Riding in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by LaRocque

Mar 22, 2011 at 5:24
by Rob Dunnet  

No riding scene where you live? Aaron LaRocque documents the making of a dirt jump scene by the brothers Dunnet in Taiwan.

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Chances are that something on your bike started in Taiwan. I can almost guarantee that there is a "made in Taiwan" sticker somewhere on your bike. Compared to Canada, Taiwan is an over populate industrial country that does not place much importance on nature. Beauty and nature can be found here, but it takes a lot more to find it. There are mountains, but there is not much of a mountain biking scene. There is little to no mountain bike community and there is no one trying to organize one. My brother James and I have been trying to spark the mountain bike scene in Taiwan for the past three or four years. Until recently we have not seen much hope, but since late in 2010 several Taiwanese riders have started to ride with us and build their own zones.

James and I spend most of our free time riding and digging in the south of Taiwan. We are the only ones that dig at our trails and it has all been done by hand. As we have progressed as riders our trail has evolved. When we get bored of dirt jumping we start digging berms and gap jumps. When we get bored of berms and gaps we go back to dirt jumping. The riding we do in Taiwan prepares us for the summers we spend riding in Canada.

Breaking my back in the summer of 2010 has not slowed things down. James continues to build and progress, pushing his limits while I push the limits of my sore body.
Since 2003 my only riding partner has been James. We push each other to progress while in Taiwan so that we will be able to ride any trail we find in Canada. Riding with my best friend who is also my brother has been my most rewarding experience on my bike. With a job in the biking industry I meet and talk to riders all day, everyday … but at the end of the day I would rather be riding with James than anyone else.

James tipping the table in early 2011.
James tipping the table in early 2011.
James' first day on the Banshee Legend, working on his big bike whip.
James' first day on the Banshee Legend, working on his big bike whip.
I broke my back in July 2010, this is how it feels to be back on my bike.
I broke my back in July 2010, this is how it feels to be back on my bike.
James has his left hand hip tables dialed to flat.
James has his left hand hip tables dialed to flat.
After having a head on collision with a stump in July 2010, doctors cut a bone<br /> out of my hip and used it to repair my back. The helmet I was wearing saved my life.
After having a head on collision with a stump in July 2010, doctors cut a bone
out of my hip and used it to repair my back. The helmet I was wearing saved my life.
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45 Comments

  • + 8
 Amazing video, LaRocque! Its clear to see that Rob and James have put in an incredible amount of work, as well as heart and soul.
  • + 3
 The video had an amazing insight into their lives! Aaron makes some of the best videos I have seen. Thanks for this look into another world of biking!
  • + 1
 mass props ur an inspiration to all
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 Man Rob and Aaron, this was a rad way to start my day. I've only known Rob for a few years now and it's been 95% through the virtual world. THis was an amazing way to take a look into a friends world that I may never see in person. Keep on doing and enjoying what you all do!
  • + 1
 thanks Tyler.
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 This is sick, just immigrate to Taiwan and live the life. I loved Kaohsiung when i was on shore leave last year, didn't realize there was a biking scene. Next time I am their maybe could try and get some riding done Salute
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  • + 1
 dubstep, or click-hop... it's kind of LaRocque's style. I have worked in Taiwan on and off over the last 6 years, and it's surprising how few people ride mountain bikes considering how much of the industry is based there... but cost does have a lot to do with it. The people who can easily afford bikes usually live in the large cities and getting out into the wilderness really isn't as easy as you think... but once you do you can find some pretty intense trails on some very challenging terrain. Not sure there is really any status-quo as far as bikes on trails, so basically anything is fair game. I would love to get back up into Alishan and spend some time searching out the higher alpine trails... anyone know of trails up there?
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  • + 1
 This looks awesome guys!

Rob I met you at the Urban race DH riding the Giant Reign. I would love to come down there some time too and hit up your jumps. You guys should come up to Taipei as well and we can go ride Speed Trap in Beitou. We'll rent a blue truck for the day and shuttle it. We had Bike Mag up there last weekend and took them to Wu Zhe Shan (ski lift) as well. Speed Trap is super dialed now and tons of fun. It's the only place I feel like I am progressing as well so hope to hit your jumps some time.

Ride on!
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  • + 1
 Guys, your making me tear up with this video because i have been doing the same thing in central China for the last 3 plus years and i recently had to come back home to Canada because of a family illness. Keep it up guys and if anyone hasn't been to Asia you should go because there is nowhere on earth like it.
  • + 1
 i really wonder about your trail work in central china.every once i see videos online,i just feel very sad about china there are so many hills a waiting to be trails but no cultures here.
  • + 1
 i studied in 南充 for a little more than 3 years and like most places in china there is a lot of XC riders. i was able to meet 1 guy crazy about pump tracks and jumps, 6 who ride trials and another 10 or so who ride street or bmx. i ride street and trials so it was a lot of fun for me because i could ride with almost anyone and enjoy myself but sadly i had to leave my girlfriend, my riding buddies and my university to come home to canada and help out my family. i will make it back one day though, maybe not for a long time but i will make it back...
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  • + 1
 Awesome riding, guys.

We have plenty of trails up in Taipei if you ever want to take the trip up ..http://heresjonny.com/blog/2007/04/01/stone-deer-trail/

I think painting Taiwan as an "overpopulated and industrial" is a bit unfair - soaring mountain peaks, wilderness, and dense forest cover 90% of the island. It's no wonder the rest is overpopulated :-)
  • + 2
 Compared to Canada ... Taiwan is both overpopulate and industrial .... i love taiwan, i have been here for a long time and there is so much beauty here, but the average person who visits taiwan will never find that beauty ...
  • + 1
 like almost everywhere you need to get out of huge city to really discover a country and its people
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 Don't think that translation was right, he said my name is James and I like big asses! Very cool stuff, I've been over here in China doing a similar thing with AM FR trails. With I could jump like you guys though!
  • + 1
 ha, he did that on purpose ... we wondered how long it would take for someone to post a comment about it ... ha ha ha
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  • + 1
 This video is amazing... every aspect of it is so inspiring for anyone who truly loves biking. And those Banshee's are just awesome! Lovin that colour combo.
  • + 1
 one of the perks of working out of the factory, custom colored bikes ...
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  • + 1
 This is awesome to watch, i can only imagine the motivation needed to continue working on that spot even if there is no true scene there. Good stuff!!!
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  • + 3
 thanks a lot
  • + 2
 Keep up the good work guys. Friends who went to TW on bike business always told me there is no bike scene there. Its good that you want to change that.
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  • + 2
 Those are some dope looking Banshees
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  • + 2
 Cool story, nice trails, happy days in TW!!
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  • + 2
 great article! and that last image, ouch.
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  • + 1
 Rob, i will be hitting your place real soon, will set my bike up for your place and WONT got a flat this time... probably.
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  • + 1
 Great video! Good brother story.
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  • + 1
 larouque is the man, love those warm glow shots of the port
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  • + 1
 That is probably the best story and the best video I have seen in ages.
  • + 1
 thanks a lot ... Aaron really puts a lot into all his videos.
  • + 1
 He really does, all of his Banshee videos are fantastic! Every time I watch his video for the Legend it makes me want to take mine out. By the way, the color combo on that Rampant is the best I have seen next to the full on chrome hotness.
  • + 1
 thanks, it was a birthday present to my brother, wanted it to be a more of a blue color, but something was lost in translation ...
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  • + 2
 LaRocque for the win VOD
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  • + 1
 Awesome, just awesome.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what this song's called?
  • + 2
 Its called Dex by edIT of the Album Crying Over Pros For no Reason
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  • - 2
 did anyone else get as annoyed by the music as i did? The vid was cool but those clicking noises ruined it for me
  • + 1
 It's called Dubstep. Learn it, like it!
  • + 1
 i like a lot of dubstep ive heard, this just didnt jive with me tho
  • + 2
 Its definitely not dubstep. Its Glitch.
See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edit_%28musician%29 and techno.org/electronic-music-guide if you want to broaden your knowledge.
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