Ubaye Valley (France) trip with Dan Atherton

IMG_2086This mini adventure will be in my memories forever, how I guided two Mountain Bike celebrities over two days to two peaks above 3000m/ 9000ft. In February 2012 I contacted Hans Rey, who I didn’t know at the time, to write a foreword to a new book I was publishing with VTOPO. He immediately accepted in a very professional manner. After several emails back and forth I also decided to publish the French edition of a book Hans had recently released about his 25 years of Mountain Bike Adventures, the French edition will be published in Oct. 2013. To kick off the book, I proposed to do a trip together in the French Alps. Hans, who has done many adventure trips all over the world, wanted to know all the details about the proposed trip and the route, he also invited Dan Atherton to come along to join us. I liked the idea, because these two riders are from radically different riding styles. Hans is a former Trials rider and Adventurer, Dan is built for speed. An interesting combination of skills at 3000m of altitude.

From A to Bo Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle – No®way

Image 2 I 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…Maybe

hansreybook Who 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

Wheels4Life-LogoFriday 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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Sunken City Session

image001Sometimes 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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