What happens when you put two of racings most uncompromising characters together away from the race course?
Fabien Barel and Sam Hill have always been racers who do things a little differently. They're both big game hunters, setting their sights each year on that most elusive of prizes - the World Championship title. Competition like that builds two things - respect and curiosity. To win they each knew they had to give everything and some years it went one way, some it went the other, and the natural result of such competition is utter respect for the person who pushed your limits so far. Yet with that focus came isolation. In the high-pressure world of preparation, racing, then aftermath there is no time to pedal off into the woods. Despite having raced like this against each other for nearly a decade, they had never just ridden bikes together; they had seen what the other could do on the clock, but never had the chance to follow their wheel. So when Fabien headed down to the Southern Hemisphere to start filming the fourth season of his Fabien Barel Presents series, there was only one rider he wanted to join him...
Sam and I have always been chasing for gold. For many years we were racing together with very tight times - Fort William, Les Gets, Livigno... There were only a few tenths of a second between each other and it was definitely very good racing. - Fabien Barel
I love all mountain, just going out on my trail bike and exploring new places. You put your hydropack on, take some snacks, and whether you're by yourself or with some friends just have a day on the bike. You have fun and an adventure, find new places and ride some fun trails. - Sam Hill