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..."
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?
Yes, you're right... Fast and long trails to ride! And that's something you can find everywhere in Liguria.
After all, we're only humans and we need to eat from time to time...
...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.
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...
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"
Photos and Words by Simon Nieborak aka Lunatyk