I just finished a fantastic week in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with the current UCI #1 ranked Trials rider in the world, Kenny Belaey from Belgium.
We were actually filming a 30 Min. TV show for Kenny’s TV series on the Extreme Sports Channel. Kenny had asked me to take him on some epic mountain bike rides - adventure style; while he planned on taking me trials riding and blowing my mind with some incredible moves. Well, let me just say, ‘he succeeded’.
While sitting in a luxury game lodge enjoying a big breakfast, watching a warthog drinking from the nearby waterhole, I’m reflecting on the last two weeks in Africa, which were extremely exciting, productive and adventurous but not exactly as luxurious as the lodge I spent the last night in.
Last spring I decided to combine one of my ‘Hans Rey Adventure Team’ trips with a project for my charity ‘Wheels 4 Life’. Last spring I decided to combine one of my ‘Hans Rey Adventure Team’ trips with a project for my charity ‘Wheels 4 Life’.Finally I had found, what seemed to be, the perfect place to start our “Wheels 4 Villages – Film Project” – to document on film over two years the impact bicycles will have on communities and the lives of individuals of the Ugweno Valley in Tanzania; right in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro (5896m/19,344ft.).
Hans' & Peaty's Irish Pub Crawl Dublin, Ireland
"That's it, I had enough, I can't stand anymore pubs for at least a month or lets say a week", after spending the last 6 days in an RV camper together with the current Downhill World Cup Champion Steve Peat and Irish photographer Victor Lucas.
Kenny Belaey (23) from Belgium is the current UCI Trials World Champion 26”, and I understand why. After spending a week and a half with him I have to say he is the best trials rider I’ve ever seen – maybe that’s why they call him the ‘Magician’?
Kenny came to California in April ’06 to train for his upcoming trials season, to visit the Sea Otter event and maybe to learn a trick or two from the old dog, but not necessarily on the bike.
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