Farewell, Fabien Barel

Fabien Barel’s (second) retirement marks the end of the career of one of the greatest figures in mountain bike racing.

Fabien’s huge personality, professionalism and commitment to racing has been a huge force in the shape of bike racing and the bikes we ride today – they simply wouldn’t look the same without him.

His career has been charging flat out since 1997 with junior and elite World Championship DH wins and some incredible enduro victories. He’s also overcome some huge injuries – dusting himself off, healing broken bones (including a broken back) and coming back to win races. Incredible.

Whilst you’re here – don’t miss these classic Fabien edits (how good is the Stone Roses sound track on Earthed 3?!)

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