From A to Bo Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle – No®wayI had never heard of the Lofoten Islands until I was approached by an old buddy of mine and former racer Manfred “Mani-Shoot” Stromberg from Germany who was the photographer on this trip with German Enduro racer and photo rider Tobias Woggon. We had never done a trip together before, but my curiosity was sparked when they showed me some photos of this stunning and rugged looking islands above the Arctic Circle in Norway. This place is not very well known amongst mountain bikers , apparently because it’s a backpackers paradise and the hiking trails and terrain are just too steep to ride off-road, especially in the Southern part of the islands, where we were bound for. Sounded interesting enough for me to take a closer look and give it a go. Tobias had been there the previous year, but without a bike – he told me the place was amazing but wasn't sure how rideable these trails would be.
Why Hans Rey Is The Greatest Of All Time…MaybeWho is the greatest mountain biker of all time? Tomac? Lopes? Peaty? Vouilloz? Overend? Chausson? While all of these candidates have the qualifications and qualities to take the position, I believe considering only these nominees demonstrates a narrow assumption of what constitutes “great”. My nomination for the greatest mountain biker ever is Hans Rey. More at BikeMag.com
Wheels 4 Life Gala 2013 Laguna Beach
Friday October 27th 2013 saw something new and special for Wheels 4 Life. We hosted 230 people at our very first Gala event and although it wasn’t strictly speaking “Black Tie” everyone dressed up to the nines adding superbly to the glamour of the night.
Our aim was to raise enough money to buy 500 bicycles for specific projects in Kenya and Malawi and by the end, this is exactly what we achieved raising $53.964.
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Hans and Dan Atherton in the French Alps 2013 ‘Summit Hunters’
Sunken City Session
Sometimes you don’t have to go too far from your front doorstep to find adventure. That might sound like a cheesy quote from “The Hobbit” movie, but I believe it’s true. In this case, the hero of our story is the man who was once called “The Indiana Jones of Mountain Biking”, trials pioneer and legend, Hans Rey. In this adventure, instead of searching for a holy grail or buried treasure, we were in search for unique and challenging terrain to take his bike.
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