Update: After Specialized announced the end of its relationship with Darren Berrecloth last week, it appears that The Claw will be riding for Canyon, as evidenced by an Instagram post (below) showing him at Rampage with a freshly-build Torque (Canyon’s DH bike). Berrecloth is the first North American athlete to be sponsored by the German consumer-direct brand, and this deal is an indication of Canyon’s impending entrance into the North American market, which you can read more about here.
Here’s the press release and video that Specialized sent out last week:
Darren Berrecloth has been with Specialized for 10+ incredible years. He came at a time when mountain biking was on the cusp of a radical new revolution, and being an innovator, he quickly became a true pioneer of the modern style of big mountain and slopestyle riding.
Never one to shy away from what’s thought to be impossible, Darren was the first rider to do many of the tricks that are now “must haves” for any professional rider in the modern landscape. First and foremost of these was going big. Darren tricked some massive lines that others were content to simply straight air. He was also one of the first to bring the 360-drop, the opposite 360, multiple tailwhip combinations, and the list goes on and on.
Specialized would like to thank Darren Berrecloth for everything he did for freeride mountain biking and for the Specialized brand. It’s been an honor to take this journey alongside him, we wish him the very best in his next chapter.