Andreu Lacondeguy is constantly pushing at the boundaries of mountain biking. “I can’t stay calm while riding," he says. "I always take risks, so if there are three rounds, I’ll fall in two of them and get it perfect in the last one. I always try to stretch myself to the limit.” It’s this attitude that’s made him a firm favorite with MTB fans around the world, while high-profile wins -- including Crankworx Whistler -- have helped establish him as mountainbiking’s hottest talent.
Andreu and his brother Lluis learned their skills and showmanship in California, where they could practice with international MTB and BMX stars. “We all know each other and the atmosphere is great. What’s more, we meet at all the competitions, so if someone comes up with a good trick, you feel happy for them even if they get in ahead of you.”
Now Andreu is on his way to the top of the class. He is best known as the first man to land a backflip from a snow-covered big air ramp on a mountain bike and is one of only three athletes to have landed a double backflip on a mountainbike in cometition (the Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Graz in 2008).