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Yoann Barelli Launches the Into the Gnar Progression Team

Feb 9, 2022 at 10:12
by Yoann Barelli  

Press Release: Into The Gnar Progression Team

Into The Gnar started with self-filmed mountain bike videos on the gnarliest trails, giving tips on how to safely approach sketchy terrain, and simply sending it my way. It quickly became a love letter to the sport and a love story with the gnar… growing to include cameos by tons of great riders who enjoy sharing their passion for mountain biking and beyond.

Today we announce the next step! Please meet the Into the Gnar Progression Team.


This video docuseries will showcase each rider's unique riding style and the details of how we work to overcome obstacles.

The progression team is not a conventional team focused on racing. This team focuses on diversity, goal setting, riding progression, sharing the ups and downs, and respecting our community. Each rider in the group is on their own path, but everyone shares a common belief that working together is the best way to reach our goals.

We invite you to join us in this season-long video journey and we are sure that everyone that tunes in will enjoy the ride!

Nicole Kennedy

Instagram: nicole.a.kennedy
* 28 year old from Utah, living in Vancouver
* Professional trail builder in Squamish
* Recently sent one of the most significant gaps in Utah
* Her goal is to be part of Red Bull Formation, Dark Horse and more
* She aspires to become one of the top female freeriders

CJ Hauptman

Instagram: @cjhauptman
* 13-year-old shredder from the North Shore, British Columbia
* He sends it with style and is super creative with his riding
* His goal is to land his first backflip on dirt + compete in his first DH/Enduro races
* He aspires to one day compete at Red Bull Rampage

Reilly Fogolin

Instagram: @reillyfogolin
TikTok @reillyfogolin
* 20 years old from Whistler, BC
* Loves riding skinnies + baking
* An incredibly talented rider with huge potential; featured in 3 videos with Yoann this past year
* His goal is to build his own line + showcase it through video content
* He aspires to create content that makes people dream

Flavio Kodato

Instagram: @flavs_mtb
* 46-year-old Brazilian living in Whistler
* Ex-Brazilian DH Champion, ex-professional road cyclist, ex-lawyer -
* One of the best mountain bike coaches in the Whistler Bike Park
* Loves taking 10-year-old riders through Crabapple hits and being a dad to two fantastic girls
* His goal is lead Yoann down Trespasser + send some new gaps + improve his whips
* His ambition is to keep pushing his limits + progressing + to keep surfing life!

Yoann Barelli

Instagram: @yoannbarelli
* 36 year old from France, living in Whistler
* DH racer turned Enduro racer turned “Freerider” Coach and Team manager
* Loves riding the gnarliest trails in the world + being a dad and step dad
* His goal is to get redemption at Red Bull Hardline in 2022 + Crankworks Whistler
* His ambition is to keep pushing the limits on gnarly terrain + entertain/to inspire people

The entire team is proud to partner with some of the most forward-thinking brands in the world. Without them, this project could not exist.


Title Sponsor
Guerrilla Gravity

Primary Sponsors
Ennef Design
Industry Nine
Lolo Racks
North Shore Billet
PNW Components

Featured Videographer
Kelsey Toevs

Special Thank You's
Travis Brothner for photography, hosting the fit session and letting us rides bikes all over the showroom
To all sponsors, including 100%, thank you for believing in this project and your expedited shipping!

The entire Progression Team docuseries will also be available on the IntoTheGnar YouTube Channel.

MENTIONS: @yoannbarelli

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  • 122 1
 Yoann has such an interesting take on this little thing we are doin on bikes. As much as I love watching elite world cup DH... The reality is the things Yoann does are a lot more in touch and tangible to the community at large. Will be interesting to see the series play out considering how vague the concept is. I hope the ultimate effect is it inspires people to create local groups that can advocate for each other. Whether that's trail building, starting races, developing programs to reduce barriers for new riders, etc.
  • 23 0
 True. My personal biking experience involves fun, progression and beauty in nature. Top speeds haven't ever been a priority so racing, while impressive, doesn't have any connection to my life. I like the idea of a team of people to follow that learn to rip and are maybe half way relatable (they are all way better than me, I'm sure).
  • 7 0
 The Johannes Gutenberg of Mountain Biking.
  • 79 0
 Thank you for the kind words, and this is exactly what this team is about, engaging with the local communities by taking part of races, fundraisers, trail building, environmental actions and more. And on top of that, giving all the tools these riders need to achieve their goals, whatever they are!!
I'm super excited and I can't wait to share the next video with you Smile
This year is going to be awesome!!!
  • 4 0
 @yoannbarelli: You are the Man, Man!!!! Have fun!!!!
  • 7 0
 I'd rather watch Yoann than some racers, he's funnier. more interesting, and I actually get a charge outta watching him do his thing.
  • 6 0
 @yoannbarelli: keep scaring the crap outta us with your bonker lines.
  • 2 0
 @yoannbarelli: hey mate , so happy to see this amazing progression for your story !! will be a hardline to see you crush it this year , you helped my progression so much this last year , cant wait to see what u do for these. guys and gals
  • 29 4
 How ‘bout adding a Washington-based, frequent BC visiting, 60 year old gnar-loving free rider trying to hold onto fitness, keep sending it with his much younger bro riding partners, and keep progressing as he moves into the 4th quarter of life?

Ready to serve and represent the senior age demographic if called!
  • 13 0
 Ha I'm almost the same age truning 59, and am in the same boat. All my riding buddies are much younger and my riding just keeps getting better, even after a new hip woot woot.
  • 10 0
 That's so awesome to hear. I wish I'll become that kind of rider at your age as well Smile Looking at some gnarly lines, and say "why not?!" haha

Let's see how this year go and I'll do an application process for next year, Keep sending it !!!
  • 9 0
 @nsteele: the worst thing about being 61 is I don't bounce anymore, I just lie there and cry quietly for the next five minutes
  • 4 0
 @yoannbarelli: i have to keep my father from these "why not" moments. he bought his first full sus bike with 71 and rides too many things that are too difficult. injuries dont heal that fast anymore.
please advocate a little self awareness and honesty for ones skill for the 60+,
some could need that.
  • 3 0
 @p0rtal00: After 50, Pain is more painful.
  • 5 0
 @Korbi777: thanks for the concern, but don’t need anybody telling me what I shouldn’t be doing. My skill level is still high, and I’m realistic about what I do and don’t do anymore. 40 foot booters are no longer on the menu. Cop Killer? Treasure Trail? Sex Girl? Still on the menu, thank you very much. Don’t fall. Or, learn how to fall - it hurts less.

When my young bro shredders start leaving me behind, I’ll hang it up, but that day is a LONG ways away.

60 is the new 30! To the soon-to-be-senior crew, don’t let anybody tell you different.
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: i was talking about my dad not you. he has a hard time judging what he can ride.
  • 26 0
 ex-lawyer on the team and no case jokes yet?? You guys are slipping...
  • 11 0
 Well, you are here for that Smile
  • 15 4
 Aw yeah!! Love this and I wish you all the best!! (P.S. YT video is saying it's private.)
  • 6 1
 thats only for you....
  • 7 68
flag whattheheel (Feb 9, 2022 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 Suck a fatty, Fatty!! I was on it before it went live!!! So making your wife punch you!!!!
  • 9 0
 @whattheheel: downvotes for you hah...

PS everyone else he is just busting me no offence taken
  • 5 20
flag whattheheel (Feb 9, 2022 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 I may have to call off the hit on you if you're going to be nice... lol lol
  • 13 1
 46 year old.... There's still hope!
  • 10 0
 LOVE this and super hyped to follow along with this progression team.
  • 14 0
 Thank you Christina, Wanna join ? Wink
  • 7 2
 Man does no one clean their shoes these days? Why, when I was a young lad, we had to have our boots sparkly clean before every match, otherwise the coach would sit us on the bench
  • 12 0
 And in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. ‘Give me five bees for a quarter,’ you’d say. Now, where were we? Oh, yeah! The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt which was the style at the time
  • 5 0
 @Jgallegos335: They didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
  • 6 1
 Progression team… what’s your goal?? “Progress my riding!”

Checks out.
  • 14 0
 If they have a regression team, sign me up....
  • 4 0
 There is MTBs on TikTok now? Obviously no-one wants to admit to a facebook account any more.
  • 5 1
 Yoann is the best french person to ever exist. full stop. fucking fight me.
  • 1 1
 Don't want to fight, it's been too long, and I'm worried I don't have it in me these days. But, my vote goes to Vergier, for French bike rider...
  • 1 0
 @robito: i said "person" not "rider"
  • 1 0
 I'm french and I agree
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Changed my mind. Let's fight.
  • 4 0
 Send it!!! Stoked to to for this series.
  • 5 0
 the Yoann-rangers
  • 2 0
 Ok Team, before you learn to master Ze bike ...........you have to learn to master ze accent ....Comprendre? Its important to ride well but also sound and look cool !!
  • 2 0
 That's awesome! How cool would it be to be on that team....so much fun to be had and ride skill to gain. Not going to lie...I'm envious!
  • 15 0
 Everything is staged, the riders are pissed off, we don't laugh and none of them is progressing, it really sucks.. hahahaha!! Man I can't wait to show you what's planned, super pumped !!!
  • 1 0
 @yoannbarelli: I can't wait to see it unfold, I'm sure it'll be awesome. I'll have to get in on the next one! lol
  • 3 0
 They ve got the best clothing design on the circus so long this season (specially Johan..)
  • 2 1
 Now all we need is for Steve to create a team (I will volunteer as his old guy rep) and we will beat your team in an end of year contest!
  • 4 0
 Not one BMX background
  • 2 0
 just noted the older riders.....well thats a new trend!!
  • 2 0
 Somehow read the whole article in a french accent :-P
  • 2 0
 good one mate ! can wait to see all the episodes ! brraaaap
  • 2 0
 Right on, what a opportunity, for them.
  • 2 0
 Sweet, here's to a Gnarly year ahead!
  • 2 0
 disappointed none of them have a bmx background
  • 1 0
 Lol! "Old Man" and 46. Nahhhh... but I'm sure he's good regardless of that number. =)
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 Puts, que legal! Flavio Kodato!!!!
  • 2 0
 Yoann the Ninja Turtle
  • 1 0
 I want to join you guys. It looks fun.
  • 1 0
 Reilly's instagram link takes you to pinkbike. Oops.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a funny PB glitch, since Reilly's IG and PB handles are the same. If you click on Instagram, it takes you to Reilly's IG page, fortunately!
  • 5 5
 "This team focuses on diversity" - Is this really what passes for diversity these days?
  • 1 0
 What a “Barelliant” idea Yoann
Send it brizzo Smile
  • 1 0
 These folks seem awesome. Love it. Excited to see them all progress!
  • 3 5
 looks like these were shot at iso 20,000 without flash. the blacks have been lifted and clipped so far that the color has turned yellow, and the pixelation is very visible.
  • 1 1
 I noticed this as well. Not sure what the downvotes are about! Shame, because Yoann and co. deserve top-notch photography!
  • 1 0
 Looks dangerous
  • 2 4
 No Grim Donut as the bike of choice? Seems like a golden opportunity missed, PB!
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