Mountain Bike champions Hans Rey and Martin Maes explore Hong Kong in a 5 day urban adventure during turbulent times. Not only to showcase this amazing city with its 7000 high rise buildings, but also its beautiful nature and purpose built bike trails surrounding the city and islands. It’s a wonderful journey of contrasts; nature and harmony versus urban jungle and chaos, culture and history.
New Podcast, Hans chats with Payson McElveen about all kinds of subjects, weird adventures, alien dwarf tribes, Timmy C from Rage Against the Machine, Kobe, Spirits, Head Hunters, Social Doping, Danny MacAskill, Peaty, Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, ranting and raving…..
A 5-day urban adventure in Italy - from the Amalfi Coast via Pompeii, Vesuvio Volcano, Napoli and Ischia Island on MTB and eMTB
By Hans Rey
Photos: Martin Bissig
About 2000 years ago there was a gigantic explosion releasing 100,000 times the thermal energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Mount Vesuvius volcano erupted and spew its lava and ashes over 20 miles into the air; several Roman settlements were obliterated and buried underneath massive pyroclastic surges and ashfall deposits, the best known being Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Napoli, as the Italians call the city of Naples, was my most recent destination for yet another ‘urban adventure’. The idea was to traverse this historical city and surrounding area on bikes in 5 days. From the breathtaking Amalfi coast, via Pompeii to the crater of the Vesuvio, into the urban jungle, history, culture, traffic and chaos of the 3000-years old streets of Napoli to the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples.
There is no better way explore and experience such a place then by bicycle. I was joined by different friends for different stages of this tour and it was really cool to meet many of the local riders who showed me their best spots, trails and restaurants in their hometown.
Finding the ideal route, best trails and most interesting sights, is a lot harder than one would imagine. I’ve been spending months researching online with the help of google earth as well as some local contacts.
At the end of November my garage and camper van in the East Midlands, England were broken into three (!) nights in a row. The thieves stole 9 bicycles and two trials motorcycles, as well as tools, power tools, bike parts and gear.
Below is a video that shows the bikes that were stolen. Most of these bikes are very rare and aren’t available for sale the same way mine were built. My bikes had mostly different parts than similar bikes that are sold by GT.
All bike were made by GT Bicycles. Most of them have components by the following brands: Fox suspension, Stans or Crankbrothers wheels, Shimano parts, SQ Lab saddles and grips, Handlebar and stems were either SQ lab or crankbrothers.
The GT eVerb ebike has the Shimano Steps 8000 motor and was stolen without the battery.
They also stole my almost new TRS 250cc Trials motorcycle TRS TR1 A 250 (date it was built: 07/11/2017) Identification Number: UBKTR1250JA000081 and a Sherco 290cc (old model from around 2001)
Any leads are much appreciated, please contact me via my website or contact the Leicestershire Police Department, Crime Reference Number: 18000580431. In the UK you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111
All bikes are made by GT Bicycles:
Sensor LTS (new model size L, without front wheel) Mustard gold.
Sensor AOS (olive green)
eVerb electric bike w Shimano Steps motor, without battery. (neon yellow)
Grade carbon gravel bike (carbon w yellow fork)
Zaskar 100 Hans Rey edition (white)
Zaskar 100 reg. carbon edition
Zaskar Trials bike (white)
Legacy urban commuter bike (silver)
iT1 Gearbox bike (very rare, with two drivetrains/chains)
TRS 250 Trials Moto
Sherco 290 Trials Moto
Many parts and gear, including products new and used from Adidas, Deuter, Crankbrothers, Shimano, SQ Lab, Vittoria tires, Crankbrothers wheel set black/gold, Crankbrothers Klik floor pump and hand pumps, Muc Off and Stans products, iXS helmets, pads, gloves, ….
PICTURES OF STOLEN BIKES
Thank you for keeping an eye out to get these bikes back and serve justice.
Team Shimano heads to Lake Arrowhead, California with STEPS ambassador Hans Rey to explore the e-MTB friendly bike park SkyPark at Santa’s Village. SkyPark is a family-style bike park, designed for all levels of riding, centered around creating a full experience for the entire family around outdoor thrill and good old fashion camaraderie.