The Claw or Bearclaw

Darren Berrecloth

I push my own limits everyday

Darren Berrecloth rides his line during the qualifying round for Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, USA on 15 October 2015
© John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Darren Berrecloth. My discipline is Mountainbike Freeride. My friends call me The Claw or Bearclaw. I was born on 30 September 1980 in Parksville, BC, Canada. My special talent is making the most out of big mountain lines. My philosophy of life is live every day like it’s your last and try to scare yourself once a day. My favourite music is Metallica, AC/DC and Dragon Force.


Hailing from Parksville, BC, Canada, Darren Berrecloth has been widely regarded as one of the best freeride mountain bikers in the world, ever since he exploded onto the scene with a third at the 2002 Red Bull Rampage.

With a wide range of podium finishes and magazine covers under his belt, Berrecloth is showing no sign of slowing down. A hard working athlete who puts lots of effort into building unique bike features, Berrecloth's dedication to the sport is unmatched in the industry.

Known for taking lines that other riders don't even consider, Berrecloth's success, sheer guts and determination has seen him become somewhat of a legendary figure – even more so, since breaking his back in 2011 and returning to competitive riding for 2012.

He has also put his creative juices to good use, designing the Red Bull Berg Line course for the Winterberg event, as well as building one of the most progressive courses in the world for his Bearclaw Invitational. The course has now been built as a permanent feature on Vancouver Island, with the Bearclaw Invitational hosted each year as an epic gold-level slopestyle event on the FMB World Tour.

His creativity doesn't stop there though, he also likes to mix it up in front of the cameras and his appearance in Where The Trail Ends in 2012 is witness to this, a film following the world's top freeride mountain bikers as they search for unridden terrain around the globe. There is talk of “Where The Trail Ends 2.

Unable to stay still, Berrecloth has also started Global Epix, which will allow fans to ride alongside him while travelling to a wide variety of exotic and epic locations around the globe.

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Eventual winner, Brandon Semenuk, with TV host Tina Dixon at Rampage 2016

MTB has never sounded weirder

MTB Enjoy some supremely suspect lipreading from the daddy of all freeride events – Red Bull Rampage.

Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 7th Place: Red Bull Rampage

      Virgin, Utah, USA

  2. 2015
    1. Darren Berrecloth vs King Kong

      13 years on, Berrecloth tackled the infamous King Kong line that got him a place at Red Bull Rampage in 2002

      Virgin, Utah, USA

  3. 2013
    1. 4th Place: X Games - Slopestyle

      Munich, Germany

  4. 2012
    1. Course Designer: Red Bull Berg Line

      Winterberg, Germany

  5. 2011
    1. 3rd Place: Bearclaw Invitational

      Vancouver Island, Canada

  6. 2010
    1. 3rd Place Overall: Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour

  7. 2009
    1. 1st Place: adidas Slopestyle Championship

      Saalbach, Austria

  8. 2007
    1. Nissan Qashqai Tour Champion

      Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK