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Video: Riding Alpine Trails & Paragliding in 'Against Gravity'

Nov 19, 2022
by René Wildhaber  
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Words: René Wildhaber

Against Gravity - an interplay between the professional paraglider Patrick von Känel and the professional mountain biker René Wildhaber. The paraglider pilot used thermal winds to fly easily to the hut with his bike attached. The mountain biker used his own muscle power to make the way up to the Blüemlisalphütte 2800 m above sea level. Together they enjoyed the incredible descent by bike in the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Swiss alps. The riding pleasure was abruptly stopped by a bike riding ban. But this was no obstacle for them. Patrick unfolded the paraglider, and they flew together, including the bikes, over the bike ban into the sunset.

My background:
When I was 16 I started paragliding, climbing and biking. At the age of 21, I decided to give my main attention to biking. For more than 20 years I was regularly at the starting line of mountain bike races. I still hold the record of Megavalanche wins and got a couple of podiums in the Enduro World Series. I loved to travel the world for bike adventures and now with a family I try to find new paths back home in Switzerland. Patrick von Känel brought me back to the paraglider. The experience of soaring through the air with the latest generation of wings was wonderful and calls for more.

Patrick von Känel
Patrick von Känel is a professional paraglider pilot and works as a test pilot for the Swiss paragliding company Advance. He finished second at the Red Bull X-Alps in 2022 and gained notoriety as an athlete and adventurer beyond the scene. Patrick says: "It fulfils me to be able to live out my passion for sport in nature and to experience new magic moments again and again.

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 As one of the first paragliding pilots in Bavaria in the early '80s, who later got into mountain biking and who started a trail planning and construction company, I always had this vision of launching on my bike. Very cool to see this being done. I'm going to give it a shot next season. Thanks for the inspiration after 40 years of flying!
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 Im 27, doing mtb since i'm 14yo. 3 years ago, i started flying paragliding. If I had to choose today between flying and riding, i'd take flying witout a doubt! Less dangerous, less expensive, and everytime you access sceneries that are unbelievably beautiful, like a bird. The sensation of freedom is the best feeling ever. Starting paragliding will be the best decision of your life ! see you in the sky !
  • 8 0
 Certainly an environmentally friendly way to "shuttle" a trail
  • 6 0
 Paragliding + MTB. Thinking of you, Alicia. Hope you’re making good progress.
  • 5 0
 Wow, Rene, that was pretty awesome - nice work! Was great to ride with you in Peru, good to see you still crushing it
  • 6 0
 Don't give Sam Pilgrim any ideas!
  • 1 0
 I think the cross over potential, is a very interesting area?
Only downside is having to carry extra equipment!
  • 1 0
 And I thought I was doing “pretty good” loading the bikes onto the rack. YEOW.
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 I thoroughly enjoyed this. Paragliding is something I want to do someday soon.
  • 2 0
 do it man !!! you ll thank me !!!
  • 1 0
 100% i would spanner myself landing with the bike - Mr Pedal let me introduce you to Mr Shin!!
  • 1 0
 The trail featured was awesome, too!
  • 1 0
 what an ad for the Advance Pi3 glider - beautiful wing !

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