Back On The Streets: Guille Lyon

Back On The Streets: Guille Lyon

words & PHOTOS: HÉCTOR SAURA


Hard work culture is something Guille’s parents taught him early on, that nothing comes easy, and if you see him on a bike, it’s clear he’s translated that attitude towards it. He works in construction, hanging from a rope all day long, fixing stuff, painting, or whatever is needed, and sometimes, he switches the rope for a video camera to film BMX video parts.

He learned to ride a bike when he was around four years old, “One day, I was at my uncle’s house, and I was boasting about my bicycle skills. My mom told my uncle I had never tried to ride a bike without the training wheels. Still, I was like: “I can do that easily.” My parents said, “OK, let’s do it.” They removed the training wheels and gave me the bike. I started pedaling right after, surprising everybody as I didn’t fall.”

Years later, he would go out with his father and pedal around the nearby mountains of Barcelona every other Sunday, “I loved the speed of going downhill and jumping off bumps on the gravel roads.”

When he discovered a skatepark in his hometown, he rode a scooter with his lifelong friend Miki for a while, “It was easier to get used to the transitions and ramps at first,” but they quickly switched to bikes, so his father gave him its first freestyle bike as a present, “He got really mad at me as the first thing I did was remove all the gears and brakes and spray paint it.” From then on, he couldn’t stop riding.

Like many of us, he grew up watching the New World Disorder films, and it certainly influenced his riding thanks to a part that struck him, “It was hard for me to get motivated with the Freeride and Dirt Jump parts, as there was nothing similar in my town to ride. But when I watched Aaron Chase and Jeff Lenosky‘s part in Barcelona, it really motivated me to do more of the same. I loved how street riding looked on a mountain bike and how they were doing so many different stuff and using all kinds of obstacles.”

So, of all the freestyle disciplines, Street organically became the one he would practice more, “Over time, I’ve figured out that Street is the discipline where I have the most fun. I’ve always loved the feeling of grinding, jumping stairs, and doing gaps. It gives you many different possibilities, and you can practice it anywhere.”

Guille wouldn’t be the person he is today if he hadn’t started riding. For him, it’s like therapy, one that has taught him that the more work you put in, the bigger the reward, equally enjoying the fun of doing it and the struggle to learn new things, “I used to be very fearful when I was a kid, and riding has helped me to overcome fear in ways I never imagined. Overcoming fear became a daily task–to jump off one more stair or do a bigger gap. Pushing myself to be better became an addiction, and riding has established fundamental values and helped me in so many aspects of my life.”

The fact of living so close to Barcelona and growing up surrounded by BMX riders has paved his riding style, ultimately being a mix of all the disciplines he’s tried, “I like to go fast like in Downhill, enjoy the air time like in Dirt Jumping, and love the tech stuff and grinds from Park and Street riding. I love the feeling of doing lesser common stuff than most and not just being “another rider” throwing barspins and whips everywhere. I like being different.”

One of his biggest inspirations is his best friend and pro-BMX rider, Miki Fleck, “This guy has overcome so many things and never stopped chasing his dream. He is a hard worker in all senses, and I feel blessed to have grown with him, shared travels, and lived many good moments together. Miki has taught me that if you want something, there is only one way: to fight for it until you make it. Nothing but love and admiration for him.”

When he tells you about the other riders he looks up to, you can tell his style is influenced by them, too, “I love the energy, commitment, and discipline that Matt Macduff puts in everything he does. I’ve learned a lot from him when we’ve been together. Then there’s Aaron Chase, one of the OG street riders. He was the first rider I saw grinding on an MTB and killing it on ramps and event courses. I love his abubacas and nosepresses on trees and walls. Lastly, I love how Dennis Enarson can go from doing tech stuff to the scariest bangers. A true all-terrain rider. Also, another thing I love about Dennis is that he pushes himself to do better every time. Over the years, on his video parts, he has gone to the same spots and done harder things or crazier stuff every time. I love that mindset.”

Guille’s last video, ‘Deja Huella‘, took almost four years to complete due to many ups and downs, some bad injuries, a couple of surgeries, and also a mental breakdown, “I even quit riding for almost a year and a half because of a toxic relationship, so I kept the edit on my laptop for three years. My friends were telling me to release it as it was, but I was hesitant to do it without all the clips I had in mind.”

Eventually, after a rollercoaster of events, he managed to get all the stuff he wanted for the video and finally released it online, “Although the quality is mediocre as fuck because I didn’t have a good camera and it was mainly filmed on my phone and an old GoPro, I’m super stoked on how it came out and I’m happy with my riding. We did so many missions, and I’m thankful to everyone who helped with the filming.”

After that video was released, Guille started thinking about new ideas for another project. When he was about to begin filming, he broke his frame, and unfortunately, he couldn’t find support to make the project happen. He couldn’t afford a new bike at the time, so he gave up trying to do anything within the MTB scene, “That’s when Miki came to me and helped me build a BMX with all his signature parts.”

Since then, Guille has spent the last couple of years on a BMX, but a few months ago, a new opportunity to be back on the streets riding on an MTB was presented to him, “I was out riding BMX when Héctor told me that he’d shown my video and talked to the guys over at Haro and that they were happy to give me one of their new bikes.” Guille quickly made some mods with their friends Bartometal and Gerard Leiva to make it fit his street style, and it was ready to rock, “I couldn’t be happier with the bike and to have support from such a legendary brand. It feels like a dream; I’m more stoked than ever now.”

This content was created with support from Haro Bikes.