredder: I don’t think the point was to “decide whether or not you could ride them”...it was to show you approach/lines.

If you’re using footage as a barometer for whether or not you can ride a trail and this footage doesn’t suffice.... you’ll be over your skis.
  • + 9
 so much whining around here!
  • - 5
flag nvranka (May 6, 2019 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)
 lmao the downvotes crack me up. Good luck on treasure plebs
  • + 1
 Exactly what i thougth
  • + 4
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8nJIUrX1vU

Here ya go same trail and features in third person
  • + 1
 I'm lowkey jelly of your mane, mate
  • + 38
 Needs gopro dog cam
  • + 30
 Hours of ball and ass sniffing
  • + 2
 Yeah a camera mounted rearward and filming the dog would be cool, I wonder if he jumps the gaps and step down, some look rather big.
  • + 25
 Jackson spend the whole time thinking "who the f*#k are you talking to"?
  • + 3
 @imho4ep: yeah, the dog's dry and shrewd comments really gave the video some spice
  • + 34
 How to ride the gnarliest trail in the world : Do a nose wheelie
  • + 2
 That did cross my mind.
  • + 4
 I was already "wow"-ing at the first tech climb. That alone is above my ability and he hadn't started descending yet.
  • + 19
 This is why Yoann is great "I was just on a bike ride with my doggie, I thought, maybe I should start a Youtube channel.... So there we go!"
  • + 16
 Oh god Treasure trail is terrible there is no dirt it's all rocks and it's stupid steep. Good luck riding Squamish when it's dry. And there is no beer there! None ! People are so grumpy. ..
  • - 2
 er what?
  • + 2
 Mike Levy lives there. Must be good donuts
  • + 0
 I rode it wet...surprised at the traction....luckily missed the turn for Treasure?
  • + 19
 All I see is death.
  • + 13
 Hey Yoann, the builders name is Andrew Boyd and Treasure Trail was the first MTB trail he built. He built it to ride on his hard tail, when his trail dog Loki got to sick for the long ride he started walking in with her instead, the feature you called the "penis' is actually nicknamed the Cobra Head. His goal or vision was to build a trail that riders couldn't "onsite" which means clean on their first try. Like many trail builders he never asked for anything to build this trail but once someone brought him a pair of riding shorts while he was still working on it. His next build is pretty dope as well.
  • + 14
 Great stuff, please keep making these trail videos. My only comment is to make sure that u r getting a good GoPro shot of the trail section you are explaining, but again great stuff.
  • + 15
 This is pretty cool. Keep it up Yoann.
  • + 11
 Wow - I've heard Squamish is gnarly but that's bananas! Squeaky bum lines all the way down! Love the video but I think what might elevate it even more is if you have GoPros set up at the bottom of the features so we can see both the POV angle and of you riding it too. can't wait for the next one!
  • + 13
 He's gonna put Peter the Punter out of business.
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flag poah (May 5, 2019 at 19:27) (Below Threshold)
 paul
  • + 6
 I too thought of making a channel showing how much I suck. Joeys find it extremely attractive. Especially when you talk how scared you are.
  • + 1
 I heard that guy sucks anyway
  • + 1
 @paulhaysom: rides a down country bike for god sake.
  • + 0
 @paulhaysom: Can't even keep up with girls. Wink
  • - 1
 @paulhaysom: You, Jordan Boostmaster and Bike Hacked Seth. Youtube cup.
  • + 10
 Am I the only one who absolutely loves this trail (rode the whole thing but it's right at the edge of my ability), but don't want to ever ride it again? Just saying' it kinda scares me. There. I said it.
  • + 2
 I don't think I would ever want to ride it in the first place...
  • + 11
 I would like to see which lines the dog takes........
  • + 2
 Put a gopro on Jackson!
  • + 7
 Watching YB ride is always a great way to be reminded how bad I suck at mountain biking.
  • + 3
 It’s the law of attraction, is it the law of attraction— no, it’s the law of gravity... Yoann is so funny, funny people are fun to ride with!
  • + 5
 Go Yohann, keep 'em coming. Come and ride 5th horseman. Your way!
  • + 5
 "A" for effort. 3 star review
5 star when he get's another camera angle.
  • + 1
 I thoroughly enjoyed this video. Great vibe. He was having fun. Jackson is awesome. Yes, it is always difficult to see steepness on video, but you can tell how steep it is by the acceleration. I subscribed to his channel in the first minute of the video.
  • + 2
 2.36:

Anyone else wanting to hear him say " I am French. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent?!!"

www.youtube.com/watch?v=35IG66H7vLE
  • + 1
 Now go away ... or he shall taunt you a second time silly wiper of other peoples bottoms..
  • + 4
 The bike control on those skinnys just show how on another level he is.
  • + 5
 Scuba Claude can rip!
  • + 5
 "so tell me true, if you are not for scubah we can take you on zee sketchy trail"
  • + 3
 My wife heard his accent and asked if Yoann was Scuba ClaudeWink
  • + 2
 I paused GoT to watch this. Just love it - but having someone film you would really elevate your game as per previous comments. Also need a feature on the dog.
  • + 3
 Game of Trails?
Other favorites might be:
BReaking BOnes
(Skin-)Suits
Scrubs (duh)
The Riding Dead
Rivertrail
The Pinkbike Office
Double Black Mirror
Hometrails
  • + 0
 Wow! That was great Yoann. That trail is way beyond my current abilities but the way you break it down teaches anybody how to think about tackling different features. You’ll honestly need better camera angles for future episodes. Get a friend to do it with you so you don’t lose the spontaneity of the whole thing. Now I’ve really gotta go and practice my nose wheelies.
  • + 2
 This is super fresh content. Paired with YB's fun commentary, this 30min was definitely an entertaining watch that never got boring.
  • + 0
 I like those rock rolls you guys have over there. Not so much do I have them over in Elevation Paradise that is Central Finland and the rocks we have tend to try and eat you alive. Sort of like hmm pick a line through a mine field that is a Finnish rock garden, which line wont eat the bike. Good vid and thanks Yoan for your inspiration.
  • + 0
 I like those rock rolls you guys have over there. Not so much do I have them over in Elevation Paradise that is Central Finland and the rocks we have tend to try and eat you alive. Sort of like hmm pick a line through a mine field that is a Finnish rock garden, which line wont eat the bike. Good vid and thanks Yoan for your inspiration.
  • + 3
 Great stuff - absolutely mindblowing riding - loved the privateer episode with him
  • - 1
 That title though......#cringeworthy #keepillegaltrailsoffthemap
Playing devil's advocate- what happens if some squid wants to follow the channel and try all the trails but gets hurt and makes a stink?
When you publicized tresspasser I cried a little inside......
  • + 4
 Treasure Trail is on the map and sanctioned? Lots of people have done Trespasser videos for almost 10 years now but they don't show the entrance/exit and some don't use the name. It's not really a secret with how long it's been there.
  • + 1
 @gramboh: I'm just old and crotchety. I think name dropping trails and silly titles like this articles are getting a little out of hand. But I respect the hell outta everyone who's out there sending it for sending it's sake.
  • + 1
 Favorite trail! I love that you did the side-hop. I've sat there trying to put it together in my head, but I've never done it. I'm inspired now...
  • + 1
 what the feckin hell. was that tree in the first couple of minutes about to fall on you? Looked and sounded like it was gradually falling down!!
  • + 2
 By far one of the best mtb video out there that I will watch over and over and over again. Love it 3000x Yoann. Keep it up.
  • + 2
 Great vibes YB, thanks for taking us with you. Looking forward to your channel!
  • + 3
 Yoann for the pre WC camera run.
  • + 2
 If you haven't already subscribed to his channel, honestly, what are you doing with your YouTube life?
  • + 39
 About time a world class rider had a channel rather than the endless chumps riding trails badly all over the globe.
  • + 4
 @jclnv: i wish they would all go away. They remind me of leaches
  • - 3
 @jclnv: I like watching chumps over pro riders.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: lmfao
  • + 1
 @jclnv: Jesse Melamed has one as well that is worth a follow.
  • + 3
 "nothing can go really wrong, well sort of" - recipe for Friday fails
  • + 3
 Always enjoy YB narratives. More please!
  • + 1
 Great stuff Yoann! I am here for the MTB jokes not for the lines. Good good!
  • + 7
 I am here for the french lines
  • + 2
 Good job Yoann! That was rowdy! Looking forward to the next one.
  • + 1
 You, pro-line guys, are monsters.

How difficult is a EWS trail compare to that?
  • + 1
 Yoan really makes me want to go out ride...in fact..that’s what I’m gonna do now!
  • + 2
 "Oh Shit whats gonna happening!?" Made me laugh, these are gonna be great!
  • + 2
 Awesome Yoann! Excited to watch this when I get a moment!
  • + 1
 I would probably walk my bike to most of the section he's featured in this video. LOL... Good stuff, though.
  • + 3
 its probably even more dangerous walking it than riding it Smile
  • + 1
 Finally, a YouTube channel worth watching. He has so many trails to do, all around the world.
  • + 1
 watching him just makes me realize how inexperienced aka terrible of a rider I am. Wow
  • + 2
 That trail is super scary, props and respect!!
  • + 1
 I'm curious to know, is riding with a dog a relative "safety feature" in case of bear or mountain lion in Canada ?
  • - 2
 far less safe, dogs will attract and spook wildlife.
  • + 1
 @bmxrace121: Attract or spook ? It's kind of opposite no ?
Any wildlife expert ?
Of course it's got to be well trained and obedient, but It may smell predators long before you see them.
To some extent, a dog barking may be a "move away" signal so the wild life.
Also in case of a close encounter the dog may get killed but it may let you a chance to flee.
  • + 2
 My dog once got in between me and a Moose that decided to get in front of me on the trail and stare me down, it was during rutting and I think he was deciding whether or not to trample me. My dog jumped up and bit the Moose, then avoided an antler attack, growled at the Moose and wouldn't back down... This gave me a chance to turn my bike around, I called my dog and we both ran away. Mt Lions won't get close to a big dog, but smaller dogs are prey. Bears I'm not sure, but I think they would avoid larger dogs as well.
  • + 1
 There is defiantly bears in the background around 10 mins
  • + 2
 Will his channel be bigger than these youtubers?
  • + 2
 Lack of cables with SRAM AXS look so freakin clean
  • + 11
 true but those brake levers pointing to the sky is very unsettling
  • + 2
 @colincolin: only time i ever see that is when people ride super steep shit.
  • - 1
 @colincolin: The lack of lactic acid in his forearms tells a different story.
  • + 1
 @cyberoptixs: the only time I see that is on bikes that are too big for the rider.
  • + 1
 THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN DUDES
  • + 1
 Bro turn down those brake levers! Attack position, not rubbing yer sack.
  • + 3
 right you probably know better...
  • + 1
 He is a pro-enduro rider. I am sure he has a system that works
  • + 1
 I you want to crash, you crash on the left side...Best comment ever!
  • + 2
 god i love that dog
  • + 1
 "Nothing can go wrong." Going with it 'cuz Yoann said so!
  • - 1
 Il est plutôt cool, très bon sur le vélo, mais qu'est ce qu'il en fait des caisses à chaque fois...
C'est un peu lourdo parfois
  • + 2
 that trail is insane!
  • + 2
 So is Yoann, so it works.
  • + 0
 This is rad! Great concept
  • + 0
 Hopefully Yoan will come to Europe.
  • + 0
 lol, his comments are really funny.
  • + 1
 YOBAR FUBAR
  • + 0
 Could we get reviews on different types of La Baguettes?
  • + 1
 Nose wheelie? Check????
  • + 0
 Yoann is the new Cedric. All hail Yoann
  • + 0
 Super cool guy!
  • + 0
 more YB please!!!!
  • + 0
 Yohan !!
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