Rider: Darren Berrecloth
Nicknames: Claw, Bearclaw, Bears
Home: Coombs, British Columbia, Canada
Sponsors: Red Bull, GoPro, Specialized, Sombrio, Adidas
Eyewear, Five Ten, IXS Protection, EVOC, Shimano, Spank, Fox
Suspension, Cane Creek headsets, Avena Originals
What’s your favorite type of trail?
“My all-time favorite trail would be King Kong. Well, it’s kind of
a rampage-style line, but you can shuttle it. It’s in Virgin, Utah.”
Do it yourself: Unlike the pros on the World Cup racing
scene, Darren works on his own bike when he’s riding for the
line. Some of them run close to the coast,
while others are farther inland. Land on the
ocean side of the mountains is where most
of the people live in Southern California.
Those lands don’t get much rain, averaging
only about 14 inches of the wet stuff in a
year, but they get a whole lot more than the
land on the other side of the mountains.
Those lands are true deserts, getting only
about 5 inches of rain a year, more or less.
RIDGE RIDING AND STUFF
We headed over to some little-known
trails in the area near Mormon Rocks. The
guys hiked their bikes up into the hills, and
we shot them riding along the edges of high
cliffs and down a number of ridiculously
steep ridge lines with spectacular landscapes all around them. What few marks
they left in the dirt would soon be gone
when the desert winds blew through the
We shot our final photos as the sun set
behind the hills. After that, we loaded up
the bikes and cameras and headed back
to civilization. It was a long day, but it was
What are some of the best places that you’ve ever ridden?
“My favorite place to ride is home, obviously, but on my travels
I would say the top picks would be Utah, Whistler, France, and
some pretty epic stuff in Jakarta.”
How do you keep from crashing and getting hurt when
“I always try and stay fit and limber as a great injury-prevention
tool, but when I go down, I rely on my instincts to keep me from
getting too injured [laughs].”
What’s the best thing about getting to do what you do?
“The best part about my job is the places I get to see and
enjoy, and by far it’s the people I meet along the way.”
What’s the toughest part of your work?
“The hardest part of my job is time management, but then again
that’s the hardest part of anybody’s life.”
How did you get your sponsors?
“When I was young I competed a lot, but I also made some
great friendships with photographers and worked with them as
often as possible. That led to a bunch of magazine coverage, and,
in turn, the sponsorship followed as soon as I started to get the
coverage. But then, winning contests didn’t hurt, either.”
What’s next for you, Darren?
“I have several projects on the go at the moment, but the one
that is almost completed now is a web video named ‘The Cycle,’
which is my interpretation of the all-mountain bike. Next is my
contest, which will be held at Coast Gravity Park on the Sunshine
Coast on August 22nd!”
Nice way to start the day: Lest anyone
think that “Bearclaw” has forgotten his
big-air roots, he launched this epic road
gap shortly before lunch this day. It’s a
dangerous way to work up an appetite,
but he did it so smoothly and liked it so
much he did it again.
TALKING WITH THE CLAW