Video: Getting up to Race Speed with Yoann Barelli's Pro Tips

May 24, 2022 at 16:27
by Pinkbike Originals  


With the first race of the year only days away, Yoann and Christina assess a one minute section of trail, isolating the difficult areas and working on increasing overall trail speed.








45 Comments

  • 53 1
 Watch all sorts of "how to" bike videos........this is one of the best ive seen. Yoann is not only a great rider and charismatic dude, he is a fantastic teacher/explainer. Tons of great info packed into this vid. Thx pinkobarellichapetta
  • 21 1
 Ha! Thanks for the feedback! He has a lot of experience to share so a quick video will never do it justice. But I think we touched on a lot of good topics here.
  • 20 0
 Knowing where to look when riding is a tricky one to master. I am constantly working on it and I always have to remind my self to look ahead so I can carry speed through sections. This was a good video with examples of where and when to look!
  • 1 0
 For sure, me too. Even the pros talk about always having to work on it. Eyes up, eyes up!!!!!! LOL
  • 3 0
 "look where you want to go, not where you want to avoid"
  • 5 0
 @mybaben: Its not eyes up, its head up. Like Yohan says, when you move your head to look, it encourages the rest of your body to follow. Shoulders, hips, feet. Simples.
  • 3 0
 @glasvagas: This! Moving your entire head is a trick if you've ridden for years not knowing that it was something to do. Got brought up to me by a friend who did moto when we were out riding and it was game changing.
  • 15 1
 Yoann is such a character. Seems like he would be fun to hang out with.
  • 9 0
 Can confirm! Super fun to be around.
  • 1 0
 I highly suggest you sign up for one his rides like Oaxaca. Such a cool dude and fun to hang around with even after the rides.
  • 13 0
 Great vid... love watching both of you guys!
  • 13 0
 Came in expecting a good video. Expectations were exceeded.
  • 5 0
 Thank you! Fun day out for sure and I’ve been using his reminders every ride.
  • 5 2
 If you want to feel what Yoann means when he says you will go where you look try riding a skateboard or a surfboard. When riding them you cannot turn unless you are really looking where you are turning. My turns while MTBing have improved vastly since have I started riding a skateboard.
  • 9 1
 ........100% skate or die \m/
  • 1 0
 Same for snowboarding (and autocross kinda) - that was the key for linking my first two turns way (way, way) back in 1997, the instructor told us to turn and look where we wanted to go, it forced your shoulders to turn which in turn created the weight transfer needed to move from edge to edge.
  • 2 0
 Same for white water kayaking (which I did before MTB, as I decided broken bones were preferrable to drowning). You basically go where you look so if you stare at a hole / tree / siphon, that's where you'll end up!
  • 1 0
 Try BMX. If you don’t turn your head everyone passes you. The lessons come fast on the track.
  • 7 1
 Professor Barelli !! good stuf ! Christina was an excellent student. Six seconds is a lot on a 1 minute track.
  • 5 0
 Thank you! Been using his tips a lot more lately and they’re helping my confidence on the bike.
  • 6 0
 Christina is such a fantastic ambassador for the sport. Great video, as all ways!
  • 3 0
 Took a motorcycle riding class many years back biggest thing I remember VDC. Visual Directional Control. Look ahead and where you want to go. So simple and so easy to forget.
  • 6 1
 would love to ride Yoann's bike, it looks amazing.
  • 2 0
 You can, you just gotta build one on Ride GGs website
  • 5 0
 What a rad video. More Yoann and Christina please!
  • 5 0
 racing is hard.
  • 3 1
 The most amazing part to me about this video is the size of those massive cell phone's both of them were carrying in their pockets!
  • 3 0
 What an amazing coach to have pre-race! Have a great race Christina!!!
  • 8 0
 Thanks! I raced that weekend and did pretty well so I’m stoked! Now, to recreate that in Scotland…
  • 2 0
 @christinachappetta: good luck in scotland!
  • 1 0
 @christinachappetta: Are you racing EWS this weekend? If so, where is the Christina option in fantasy!
  • 2 3
 The race car analogy is 100% accurate. The only advantage we have in our race cars is pad compounds with huge initial bite to accomplish this on the front brakes and if you really did this on a bike you’d go over the bars. But I like the analogy. It’s where all the speed comes from.
  • 1 0
 Positive self talk and mental imagery plays a huge role in performance! Great points by Yoann, and said in a way that is very easy to digest. What an awesome coach.
  • 1 0
 Agree with all, great vid!! Both have unique charisma and the insight into the process is great to continually re-visit. Thanks!! More of these two!!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome Video , very informative !
  • 1 0
 Braking! UGH! I would bet that out of all our necessary MTB skills proper braking is probably my worst. Frown I'm sad now.
  • 2 0
 So much envy for Yoann's NF pants
  • 1 0
 This might be the single best video PB has done. Great info and really well presented.
  • 1 0
 must work on these in order to avoid passenger mode on the bike thanks a lot Yoann and Christina ! Let's go ride
  • 1 0
 What helmet is Christina wearing? Looks rad.
  • 3 0
 Fox speedframe
  • 1 0
 @nigelnobrakes: appreciated! Many thanks.
  • 1 0
 Love it! Thanks Yoann and Christina
  • 1 0
 A lot of gems drops on this video, plus the enthusiasm!
  • 1 0
 Great video, more of these please!





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