Who is Cyril Despres?

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Let’s do some word association. If we say “Cyril Despres,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? The Dakar, right? The 36-year-old Frenchman only started racing Enduro in 1998 and entered the rally for the first time, while it was still being held in Africa, in 2000. By 2002 he’d won his first stage and in 2005, riding for KTM, he won the rally outright. He won again in 2007 and in 2010, success he hopes to repeat when the 2011 Dakar begins in Buenos Aires on January 1. Here, Red Bull profiles its extraordinary athlete and we’ve thrown in 41 high-res images of Cyril in action, both in rallying and Enduro, for good measure.

Photos: Samo Vidic/Andre Chaco/Jorge Ferrari/Marcelo Maragni/Mihai Stetcu/Predrag Vuckovic/Alfredo Escobar/Gustavo Cherro/Red Bull Photofiles



via Red Bulletin

  • Glenngineer

    “Everything make me happy”

  • Scott

    Cy’s a great moto-celebrity-racer-guy. Seems pretty sincere about happiness and the here & now.
    Short video gives away too much time with no content(shaky-images) ‘art’, IMO.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Total ruler.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    there’s a whole bunch of red bull going on around here.. If they are a new sponsor I want my money back, haha

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, nothing like that. Red Bull just seems to be involved with about everything awesome that happens these days and is smart enough to create editorial content surrounding what it sponsors.

      Also, content’s been a bit slow as I’m stranded in European airport hell.

      • Bronson

        “Red Bull just seems to be involved with about everything awesome…”


      • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

        still?? geez, I thought everything was back to normal again?

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Dude, I’m stranded till Friday. The only reason I’m getting home in time for Xmas is because I have like one trillion frequent flyer miles. You should have seen the re-ticketing line at CDG when they heard me get the last seat out before Saturday, I though there was going to be a riot.

  • jim

    The short one actually gives “art” a bad name ;^)