Peaty and I have been planning a trip to the Scottish Isle of Skye for a long time, when things finally started falling into place we invited YouTube sensation Danny MacAskill to join us. In whirlwind fashion the Scottish native has been living the dream of every kid in the world, since his film clip debut on the internet a little more than a year ago and has become the most watched sports-clip on YouTube of all time, with nearly 18 million viewers to date. I returned from my first trip to Livigno this season. It was good to be back in this beautiful italian alpine village. The snow was finally melted (almost), the alpine flowers were in bloom and there was some fun new lines and trails, especially in the Swatch Mottolino Bike Park.The first two days I was part of an "Educational" seminar, with several tour operators, bike shop owners and media representatives to explore Livigno and the fantastic riding and biking infrastructure.The first day we did a fun tour up the legendary transalp pass, "Alpisella", on the very top was still a small snowfield. We had lunch at Alp Trela, a typical remote alpine farm, that serves fresh goods for hikers and bikers on their way through to Tre Palle, an All Star singletrail that loops back to Livigno. 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.).
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