Jakub Vencl Riding the Trails of Finale Ligure

Aug 3, 2013
by Simon Nieborak  
 
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If you don't know Jakub Vencl of Rose Bikes yet, he is one of the most talented mountain bike riders to come from the Czech Republic.
This trip to the famous town of Finale Ligure in Italy took place in early February of this year, but first let's head even further back back in time. As Jakub says "The 2012 season went pretty good for me, well, at least the first half of it. I'd had some strong results - a the 4th place at Whitestyle, and a 6th place at 26Trix, both taking place in Leogang, Austria. It was summer when I decided to go to a couple of events in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, I badly injured my knee in Colorado when attempting a backflip barspin to tuck-no-hander on the last jump. Than I knew that my season had pretty much ended on that day. From the very first moment, I knew that I'd tore my ACL, because I already had this kind of injury about two years ago. When I came back home, the doctor confirmed my sad diagnosis and it was sure that I was going under the knife as soon as possible. Luckily everything went really quickly and after surgery, which was at the beginning of September, I was ready for tough autumn and winter, full of rehab and hard work outs. But it was worth it, I simply wanted to make sure that I'll be able to ride my bike again at the very beginning of the next year..."


Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Finale Ligure was not unfamiliar to Jakub thanks to his previous journeys to that part of Italy. He couldn't think of any better place, not only to escape the wintry blues, but give a shot at his first, proper bike ride since the unfortunate accident.

It has been an amazing feeling to 'teleport' from freezing temperatures and snow covered Czech to a tiny paradise, right next to the Mediterranean sea. From gloomy and grey days of winter to the blue sky, yellow beaches and green palms... What else can you ask for?

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Yes, you're right... Fast and long trails to ride! And that's something you can find everywhere in Liguria.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  We weren't wasting our time there! On the very first afternoon, just a couple of hours after my arrival, we headed straight up to a scenic trail on top of one of the hills surrounding the Finale Ligure town.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Making a personal note here, after years of shooting in the ''closed' environment of woods, photographing bike riding in such a wide open place with the endless sea in the background was truly an epic experience for myself.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Despite being heavily injured a little over six months earlier, Jakub showed no sign of fatigue or lack of confidence with his bike control skills and was shredding hard all the time during our stay in Italy.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Jiri Zvolsky, Jakub's friend was there to accompany and share the riding.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  On the next day, we drove to a different place to see what else the Italian hills had prepared for us.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  It turned out to be a great trail hidden deep in a thick woods with many sharp edged boulders in the ground...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  ...and Jakub was the one to learn the hard way how sharp these rocks are, shortly after first drop in.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Obviously, things like that won't stop Vencl from riding and after a quick change of an inner tube, he smashed the trails all the way down to the bottom.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Exhausted, but very happy with a long day full of riding, we came back to the town where lazy life was slowly going to fall asleep...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  These kind of morning views are something I wouldn't mind waking up to every day...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  It was 9 a.m. and we already started descending and the breathtaking scenery helped us taking joy of riding to the next level.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Maybe some of Finale Ligure's trails don't have the most technical lines and obstacles, but we managed to find a few fast and loose corners.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Jakub and Jiry enjoying an afternoon ride under the warm, Italian sun.


After all, we're only humans and we need to eat from time to time...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  We found this cozy, Italian restaurant and decided to taste the local cuisine. Yes, spaghetti bolognese was a must!

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  After a delicious dinner, the sun was still high up on the sky which gave us a chance to visit one of the best places Finale Ligure has to offer.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Quick roll down and we're to...

...Gee Atherton's track which has been used to film his segment in New World Disorder 10!
This track is a blast. Steep, full of razor sharp rocks, narrow and most of all, very fast. Watch the edit carefully and I'm sure you will recognize some sections from the edit in our photographs.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  It all starts with a view...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

At this point, when walking down with a heavy backpack and a bike with a puncture in its front tire, I quickly understood why they filmed almost the entire part of this particular track from a helicopter...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Luckly, Jakub's riding pumped up my mood to the max and that afternoon turned out to be the pinnacle of our time spent in the Italian Riviera.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  An old chapel at the bottom of the Gee's track.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Where the trail ends is not where riding finishes for Jakub... He noticed that wallride and without thinking too much, he was on it!

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  Last day of our stay in Finale was filled with riding yet another of many Ligurian trails.

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
  It was time to slowly say goodbye to our little heaven on earth...

Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com
Jakub Vencl at Finale Ligure delayedpleasure.com

It's amazing how many good things can happen from just a small Facebook status update: "Is there any bike photographer interested to go to Finale Ligure and shoot there with me for a few days? - Jakub"

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  Sign thief caught on the streets of Milano...


Photos and Words by Simon Nieborak aka Lunatyk
Website: delayedpleasure.com
Instagram: instagram.com/delayedpleasure

12 Comments

  • + 12
 Finale by numbers: 365 riding days , over 150 km of different trails from Xc to Enduro style,3 bike shops,1386 meters of vertical from Mt. Settepani to the sea level,5 kilometers of sandy beaches and coves,6 Shuttle companies, from 15° to 25° average biking temperature, ah of course 25 different sauces for your pasta... Ciao see you here !
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  • + 5
 Awesome trip report, could definitely use more of these user generated stories.
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  • + 1
 Jakub is such a cool dude and has some insane moves, met him in Colorado, got close to him and Szymon Godziek to get their autographs and he thought I only wanted Szymon's! Saw him go down in CFF doing the backflip barspin to tuck no hander! (It takes me more to write down the trick than for him to dial it) Such a rad trick, he almost had it, PROPS to Jakub! Sick!
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  • + 3
 ...We live ... ride ... and lead here !!! Come on and join us ... www.bikeandsunasd.it
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  • + 1
 Short autumn edit of Jakub Vencl and Teo Kovac (location: Tocna: Prague, Czech Republic):

www.pinkbike.com/video/338977
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  • + 1
 ...anyone else read Ligure as Laugerie when they first read it?

(all hail the DNA... national dyslexic... oh you already got it....)
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  • + 3
 Great Photos !!!!
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  • + 1
 There's just not enough green in mountain bike apparel these days. I'm envious of that kit.
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  • + 2
 I like the look of that big rod. No homo...
  • + 1
 I thought it was just me hahaha those Italian gents are packing really big rods
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  • - 1
 Italy is the blessed land. )
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  • - 2
 Pepiky power! Thanks for sharing Big Grin
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