Video: Slowdown

Jun 27, 2015
Views: 35,969    Faves: 213    Comments: 12

Fast food, fast cars, fast tracked, fast bikes…Everything and everybody nowadays has to be fast. I still wonder why in our society we always apologize for our lack of speed?

I don’t consider myself a lazy man but I like to take my time. When I am in a rush I usually make a lot of mistakes, in life and on my bike…To escape the pressures of modern life I like to take my bike to the mountains, alone or with friends, and enjoy time without keeping any record, without a watch, back to basic needs, and simple pleasures…

mountain bike nepal holidays trip donwhill

mountain bike nepal holidays trip donwhill

My playground for my adventures is the Himalaya, east Nepal: Solukhumbu to be more precise. An ancient land still untouched by mass tourism and definitely the best place that I’ve ridden. When you ride the trails you can’t help thinking that the people who built them thought that mountain bikers would come here one day, they are so much fun to ride.

The ultimate place on this trip is Pikey peak, 4050 meters high. Here you can enjoy the view of 8 summits over 8000m high: Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Lhotse…. they are all here and just for you.

Standing there in front of these giants, admiring the sunrise gives you a priceless feeling of immensity, a simple pleasure that cannot be measured by time.

To reach this summit takes 3 days, pedaling 3 days for a downhill!! I’ve already heard many riders used to lifts protesting about the practice of this kind of torture. Quantity and quality are two very different and separate things.

mountain bike nepal holidays trip donwhill

mountain bike nepal holidays trip donwhill

On this journey we pass through local villages where you can see that the use and value of time is very different than the one people experience in our modern societies.

The rhythm of the day is still dictated by the sun, by the season, and a watch is a very small insignificant object. Here time is flexible. These trips to the mountains really make me realize we need to slow down.

Photos: Ang Thsering
Text: Tangi / @COMMENCALbicycles

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  • 44 0
 This is genuinely amazing, Puts across a great message and contains some stunning cinematography in some beautiful locations!
  • 12 5
 And sells Enduro Tours in Nepal!
  • 14 0
 All mountain/enduro tours to Nepal sell themselves.
Lucky enough to go last year - my memories will long outlast the photos. Absolutely amazing.
This video really captures what Nepal can be like on a bike.
  • 2 0
 Absolutely agree @OzMike ! This has made want to ride there a lot.
  • 15 5
 "Enduro" is the antithesis of everything this article stands for. speed, racing, competitiveness, consumerism, modern convenience, a "look at me" mentality. say no. just go ride your bike "freeride" style. enduro tours - lol. comically tragic in the style of a "fast life" consumerist marketing driven scam. but yes, 90% of you would book your enduro tour on the whim of a Pinkbike advertorial
  • 4 2
 ^^ hear hear
  • 3 2
 amen gnar.
  • 9 1
 @gnarbar seems to be perched way up on his high horse.

We're all consumers. Some more obvious than others but we all have blood on our hands.
  • 3 0
 This is true. It's just good to be mindful of it the fact that it's not healthy to be fetishising anything, whether that's bikes, food or anything else.
  • 7 0
 I like that he is rockin the HT on this. The bigger wheels do take some of the sting out when riding thru the rough on a HT and offer a little more connectiveness on the terrain your riding on even though they may be not as playful as the smaller wheeled bikes. Newer geometry with longer fronts/short stems/wide bars with really short back ends does make them more playful to pop and jump over stuff and have some fun on. I never cared for big wheels until I got a HT earlier this year (Honzo). I had my own kind of high mt adventure on it yesterday! Great video!
  • 5 0
 Pouring rain and taking a break from writing a grad school paper. More than once this season I've put riding first, and this video helps say why. For those of us that find our solace spinning pedals and progressing to touch the next blissful glimpse of flow, this is what it's about.
  • 6 0
 Pretty sure this video just made me late night drunk order a slacked out hard tail.
  • 2 0
 Ha whoops! Can't imagine you'll regret it.
  • 5 3
 Slow down? That's why he was busting a gut pedaling? Smile
Beautiful video.
Someone bought a drone and wanted to try it out?
Great shots and angles.
Someone's plugging guided trips in Nepal.
Spectacualr scenery.

Congrats on a stunning creation.
Loved it.
  • 4 0
 That was amazing.these mtb videos are just getting better and better its almost a competition between all leading companies who makes better video.good on them...
  • 6 1
 It's awesome that you guys are looking out for them
  • 5 0
 Daytime dreaming , beautiful.
  • 6 1
 that's it, I quit my job!
  • 3 0
 Beautiful vid and a great reminder that I need to put in more hours at the job to get that promotion so I can afford this year's wonder bike and a trip to Nepal.
  • 3 0
 Blissful! I take it thats a Commencal he's riding??? Anyone know what model?
  • 5 0
 I think it's a meta ht titanium
  • 4 0
 one of their sick af meta HT's
  • 5 0
 Didn't even know they did a Ti hardtail. Its a beauty!
  • 4 0
 Awesome message, place, riding and film work.
  • 3 0
 Great experience, what a marvelous MTB adventure. Will be in my favourite list for some time.
  • 4 0
 I have a soft spot for all mountain hardtails...
  • 4 0
 Beautiful scenery and message. :-)
  • 3 0
 It's true. Speed is overrated. Style and fun above all.
  • 1 0
 On hol in Florida right now and after watching that , I've just had a look of my next trip !!!!! Awesome can't wait to get home and pull a bike out
  • 3 0
 One of the best videos on here for a while... Beautiful
  • 3 0
 I did this exact trip last year. Can't recommend it enough!
  • 2 0
 I'm not sure what just happened...but that, was awesome.
  • 3 0
 Just amazing!!
  • 1 0
 Fast is fun (:
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