For most of us North Americans, Spain doesn’t seem like all that wild of place. I mean, the food’s good, the people know how to party (and chill), and you’re never far from the beach. However, head a north into the mountains of Cataluña, and you’ll quickly find that you’re off the beaten path. Riding bikes (and filming them) was quite the undertaking, especially keeping up the likes of Brage Vestavik, Kurt Sorge, and Catalonian local Andreu Lacondeguy. Luckily, Andreu was the perfect guide and showed us some genuine hospitality by sharing his trails, jumps, and culture. Learn more about what it took to shoot the Cataluña segment for Esperanto.
In case you’re wondering why you haven’t seen all too much of Johnny Collinson skiing these last few years, it’s due to a series of serious knee injuries he sustained back-to-back that forced him to take some time away from snow. Throughout his recovery, he leaned on cross-training, cycling, and working on his mental game. Always known for his positive outlook, Collinson isn’t one to shy away from the mental blow injury can have. When asked about his most recent injury, Johnny said, “Staying
There's always talk of pro riders making things look like they're in a video game. As in, too crazy for real life. Austrian freeride mountain biker Fabio Wibmer has always been massively creative with his riding - and his latest project is no different, and it takes that "video game look" to a whole new level. One of his favorite video games is the entire Grand Theft Auto series, so of course he took some inspiration. Recognize some of the spots?
Just like skiing and snowboarding, freeride mountain biking is only possible with the right conditions. To carve those perfect turns down a mountain side, riders look for a certain combination of soil composition and terrain that allows for magic to be made. It just so happens that the combination usually occurs in stunningly beautiful locations – like Virgin, Utah, or the Peruvian Andes. Freeride sensei Andreu Lacondeguy has been spending a lot of time in South America these last few years