After we published part I, we realised that we should continue the diary. Last year "Bengel" rode some gnarly spots in the "Sauerland" area and told us how many f*cks he gives about certain things. This year we tried to find out what inspired him to become the rider he is today. Patrick lives in a very crowded area called the "Ruhrpott“ in Germany. Even between big cities and industrial areas he finds spots to build stunts and ride steep terrain. But from time to time he needs to escape from this busy place...
It's time to travel around British Columbia to explore and ride where freeriding was born. So various - from rain forests to the desert B.C. offers not only sick trails. You can also find the stunts that "Bengel" watched in the old freeride movies in his youth. The time when athletes were more like stuntmen is still the biggest inspiration for him.
|In recent years I've been travelling and riding bikes through many places in BC. I always wanted to take a break from everyday life and have as much fun as possible on my bike. Riding trails and natural terrain to me is what it's all about. But when the El Flamingo guys came up with the idea of shooting a video in the Wild West it felt like the right time to hit some of the gnarlier spots I've found over the years.This trip was all about pushing my riding and I also had the chance to put together a quality piece as a personal keepsake. - Patrick 'Bengel' Rasche|
Cheap and rusty truck heading north.
|For us filmmakers (Johannes and Philipp) this project was a lifetime goal too. We've both been to Canada before, but when we got back there the landscapes and nature seemed to be even more mindblowing. Bengel picked us up at Vancouver airport and it was time to hit the road. We always wanted to be part of one of 'Bengel's' highly recommended B.C. roadtrips. Now for Outlaw Diaries II, we had a good reason to make it happen. Our plan was to capture the spirit of the trip and get some gnarly bike action done. For sure we were anxious to get to the spots from the old movies Bengel often talks about. We grew up with the same movies, which kind of inspired us in what we are doing today. - El Flamingo Films|
This project is an homage to the glory days of freeriding and another portrait about 'Bengel' and his very own approach towards life, on and off the bike. And yes, the last hit is Robbies Roadgap from NWD 7. Exactly 10 years after we saw it in the movie…
Howling to the bottom at Farwell Canyon.
Hips don´t lie.
Living in the car... (by Constantin Fiene)
Brushing teeth with a view.
(by Constantin Fiene)
Building stunts in the city. This spot does not look like the next house is just 100m away.
Camping in October means big campfires in the evening.
Back at the airport after two weeks on the road. B4000, Philipp, Bengel, Johannes (f.l.). Thanks to all the great people that made this adventure possible.
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