Barone Speed Tour
LE BARONE SPEED TOUR LES 7 & 8 JANVIER À VAL D’ISÈRE
Skiers racing flat out down the steep slopes of Val d’Isère have become a pretty familiar sight during recent consecutive weeks of the Alpine Skiing World Cup. But a guy tackling the same pistes on a mountain bike is something else. On Saturday morning, French stuntman and cycliste extraordinaire Eric Barone will act as a preliminary forerunner – bike replacing skis – in the Women’s downhill on the famous Oreiller-Killy (OK) course. It’s a great ‘first’ and a taster for the Barone Ski Tour which takes place in Val d’Isère on January 7 and 8, 2017.
Eric Barone, born on November 4, 1960 at Oyonnax in the Jura, set his first mountain bike downhill record on snow in 1994. He broke it again three times over the three following years. After losing the title of best mountain biker on snow in 1998 he got it back in 1999 before establishing a record in 2000 of 222.30 kph (138.08mph). In 2015 Eric Barone set a new world record of 223.30kph (138.75 mph).
The mountain bike champion on snow now wants to spend more of his time life coaching and lecturing. But before that, he wants to ensure that his exciting discipline will live on. It’s with this in mind that last year he created the Barone Speed Tour in a quest to find a potential successor as world record holder.
On January 7 and 8 he is organising a stage of the tour in Val d’Isère with a timed descent of the OK downhill course. The winners of each of the six races on the tour will compete against each other in the final in March.
The aim: to pick the future Red Baron with the potential to break Eric’s world record.