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Motivational Conference Speaker
Eric Barone

Director of EB Management, Eric Barone has many talents: a conference speaker, a physical trainer and an incredible career in Extreme Bike Sports. Eric Barone is a man of action who upsets the status quo. He has made 15 world records and world firsts since 1994.

He is also the creator of several stupendous stunts in Luc Besson’s films such as the serie “Taxi” filmed in Marseilles and more recently “Lucy”. After an amazing come back after “Chaos”, his bike accident due to mechanical problems, he made a world record in 2015, then another on March 18, 2017 with a record of 227.72 km/h on the speed slope in Vars (Haute-Alpes).

MY STORY

Life experiences make us realize that we are in a learning process that is called life. When I was 10 years old a problem of growth cost me 2 years. This experience was, perhaps, what determined my destiny. Next to my father who was in the construction business, I started at the age of 18 in 1978 to be a manager of a company. Then I learned in sports how to organize my sports and film events followed by a career as a coach and conference speaker.

In 1988, I obtained the state diploma as a physical trainer and I started working for the cinema with the famous team “Rémy Julienne Action”. My life was quickly transformed by speed, involvement, creativity, danger, risk and at times a border line free fall, but always with a vision and spirit of sharing. I have tried to understand these parallel paths I took which were so stimulating, but at the same time, complicated and difficult to manage.

Only at the age of 34 in 1994 did I discover mountain biking and from that moment on all went very quickly. At 35, I joined the French Mountain Bike Team, but, meanwhile, continuing the management of my small business. I won the European Downhill Championship in Czech Republic, just one month after winning the World Championship in Germany. This dazzling European career lasted only 6 months.

At the same time, I was drawn to pure speed on snow on a mountain bike, then mountain biking on land for 1994 to 2000. I set a good number of world records including the famous 2000 record on snow at 222.22 km/h on a speed slope in Arcs, an incredible exploit I have underestimated.
Two years later in 2002 on a volcano slope in Nicaragua with an ultimate land speed attempt, I beat the world record. However, I almost perished at a speed of 172 km/h because of defective equipment. I was destroyed physically and mentally. I encountered chaos, breakdown, rebuilding and coming back. All of this was an incredible experience and it was not because of my accident, but thanks to my accident that I’ve become a strong man whose only limits are those I set.

PROFESSIONNEL

Ten years later in 2012 at 52 I was once more at the top of a ski slope at the Arcs with my mountain bike ready to go further. I called this my year zero and it was a real therapy for me to have this face to face with myself. Afterwards, all followed and “what if I tried for a record?”

Thus, a project was born with 3 years of preparation to reach for the famous world record set in 2000 at 222.22 km/h. I successfully led this project step by step to finish on the impressive speed slope in Vars on March 28, 2015 by improving the record by one small kilometer for a record of 223.30 km/h. I was terribly frustrated by this performance, a frustration coupled with a certain wisdom. I remembered Rémy Julienne repeating the old proverb, “Don’t lose yourself in the action”. Imagine telling the best parachutist in the world, “You’ll only jump once a year”! That was the kind of frustration I was experiencing.

Then came the project “A Two Year Vision” with 2 goals:
– The first goal was to achieve an exploit and be joined by artists.
It was bringing together art and sports for a truly exceptional performance.
– The second was to strengthen my mind by riding at night with no lights at the top of this famous slope.

The final step of the “Two Year Vision” project was achieved on March 18, 2017 at 7:40 am with a new world record of 227.72 km/h in hellish conditions, thus, ending my sports career in pure speed at 57 years old, but still with the desire to do more and more…..

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