Interview: Yoann Barelli on His First Major Injury

Jun 21, 2019 at 16:04
by Sarah Moore  
Tutu everyday with Yoann Barelli.


Yoann Barelli announced earlier this week that he will be out for six to nine months after he lost balance when he was climbing. The result is a complete ACL tear, a severely injured meniscus, a small fracture on the tibia plateau and a first degree MCL tear.

I caught up with Yoann Barelli yesterday, just four days after his injury. We talked about how he's never broken a bone before, how he's staying positive and how he's already made a plan for recovery and getting on the top step of the Enduro World Series podium.



Take me back to the moment you hurt yourself. What was your first thought after you hurt your knee?


Yoann Barelli: Sunday morning, we were just starting our bike ride. One of my buddies mentioned that there’s a skinny that someone climbed with an ebike. I was like “Oh, I”m sure I can climb it with my regular bike.” I started and then basically, first try, lost the front end, tried to save it. I didn’t judge how far away the ground was properly and basically landed with all the weight on my leg. I heard two pops and right away I went into protection mode on my knee. I knew it was a pretty big injury. It wasn’t a gentle injury, or a little sprain. My friends carried me out since I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. Right away I was already thinking about the season and that it might be the end of my season. I went back to the truck and called my physio and straight away just went to my physio.


Before you hurt your knee, did you ever worry about injury or do you try not to think about it too much?


Yoann Barelli: You don’t really think about this kind of stuff. I’m really comfortable riding all this gnarly stuff. It’s really natural to me. I go with my gut and when I feel like I can do something, I go for it. I know that if you feel it, why not try it. If I’m kind scared or hesitant, I won’t do it though. I never really think about getting injured though. I don’t think any pro athlete thinks about getting injured. When you are top level, you just go with the flow and you just ride.




Did you ever think you would get such a bad injury on a climb?


Yoann Barelli: No, but it’s always doing the easiest stuff that you get the most injured because you’re not really paying attention. You don’t have all your focus.


Do you think it is harder to come to terms with than if you had hurt yourself on a crazy descent?


Yoann Barelli: Actually no. The good thing with my injury is that most of the time when you have a big crash and get hurt, when you go back to riding you’re going to be kind of scared. You’ll think about the crash a lot, process the crash a lot. It’s always hard to come back right away. Which won’t be the case with this crash since it wasn’t even a crash. I just failed. So I won’t be scared or have any apprehension to go back to speed. So it’s good!


Have you been badly injured before?


Yoann Barelli: It’s actually my first big injury. I’ve never broken a bone before. I started riding when I was 7 years old and I’ve never broken a bone, knock on wood. And this is my first surgery. So I’m doing quite well.


How you think you have managed to avoid any major injuries until now?


I don’t know… I never really ride above my abilities. I always do stuff really consciously even if I seem really crazy and act really crazy. I always do things quite carefully. If my gut says “maybe you should not do that” I listen. I have had a few minor injuries that took me 3-4 weeks maximum off the bike, without any surgery.


Images for COMMENCAL Vallnord enduro Team in Oceania.
Images for COMMENCAL Vallnord enduro Team in Oceania.
No broken bones, but Yoann Barelli missed the first round of the Enduro World Series in New Zealand in 2017 thanks to this hematoma.


How often do you fall?


Yoann Barelli: Not really often. Sometimes I start crashing quite a bit but for me, that means that there is something else that is wrong. There is something wrong maybe in my head, so I try to think a little bit deeply in this case. Something wrong in my life, I’m doing something I don’t really like, or there is a set up on my bike that doesn’t really work. Most of the time I don’t really crash a lot.


A day of nothing but crashed left Yoann Barelli a bit bloody and in need of a few stitches.


How do you feel about not being able to race the rest of the season?


Yoann Barelli: It’s a bummer because riding my bike is what I love, it’s what gives me happiness. Although I am quite happy most of the time. But it gives me a bunch of joy. So I’m bummed for that, bummed that I won’t be going in the forest with my friends and playing on my bike. But I think I’ve already accepted the fact that I won’t be doing that for a long time and I’m already focused on going into surgery ready.

I’m going to be training a lot, not just sitting on my ass. Surgery will happen in 4 to 6 weeks, after the swelling in my knee goes down. But I’m not going to be sitting on my ass and waiting and drinking beer and going to the lake. I’m going to be training a bunch to be ready for surgery and then right after surgery I’m going to be training and rehabbing already. It’s a challenge and I’m in!


What are you doing to stay positive?


Yoann Barelli: I don’t know. This is me. This is just the way I am. I always try to find a positive side to everything that happens in my life. Right now I’m off the bike but there is probably some other stuff that I can do. There is photography that is one passion and then the YouTube channel that I created. I’m not going to stop that. I already have some crazy ideas. So be ready for some crazy stuff.




Are you planning on documenting your recovery process on your YouTube channel?


Yoann Barelli: I’m going to do that. But I have some other funny ideas already. Let’s see if I can do them.




What kind of training do you think you’ll be able to do leading up to and then following the surgery?


Yoann Barelli: It’s going to be a bunch of gym workouts mainly. Upper body, spinning, I have an ebike which is going to be a great tool to get outside and spinning with one leg on the Valley Trail. It’s going to be mainly gym. Maybe swimming as well, swimming might be good for me. And one-legged spinning on the road bike.


Do you work with a coach?


Yoann Barelli: I go to Crossfit in Function in Whistler and I already went to see my trainer and we came out with a plan for before surgery and after surgery along with my physio Mike.


So four days after your injury, you’ve already made a pretty solid plan.


Yoann Barelli: Everything is already on track. When I had the crash, my doctor, my physio, everybody really helped to push to get the exams done. I went through the private system and everything went super fast. Four days later I know what's going on and I know where I’m going.


How have your sponsors taken the news?


Yoann Barelli: Pretty good. I never had any pressure from my sponsors and they all know I am doing my best. I’m doing everything I can to promote their brands, to ride, to have fun, to do everything to be me basically. They know that we take risks, that we are doing quite a risky sport and that crashes happen and we can get injured. They are all super nice and say, “We have your back. Let us know what we can do for you.” It’s super cool. The mountain bike world is a big family and it’s cool to be a part of that and to have people like that behind me. It’s great.


Yoann Barelli gets amongst the rocks at the bottom of stage 2


What goals do you still have within the sport of enduro?


Yoann Barelli: I’ve been twice on the podium in an EWS but I’ve never won. I know that if I ride the way I ride normally when I’m racing, I can win. I can win an EWS. I’m 33 years old, look at Greg Minnaar. He’s still kicking ass. He’s doing that because he just loves the sport. I think I can do it. So my ultimate goal would be to win an EWS. And if I get back on the podium, that would be great. But I really want to do it. It’s going to happen.


Yoann Barelli finally regained the form he ended last season on and had an amazing day to finish in 2nd. His best EWS finish to date.
EWS winners podium from left Yoann Barelli Cecille Ravanel Richie Rude Tracy Moseley Jared Graves Isabeau Courdurier.
Yoann taking second at EWS Whistler in 2015.


Have you worked with a sports psychologist before? Why do you think it is so hard for it to all come together on race day?


Yoann Barelli: I’ve worked with a sports psychologist but I feel like I don’t really need that. I just need to release and to let go on the right day. Sometimes I feel like I’m focused on the results, the outcome, and I can’t really let it go. I’ve been racing this year really tight inside. And it’s not working. I was looking forward to Italy and France and riding with just the passion and the fun, but it’s not going to happen. I’m keeping that for next year.


Do you think you’ll have even more pressure on yourself next year?


Yoann Barelli: No, I’m totally going to let go of the pressure. It’s easy to say and hard to do but I’m going to try and do that. We will see.


Anything else you would like to add?


Yoann Barelli: Just before you called me I was on Pinkbike and I was reading all the nice comments of people and I’m kind of overwhelmed by all the support of everybody. So I just want to thank everybody for their support and to let them know that’s I said, I’m not going to just sit on my ass and do nothing. I’m going to be creative and keep everybody entertained.





128 Comments

  • 135 3
 Yoann Barelli, I appreciate your attitude and general fun loving personality when it comes to your biking and photography. Your personality on camera is intoxicating and as a viewer you bring pure joy to a sport we all love. It pains me to see people get hurt and have to go through this healing process. I too have been under the knife and had to undergo almost a year of hard core rehab so that I could walk again. The easy part is going in for surgery and waking up in pain, to fix it you just take a pill. The hard part comes a few months later and you are still laying around waiting to heal. Your head goes to dark places and that is the time everyone around you has the opportunity to help you heal. I wish you luck and look forward to seeing you RACE once again!
  • 12 1
 You just described my winter. Eight months of wondering if I’d ever ride again, but I’ve done it and I’m back on the bike! Keep working out the rest of your body and keep doing the other things you love.
  • 34 1
 The dude is so important for the sport of mountain biking. I feel like even as popular as he is he still doesn't realize the impact he has on people's lives, even beyond the bike. I struggle with mental health concerns, and watching this psychopath play bikes is one of the most refreshing, comforting things I can think of. He's a breath of fresh air in a scene full of fecund cash-grabbing kooks, and there's no way in hell he will be out for a year. Wish him all the best, and hope that he reaps the benefits of being such a positive and encouraging force in the world. Barelli is the shit.
  • 2 0
 That sucks but can't believe that's his first injury.
  • 2 0
 @Dogl0rd: yup. On the bench with a torn shoulder. Been here before but it feels so good when you get back. Glad you're back after it!
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: Indeed I think he's got a weird looking collarbone, but maybe he didn't break it on a bike ?
  • 2 0
 @Will-narayan: He's has done his AC joint. It's interesting that he doesn't consider it a proper injury. Just an unattached collar bone, lol
  • 33 2
 My riding buddy and I have this saying...Fuk skinnies! The crashes are so irritating, and not worth it. I want to be going 30mph when I crash. Then it doesnt seem like a total waste.
  • 6 0
 Or huge exposure at low speeds. If the actual riding is slow and easy but only crazy because it's next to a cliff, yeah, no thanks. Easier and safer to ride straight down the mountain than down an off camber cat walk at that point.
  • 10 27
flag scott-townes (Jun 22, 2019 at 6:09) (Below Threshold)
 skinnies and elevations are the best. just ride better, problem solved.
  • 18 1
 @scott-townes: yeah maybe they're fun for you. You missed my point though, or are just trying to be a dick as usual. My point is, I dont get enough enjoyment out of them for the consequences. I like going fast. Maybe if you were faster you would agree...????
  • 7 2
 Agreed. Jumps, berms, steeps, gnar, etc. have speed and g-forces and flight. With risk comes that reward. For me, skinnies have none of that. All risk, no reward. No thanks.
  • 5 14
flag tacklingdummy (Jun 22, 2019 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, skinny women, yes. MTB skinnies pass.
  • 7 8
 @takeiteasyridehard: nah, you can ride skinnies fast, just get better.
  • 1 0
 It's late for me, so I only read the first few paragraphs. But, good god, I hate skinnies!
  • 13 0
 Yoann, all the best from myself and my 7-year old son. He's a huge fan too and we were both gutted to hear about your injury. Into the Gnar is the best thing going on YouTube, and we both look forward to what you'll do next and to seeing you shredding on your bike once again next season! BTW your sponsors should know that my son is getting a Commencal Clash next season because of you!
  • 7 1
 I am 37 and just got a Meta because of him Wink I guess man are children for their entire life. Heal well Yoann, you are great.
  • 13 1
 Hey yoann, check out blood flow restriction strength training to consider as part of your post op tx. It allows you to substantially strengthen your quads earlier on without the risk of reinjury that weight training would bring.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/30077275
  • 4 0
 And good luck with the rehab!
  • 2 0
 Ah that shit is awful. It works though, so I am sure his team of specialists would be using it. Works really well for quads too.
  • 1 0
 Totally. Just had 4th surgery to repair torn quad. That program got be back so fast...albeit with some pain ????
  • 1 0
 Second this! Week 11 from the exact same full package knee injury as Yoann. Second ACL (new side though, at least), trying to go non-operative first. The blood flow restriction training has been huge in getting my quads and hammies reactived early after the injury, and building strength even with a very limited load capacity across the knee. Definitely worth a look at the science as handsomedan linked to, but they are using some pretty high tech pressure cuffs in most of those studies. I found this article a useful practical approach for normall folks. I just use tensor bandages instead of wraps. www.bodybuilding.com/content/your-complete-guide-to-blood-flow-restriction-training.html

All the best with the recovery Yoann, looking forward to everything you have to share from that wild and whacky brain of yours going forward!
  • 2 0
 I’d describe it as uncomfortable but worth it Smile

Definitely worth going to your Physiotherapist and getting a proper pressure to do it with and using a cuff that regulates the pressure. Much more effective.

@takeiteasyridehard:
  • 7 0
 Best of luck Yoann. I’ve loved watching your videos this year and bummed we won’t be getting more Into the Gnar this year. My wife just had ACL reconstruction surgery today so this hits a personal note with me. Can’t wait to see you back on the bike, shredding with Jackson
  • 7 0
 It's possibly a bit early but why not check out those that ride with disabilities at some point Yoann? There's people out there on adapted cycles with amazing amounts of courage and determination, and overcoming incredible hardship. You could do a YouTube video on them to both raise awareness and inspire yourself through any dark times...?
  • 4 0
 Yoann- best of luck to you and some advice from a 45yo who has had 4 knee surgeries (3 ACls): you have a great attitude, keep it up as that what will get you through this new adventure. Yes to the swimming: a new physical challenge will focus the mind, keep your cardio up, and it does wonders for the core and is amazing for recovery from gravity sports with the zero gravity environment. Massage is underrated in the knee recovery, not just after surgery but after you get back. Tight muscles like the IT band pull your knee out of alignment and create all sorts of pain and problems. A good massage and then maintenance with a foam roller helps me so much if I get recurring meniscus pain. Focus on your photography, non physical hobbies are so good for the mind when you are unable to bike. Lastly, get really into meditation. Helps so much with the mind game of dealing with the injury. Depression hits a lot of athletes during recovery. Meditation has empirical data to show its effectiveness here and is a great tool for keeping the mind right during competition.
Knock on wood, it’s been 10 years since my last surgery and I had one of the best ski seasons I’ve had since my 20’s. Battling an injury and recovering strong will make you more mentally tough. Look at the experience as a challenge to make you stronger and you will be.
  • 3 0
 It's nice to see Yoann about staying positive and redirecting his energy while injured. I tore my ACL and meniscus and sprained my MCL in March but I'm only 5 weeks post op. Accepting that I probably won't be on a mountain bike for this year was rough and took a while. Focusing on PT is great but I've also found myself doing a lot of things I normally enjoy but forego in favor is skiing or mountain biking. I can't wait to see what he comes up with to keep himself going during this process.
  • 3 0
 I took up road biking when I was banned from the MTB; I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. Being on a road bike also meant I got to see some of the Black Forest where mountain bikes are pretty much banned.
  • 2 0
 @korev: I think I might have to suck it up and buy a road bike. Or at least a hybrid of some sort. I don't enjoy the hunched over roadie thing but I miss my bike and don't have a desire to ride my Slash on the road. Hopefully I get cleared for the stationary bike next week and can quickly move to a real bike again.
  • 2 0
 @mallowpufft: my physiotherapists had an exercise bike with short cranks which meant I could get spinning earlier. I used to turn up to physio early on my crutches, hop on the bike and then go mad for half an hour. Smile Thar got me a bit of fitness back and also was great for my mental health. My physio used to insist she didn’t mind how sweaty I was Big Grin

I decided not to get a cyclocross/gravel bike as I figured I’d soon start taking risks off road and therefore it’d be safer to stick to a road bike.

I hope you recover quickly mate
  • 2 0
 @korev: My PT said I'll be allowed to hit the stationary bike in the next week or two and work towards 40 minutes on it at each session. I just got the big brace off this week but my meniscus gets angry any time I go past 50° while under load. ACL injury is the pits.
  • 5 2
 When they say "climbing" what they meant was "he was dicking around doin trials moves". It was a pretty stupid injury, but it happens to the best of us. He was having fun and none of us are going to stop having fun on the off chance we fall off the bike and pretty seriously injure ourselves.
  • 3 0
 Healing vibes dude! Such a positive guy no doubt you'll boss the rehab! Hope this slowed down time brings positives for you and you get to expand and explore other avenues for your career. Excited to see all you do and achieve!
  • 3 0
 If more people had Yoann’s positive outlook on life the world would be a better place. I’ve also had 2 fractures in the last two years from just falling over in an awkward place while barely moving. Totally sympathize and definitely frustrating.
  • 2 0
 I will seriously miss "Into the Gnar", but would love to see posts about your physio and recovery. I can totally empathize with your situation: I completely tore my ACL and lost most of my medial meniscus. The recovery is hard work, but you're fit and strike me as the type who will work hard and come back even stronger. Best of luck with your recovery!
  • 1 0
 I’m sure he’s got friends that can fill in for him. That’s what scotty crammer did and it seems to have worked.
  • 2 0
 Bon courage à toi et aux tiens, ça sera un gros travail d'équipe ! ;-) je suis passé par une rupture du tendon d'Achille il n'y pas si longtemps, je vois bien le défi que ça représente. Tu as tout l'entourage et le potentiel pour revenir au plus haut niveau. :-)
  • 1 0
 I crashed my mtn bike and had a bad injury. Put me on crutches! Irony was, this injury turned cycling into my main sport, since I could go back to cycling (bikes are great rehab!) sooner than field sports, which were my main focus at the time. Secondly, the injury spurred me to finally learn better technique when bunny hopping / jumping. Since that crash, my skills have progressed heaps! And I'm having more fun on my bike than I ever did with other sports. And I'm 36.
Cheers Yoann - you'll be back and better yet!
  • 1 0
 Looking at your video I thought it was more that the log underneath your tire gave way than you losing balence. Either way wishing you a speedy recovery. Hopefully, you can share some more of those great photographs you take while you're healing.
  • 1 0
 You're the man Yoann!! Heal up quickly dude! Your recent vids have been awesome, excited to see what you come up with for more vids whilst you're off the bike. Eat as much fruit and raw veggies as you can to quicken your recovery time!
  • 1 0
 Hey man, don't worry (I don't think you do though!). I did the ACL and meniscus last year, hell of injury but had the surgery end of November and since April-May I am back on a bike! Focus on physiotherapy, make sure you work hard and it will be over soon. A maybe find a new hobby for the meantime Wink good luck
  • 3 0
 I blame the e-bike that was reported to of ridden up the feature! If there were no e-bikes non of this would of happened. Get well Yoann!
  • 1 0
 Love watching Yoann's videos and the endless stoke he brings.
On another note I also feel bad for Jackson Yoanns dog. Someone is going to need to take that little dude out on the trials. Maybe yoanns wife is a shredder too and she will do the videos with Jackson? Yonan can just edit his voice into the video Haha
  • 2 0
 I think these guys should take over the "Into the Gnar" series while you are injured. Check out their video of Tresspasser!!!!!! Unreal. www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNqzeALFJ-Q
  • 1 0
 Hey Yoann - love your videos. Sorry to hear about your injury. I broke my first bone at 15 - ankle dislocation and break. During my recovery I used to get on a sled and push myself with ski poles through the forest in the snow - even uphill. There are plenty of active things you can do in the outdoors as you recover. Try paddling at the lake (maybe not a SUP, but a kayak may be fine). Take a walk on your crutches through the woods. During my many injuries I found just being in the forest helped me mentally. Set up a hammock, soak up the forest energy, and just chill. Sit by a creek. Look at the mountains. It's the best way to stay positive and accelerate your healing. All the best Dude.
  • 1 0
 Any of Yoann's sponsors that stop supporting him during his time of injury are not worthy of the man and public figure he is becoming. Anyone that drops him would be tremendously foolish. If anything, this should get him more sponsors from sports medicine related companies. Tip of the iceberg with this guy, that's for sure!
  • 1 0
 Best of luck in the recovery Yoann! Sucks about the injury. I would also love to see you podium again- I think you have an honest way of expressing what a lot of people feel on a bike and don't always express as clearly. It brings me back to riding a bike as a kid watching you- except that the stuff you pull off and your skill/control is ridiculous and very much unlike me as a kid...or now. Hope the recovery goes smooth. Hit me up if you want some mental stuff to work on- positive attitude is part of it- another part is understanding how the brain works under stress and learning to use your body and behaviors to change the stress response.
  • 4 2
 The one thing this story fails to mention or comment on is that he was Clipped In!!! The injuries from clipped in pedals are not worth the risk vs reward as illustrated in this story.
  • 1 0
 I did more or less the same injury as Yohann on flat pedals...
  • 1 0
 What he says is so true "You crash in the easy stuff as you are not focussed". I did my neck muscles(whjiplas), three ribs, right knee & concussion in going too hot down hill at my old school oval in 2018 overweighted & unbalanced with too much weight in a backpack. Three months off the bike, medical costs, pain & the jitters getting back on the bike. Only have my confidence back in the last 6 months. Yoann is doing well to date but a meniscus tear (I've done that in the left knee) will bring issues. He's a total beast & I wish him a fast & strong recovery.
  • 1 0
 Hey Joann, you should get a local riding buddy to ride and shoot the trails and then you do the voice over. Not as good as watching you but at least we still get the enthusiastic commentary that makes your videos so good to watch. All the best with the injury. If any town knows how to deal with ACL rehabs it's Whistler. I blew mine there in 95 and it is good as ever now.
  • 2 0
 Keep the train rolling Yoann and I'm looking forward to your new Youtube content with a new twist. Keep moving bud and heal fast!
  • 1 0
 All the best in your recovery! I went through nearly the exact same set of injuries. In the end, my blown out knee with the rebuilt acl/meniscus/mcl is far stronger than my other knee.
  • 1 0
 Shattered my tibia plateau, tore acl, and fractured tibia, sucks big time bud but you will bounce back. Gonna miss the vids but you'll be back before you know it! Healing vibes man cant wait to see you back on the bike.
  • 1 0
 Fuhhhhh, if it can happen to Yoann, I guess it can happen to anyone. Watching his videos makes it look like the guy could pull off riding his bike on top of water...while reading a book and cracking a joke. Heal up!
  • 1 0
 From a guy who did the train gap on his Enduro bike in his last video to ACL tear riding up a skinny. It’s usually the the non-threatening stuff that gets you. Hope you recover fully and quickly.
  • 1 0
 Really enjoyed the railway gap video Yoann. Get better soon. I tore my MCL in France in 2015 and although it didn't require surgery, it has taken a long while to repair itself. Good luck.
  • 2 0
 "after he lost balance when he was climbing." translated into plain english: "after he lost balance pissing about"

I do LOVE his vibe and wish him the best recovery!
  • 1 0
 I’m re-reading this, having had a stupid small crash that resulted in grade 3 ACL injury myself a few weeks back, and actually feeling a bit better. Looking forward to reconstruction surgery and rehab. Thanks Yoann!
  • 4 0
 Yoann is a class act
  • 2 0
 I completely agree
  • 1 0
 He's actually more calculated than I thought. I thought he just like to do crazy $h!t without thinking. Get well bro and we're not going anywhere.
  • 3 0
 Big love for Yoann. Heal up soon!
  • 2 0
 That is a man with a plan no matter what. That is something you have to respect.
  • 1 0
 Healing vibes & let go the rebound for fast recovery!
Those positive thoughs can be felt while reading / watching.
All the best
  • 2 0
 Bon rétablissement, Yoann ! Bon courage et tu vas revenir à fond les ballons comme d'hab' !
  • 1 2
 Acl surgeries aren’t that bad to come back from. You’ll be great. Inside of three months you’ll feel 100% but just remember to listen to your surgeon. That’s where I failed and now my graft is non-functional. After a few other major injuries and not fixing them I’m stuck waiting for a knee replacement. Moral of the story is listen to your docs.
  • 2 0
 Bumps can be harnessed for personal growth and creativity in other areas. You got this Yoann!
  • 3 0
 So at the end of the day, it's the e-bike's fault!!!
  • 1 2
 Ebikes are for the handicapped and women. He had no business being on one.
  • 3 0
 So the root cause of all of this was an ebike. That's all I heard.
  • 3 0
 Big fan of Barelli, world needs more guys like him.
  • 1 0
 Terrible to hear about this injury. I have done the litteral exact shit, except I severed my ACL. My little brother thought I walked like a pimp. It wasn't a good walk.
  • 1 0
 I love watching Into the Gnar videos. Entertaining, informative and Jaxon is a great co-host too! Hoping for a speedy recovery
  • 1 0
 So bummed! Into the Gnar is one of my favorites! Anyone that hasn't seen them, needs to!
  • 1 0
 Sending healing vibes from TEXAS Yoann! You'll be back better than ever bro!
  • 1 0
 The Mind controls the body. Yoann your a bike ninja. Heal quick the mountain bike community needs more like you.
  • 2 0
 Yoann is one of the coolest EWS riders. Always so down to Earth
  • 1 0
 you'll be back stronger to continue serving beers after all the EWS next year !! cheers bro.
  • 1 0
 Dude u definitely ride above my abilities. I look forward to your next video....
  • 2 2
 Do the patellar tendon ACL replacement surgery, if they use the hamstring tendon method it's more prone to failure and weakens the knee.
  • 3 0
 This statement is not supported by the variety of randomised control trials published on exactly the subject of various autograft and allograft options and their performance in both elite athlete and general populations. The right answer is very much dependent on the individual, their athletic and lifestyle needs, and attending surgeon and their specific graft expertise. There is no one size fits all solution and assertions like are a disservice to anyone dealing with an ACL tear.
  • 1 0
 @spoochypants: this article backs up my claims:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28205075


The hamstring method is less evasive, less painful, and gives you a quicker recovery. The patellar tendon method gives you a stronger ACL in the long run, and you don't sacrifice any of your hamstring for it. Your patellar tendon will essentially regrow and fill in with the patellar method but that does not happen with your hamstring tendons in the hamstring method. There are certainly pros and cons to each and it might depend on the person, but the patellar tendon method gives you a stronger ACL and leg in the long run because less of your knee is compromised.
  • 3 0
 Time to scuba!
  • 2 0
 Welcome to zee islaand
  • 1 0
 mvp... his sponsors are very lucky to have yoann represent them. He would be my first choice anytime. Get well dude!
  • 2 0
 Get well soon Joann. Nice tattoo. Wonder where it ends at...
  • 2 0
 First major injury.. consider yourself lucky lol
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 It OK to have a beer at the lake! We've got your back on that! Healthy vibes to YOBAR!
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 What an amazing attitude. It will help him heal that much quicker. More Jackson time!
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 Was good to read this after the doping 'news' story. Makes feel a bit better.
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 Good luck with the surgery and recovery. Maybe a new YouTube series about the process called 'Under the Gnife'!!!
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 Your attitude and look at life is awesome can’t wait for more videos hope you recover to the fullest
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 Yoann - is Jaxon going to be hosting INTO THE GNAR while you're recovering?
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 Bon rétablissement Yoann ! J'ai hâte de voir tes nouvelles vidéo sur ton chan Youtube ! Wink
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 n2 znarr ,good luck with the knee
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 So much joy. So much love in his heart. The bike will come back soon.
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 Fkkk, I really dig Yoann's video Get well man
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 The world needs more Yoann's. Bringing only GOOD VIBES!
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 be Barelli !! Best of luck Yoann
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 Get better dude! Cant wait to see your next episode.
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 Hoping thee dude comes back stronger with even more charisma
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 Aaah shi... Get well soon!
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 Top boy Yoann! Good luck with the recovery
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 Força man! Boa recuperação, ansioso para te ver acelerar novamente.
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 Heal up fast for the most happy person on bikes!!!!!
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 Wishing you the best Yoann!
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 This injury could have been prevented if e bikes weren’t a thing
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 E-bike rider "pass Barelli his beer back"
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 Love ya buddy! Looking forward to seeing your recovery go perfectly
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 The most reported injury on pinkbike of the year.
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 Go Yoann!!!!! Can't wait to see the crazy ideas ahahah
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 Yoann is the Keanu Reeves of mountain biking.
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 Nice
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 A man of action!!!
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 I thought he signed with sram as a product developer and was going to put that first while racing and not his personal achievement. Did that partnership go to shit?
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 Yoann is such a rad guy.
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 Great Attitude Bro!!
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 Get after it Yoann!
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 Possitive mind bruuSmile
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 So with an ebike he would still be riding today? O:-)
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