We’ve teamed up with Jeep, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, to shine a spotlight on some of the ultimate renegades from the world of action sports – past, present and future. This interview with Canadian mountain bike pioneer Darren Berrecloth, which first appeared in our sister publication Dirt Mountainbike Magazine, explains how he became one of the best-respected and most influential riders in the business – and why he’s such an inspiration to the likes of Jeep ambassador Dan Atherton.
Words by Lucy Kemp | Video and photos by Jasper Wesselman
Eagles come to him to learn how to fly. Bucks are so honoured to be hunted by him, that they casually wander into his yard and wait. He gets a say in where the next Red Bull Rampage is held.
If he doesn’t like the way a slopestlye course feels, he changes it, and then helps start organizations like the FMB. He doesn’t always offer his opinion, but when he does, everybody listens. He is Darren Berrecloth: The Most Interesting Man in Mountain Biking.
On a rainy weekend on Vancouver Island, Darren Berrecloth plays the part of happy host, he welcomes us with open arms and a couple Coors Lights. We are given a quick tour of his beautiful house and then plop down on the couch to see what’s good on Netflix. A text message comes in and we’re invited over to his neighbour’s house for a couple more beers.
“Darren doesn’t always offer his opinion, but when he does, everybody listens.”
Arriving on the scene, we’re greeted by a couple of people deep into a few bottles of wine, dancing to Motley Crue and Molly Hatchet. Everyone is arguing over what music to play next. Eminem is vetoed. Rolling Stones are cheered. Beastie Boys are booed. The Gossip gets the nod from the Claw and we rock out until one of the other guests is over it. It goes on like this until we’re ready to leave and get some rest before we start shooting the next day.