16-02-2016, CANYON Canyon and the claw
Darren Berrecloth Talks Canyon Bikes and 2016
Last year it was announced that one of freeride's living legends, Darren Berrecloth, would be joining the Canyon Factory Freeride Team. After an excellent ride at Red Bull Rampage we sat down with 'The Claw' to talk about his new Canyon bikes and what to expect from him in 2016.
Name: Darren Berrecloth
Hometown: Parksville, BC
Home Trails: Coombs, BC
Sponsors: Canyon, Red Bull, GoPro, Sombrio, Adidas Eyewear, IXS Protection, Five Ten Shoes, Shimano, Spank, Fox Suspension, Maxxis and Evoc.
Favorite Discipline: Freeride
When did you start riding?
When I was 10 years old.
A Norco Spitfire BMX that was actually my cousin’s bike!
How do you feel after Rampage? After that event are you just happy to be alive?
Honestly I love Rampage! It’s my favorite event. You can create your own lines and push it as hard as you want.
What happened during your first run? Did you have a technical problem?
My first run was definitely a bummer. I flatted on the smallest drop at the top and when I realized my front tire was flat, I was barely able to stop before a much larger drop.
How did other riders react when you showed up with a Canyon bike?
Most riders gave me weird looks for using a bike I had barely ridden before, but I showed them its capabilities!
How do you like riding for a German brand?
I love it. I have always been a fan of German engineering.
When did Canyon show up on your radar as a serious player in the mountain bike world?
It was two years ago when I first had a really good look at the bikes. Afterwards I made a mental note that if anything happened with my current sponsor, Canyon could be a great fit.
What do you think about the Canyon bikes you have now? Which bikes are you riding?
The bikes I am shredding on now are the Stitched 360, Stitched 720, Torque DHX, Strive CF and the Dude. I’m loving the bikes so far. Every bike I have ridden has been on point with geometry, fit and finish. Not a single bike has had any weird geometry or anything I dislike. I especially like how all of the minor details like the cable routing have been well thought out. Love them all.
What can we expect from you in 2016? I have heard some rumors about some upcoming projects. Anything you can tell us?
My plans at the moment involve two big mountain films. One will be released in 2016 and the other in 2017. I am also pitching an Adventure Travel TV show that takes me around the globe diving into culture, cuisine and of course, epic riding! On top of that, expect rad video and photo content to be rolling out!
Are you going to organize an invitational this year?
I will be holding an invite at Coast Gravity Park and possibly something on Mount Washington. It’s hard to say right now because the mountain just changed ownership.
What about coming to Germany to check out the trails and scene around Koblenz?
I would love to come out and shred.
When was the last time you rode in Germany?
Two years ago.
Are there any German riders you like to ride with?
German shredders are always fun to shred with. That’s the beauty of mountain biking. You can barely know someone, but biking bonds us all in a way that makes it easy to travel and indulge in different cultures.
What is a typical day in the life of Darren Berrecloth?
I live in a place that has four distinct seasons and every season brings a different sporting opportunity. I always start with a smoothie in the AM and then hit the gym two to three days a week. After that I try to ride one of my bikes and if I’m lucky ride moto or build some trail.
Having been in the game for so long, how important is progression? Do you still go out looking to learn new tricks or do something that has never been done before?
Progression can come in so many different ways. That’s what is so amazing about mountain biking. One day I will try to learn a new combination on a drop or dirt jump and the next I will try to beat my time climbing a trail. It’s all progression and I love every part of it.
How do your friends and your fans like your new bikes?
They love them and want some of their own!