Mountain Biker Darren Berrecloth Talks Travel, Injuries, and Red Bull Joyride


As one of the most accomplished freeride mountain bikers in the world, Darren Berrecloth is always looking for new places to ride. For his most recent project, North of Nightfall, from Red Bull Media House, Berrecloth found a place that no other human being had ever ridden before: Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian Arctic.

“It’s all about experiencing new things in life, and traveling is one of the easiest and best ways to get out of your comfort zone,” Berrecloth told Men’s Journal. “I’m always looking for the biggest lines and biggest rides I can find, and this place fits that. It’s an adventure, and there’s always that desire to explore.”



Along with riders Carson Storch, Cam Zink, and Tom Van Steenbergen, Berrecloth—who has competed in all types of mountain biking events, including Red Bull Joyride and Red Bull Rampage—ventured to the island to ride on glaciers and mountains that reached over 2,000 feet. With the island being so close to the North Pole, it goes through a nine-month winter.

That left Berrecloth and his crew only a one-month stretch of the year when the island had no snow, was warm enough to ride in, and enough light to do it. In fact, there was plenty of light—during the time the crew was there, the sun never set. The wild conditions and remote nature of the island is what drew in Berrecloth: “My goal is to always find almost impossible places to ride, and then ride them,” he said.