French MTB rider Yoann Barelli has emerged as one of the riders to watch at the Enduro World Series – securing a top 10 in the season rankings last year, and now leader of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team in this season’s competition.
Recently, he swapped his normal ride, a Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 0 Team, for a Giant TCX Advanced 1 cyclo-cross bike – as ridden by Marianne Vos and Lars van der Haar – and put it through its paces on the trails at Whistler in Canada, posting the video to Facebook.
As the out-takes at the end show, there was the odd mishap – but it’s still an impressive bit of riding, with Barelli joining the likes of Chris Akrigg in switching to skinnier tyres for a bit of off-road riding.
The 29-year-old had a less happy time at the Osprey BC Enduro Series, also in British Columbia, at the weekend – poised to take the overall win, he went off course on the final intersection of the five stage event, reports Pinkbike.com.
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