Alex Barbero came to worldwide attention when he moved from Europe to the US in 2008. As a rookie on the Dew Tour, he came tenth and 11th respectively in the Cleveland and Orlando stages of the tour, and automatically qualified to take part in the competition the following year. He had already established himself as one of the undisputed leaders of the European scene. He won the Italian Championships in 2003, and, over the next three years, finished first at the Suzuki BMX Masters in Cologne, second in the Nokia FISE in Montpellier, and first in the King of Paca in Marseilles. His success continued in 2007, when he was chosen as Italian Freestyler of the Year, as well as winning ‘Best Trick’ at Hit The Target. Growing up in De Ceva, a small village near Turin in northern Italy, Alex wanted a dirt bike to ride, but his father bought him his first BMX instead. At the age of three he was already whizzing around without the stabilizers. Initially flitting between dirt and street BMX, Alex soon decided that park tricks were what he was really into and he first made an impression in 2000 when he secured a third place at the Italian Championships. He says that his special talent is ‘tailwhips and tricks’, with his favourite individual trick being the Double Whip. As a youngster he was influenced greatly by the Australian style of Ryan Guettler, Corey Bohan and Colin McKay, while also admiring the legendary American rider Dave Mirra.
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