It took several days to hear back from them. They went deep into the countryside to ride new spots, lots of filming for our next episode of COMMENCAL Insiders
, the Nepalese life kept PEF
very busy!The Pumptrack: "A Real Success"
Built near a school, the Pumptrack’s grand opening saw a good thirty or so riders test it out. A great recognition for the Nepalese who have contributed to this project. PEF tells us more:
"There was a lot of people, a true success! Not everyone had a bike, but it was no problem as everyone was sharing. In fact, I did the same with my Absolut. The atmosphere was really relaxed and chill. And even 35/40 year-old guys were getting into it. They were impressed by this discipline that seemed aimed at kids. In the end, it motivated them to come back during the week and work on their technique as opposed to just riding the trails. This track is an excellent initiative to develop the sport here
and it's awesome "."Eager For Advice"
"The next day, with Tangui
(our local distributor) and one of his buddies, I was able to discover the track used for DH championships. It was not really steep and had quite a lot of pedalling, which made it an Enduro-typed track, but it was still very fun to ride. "
As always eager to ride and looking for advices, the ride quickly turned into a riding lesson
for the Nepalese riders: "We stopped on specific sections and we worked on jumps, burms
etc.. Here, they watch a lot videos, but lack experience, so I really enjoyed spending time with them and they are more motivated than ever to improve their skills
." And to push it a little further, PEF even gave them some … 4X4 driving tips! Endless Escapade
Always keeping in mind to ride the most beautiful spots, Tangui did not hesitate to take PEF far, far away in the mountains: "We had a long hike and it was close to climbing at some points. I think we'll see it in the COMMENCAL Insiders' video. I really thought that we would never make it to the top ... " he admits. But apparently it was well worth the shot: "The Descent was super nice, very brittle because it is quite sandy here, but we went through the fields and paddies. Definitively not common for us, so it was quite an experience
And finally, a few hours before taking off, PEF thinks back on the life in Kathmandu
: "They are really in transition here. Street work to make the streets wider is quite a mess, but it's temporary. So, when you drive , there is no real rules on the road, they honk a lot. You just need to get use to it".
During this trip, PEF and Sam have discovered a country that is evolving, cosmopolitan, and ultimately sharing the same passion for riding. Combine good spots and good bikes
, that’s what makes COMMENCAL Insiders
. Video coming very soon ...