Alessandro Barbero Exclusive ITWMarch 30th, 2011 by admin received Comments Off Tweet
After so many articles about bmx, he couldn’t miss on Candiesmagazine.com the Italian legend, one of the few who rocks the scene even abroad, the rider from the cold Piedmont, ok, I know you understood. Welcome the man! ALESSANDRO BARBERO!!
1.Hi Ale! Thank you for your time! Of course you don’t need any presentation, everyone already knows you, but let’s follow the standard: where do you come from, how old are you and how long have you been riding?
Hi guys, I’m Alessandro Barbero, I’m 27, I come from Ceva (CN) and I’ve been riding since 1999!
2.Sponsors and hook-ups?
Red Bull, Oakley, FIAT, SkullCandy, Hyper, VANS , TSG, 43, Moskova, Woodward and Hostile
3.Every rider lives a real love story with the sport. How did it start yours? And when did you understand that the flirt with the two wheels was going to become a long-term relationship?
I’ve always been passionate about motocross, but since I hadn’t the money nor the chance to buy it, I began riding a bmx. In some ways it’s similar to motocross and a lot of motocross riders train with a bmx to find more feeling! Then I saw the X-Games with DAVE MIRRA, and since that moment there’s been nothing else to do. I wanted to ride a BMX. It has been really difficult in the beginning, at that time it was hard to find the materials and all the stuff! But I’ve always had very clear ideas in mind, I wanted to become a Pro. There’s nothing better than follow your dreams and never give up! At that time everyone was against me, I even left the school to focus only on BMX and thanks to it I’m living a nice dream and I learnt how to live and confront with the others, to travel…
4.To understand your tricks I often have to see them in slow motion. What is your favorite trick at the moment? And which one are you trying to land?
Every trick can look as easy to do if you perform it with smoothness, style and creativity. And I like it, most of all if it makes me feel good in the moment I land it, this is the core! I think next one I’ll try is 360 double opposite down whip…
5.We can say that you’re a local in Woodward, and we saw you riding a thousand spots and huge parks, among them of course we mention the huge Priero bike park! What’s the spot you like the most, the one where you really feel at home, the one you can’t wait to ride?
The spot is important, but even more important are the people you ride with. It’s so cool riding with a bunch of motivated guys who want to learn how to ride, even if it’s hard to have enough motivation to ride at an high level!
6.Talking about Priero, the Barbero and Friends has been really a huge event! [Barbero and friends]; are you planning a second round this year?
Sure, we’re working to do it again, then everything depends on the budget we’ll have. I’m really satisfied about last year event, and I want to say a big thank to anyone who, in a way or another, took part at the Barbero and Friends, it’s also thank to them if it was a success!
7.You literally rocked in Montpellier! What’s your greatest highlight from the last year of riding?
Montpellier was without any doubt a very important contest to win in Europe! Indescribable sensations, it’s impossible for me to explain what I felt during the runs in Montpellier… things like that happen only a few time in a life, do what you love surrounded by thousands of people, with jay-z in the Ipod, my brother in the public and land the Italian job at the first try, and for the first time in the world… It was so good..Thanks.
8.Is there a crew, or a bunch of friends you usually ride with when you’re in Italy? And what’s your relation with the American riders?
The Italian riders usually don’t ride with great constancy, as far I know! Here in the States everything is done with a different approach…
9.You’re also a great snowboarder, and this year you’re the new entry of the Hostile team. I’d ask you thousand questions about snowboarding, but I ask just one: park, rails or powder?
For the snowboard I could say the same things I think of BMX. Everything gives me motivation to ride, and I enjoy the riding day at most, whether snow conditions are good or not. Hostile and I have been friends for many years, even before I began to ride bmxs… so we decided to do something together, I promote snowboard as a funny sport to enjoy with a bunch of friends, I just ride to relax… Next year, 2011/2012, you’ll see the board I created together with Carletto, “Saved by my attitude”…
10.Being a pro is surely a dream for most of us. But there’s a side of the coin that not everyone knows, the side of the slams, of the sacrifices, hard trainings, travels and transfers. Do you ever feel under pressure for all those things? Or is it all about having fun?
You have to accept the consequences of being a pro, you have to know how to get up again after a bad slam, an accident, a breaking with a sponsor and so on… only a few people know what does this life mean, but the sercret is, as you said, having fun. Otherwise everything is over… You have to learn how to live with your fears, and the pressure is part of the game. You just have to turn it in something good!
11.What are your three best highlights up to now?
2 finals at the DEW Tour 2008, 1st Place T-Mobile 2007 1st Place FISE 2010
12.Ale Barbero has really got a “crazy life”? What do you do when you get off your bike?
I have a normal life, I snowboard, I hang out with friends, I train in the gym with my trainer Lorenzo, I update all my sponsors with news, and so on, and I listen to rap music…
13.Any project for the future? Where do you see Ale Barbero in ten years?
I don’t think I’ll be still riding a bmx, surely I want to move out of Italy and build something good and positive, something that keeps me busy and motivated. I’m very ambitious, I’m never satisfied! Maybe I’ll study again, I’d also like to do some charity work to help people in need!
14.We’re at the end! last lines are yours:
Do what you like to do, don’t be slave of the routine, follow your dreams and never give up, in front of anything… I thank everyone who believes in me and in my projects, and all those who love me! And do a lot of sport, which makes you feel alive… Thank you
Thank you Ale, keep on following him around the world! Represent!YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: BIKE, Featured Articles, INTERVIEWS