Wild Winter Jungle Shredding & Good Times in Thailand - Video

Mar 21, 2018
by Jan Feyser  
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This is what winter has looked like for Jan Feyser, Robert Schulz and Max Kruse from team Ronny-Racing this year. Traveling Asia for 6 months, building trails, shredding bikes in the jungle and nothing but good times!!!!

If you think about a trip to Thailand, you probably think of pretty beaches, cheap food, and crazy parties. Well, you will find all this, but let me tell you there is a whole lot more!

Before our first trip to Thailand, when Loose Riders boss Tim told us about a new Bike Park in the mountains of Chiang Mai and invited us for a trip to check out the place, we had never even heard about mountain biking in Thailand.

When we first got to Thailand in early 2017, we were completely blown away by the Thai mountain bike scene, the trails they have, the unlimited potential this place has to offer, and of course by the beauty of the whole country itself. Riding trails in the wildest and deepest rainforests was an all new and completely unreal experience and we couldn't get enough of it.

At this time, the Bike Park Chiang Mai was still in construction and we quickly realised they are a great crew with great visions and the resources to make a project like this happen, but also that there was quite a big lack of experience with building trails, jumps and everything else a good Bike Park needs.

And so, in October we came back with the mission to build some sick jungle tracks, shaping the Jump Park and building a new Pumptrack for Bike Park Chiang Mai. First part of the job were the basics, finding the right areas which are accessible for uplifts and then fighting through the deep jungle to mark the trails.

Because of the fact that we were not allowed to use any heavy machinery in the woods, we were forced to get creative.

Of course, we wanted some proper tracks with jumps, berms rock gardens etc... but moving tons of rocks and dirt for a single take off and landing?! We would still be out there without even a single trail finished. So we tried to connect as many natural features like big rocks, gullies and rock gardens to one sick track to save us time and work on just moving dirt and the result was just sick.

With the crazy, sticky clay, and communicating with excavator operators that did not speak English, shaping Thailands first propper Jump Park was quite a challenging experience for all of us.

Thailand is opening up more and more for the mountain bike scene and it's more than worth it to bring your bike on your next trip!!!

Massive THANK YOU goes out to the crew at Bike Park Chiang Mai, Loose Riders Global Alliance and all our other Sponsors for making all this possible... you are the best!!!!

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  • 20 3
 This video put a nice, wide smile on my face.
  • 8 0
 We did shuttles in Chiang Mai a couple years ago with the Madmonkey crew. Such awesome trails and great people. Giant bottles of Leo beer for $2 after a day of riding doesn't hurt either!
  • 1 0
 Mad Monkey are the best! Gonna retire in Chiang mai. Retire young. Good riding, good food, good coffee, chill vibes, clean. I could go on
  • 1 0
 do you the contact info for Madmonkey?
  • 1 0
 @lamosca72: They're on FB as Madmonkey cnx
  • 4 0
 there is DH and trail riding 2hr drive from Bangkok but not much available to rent so you'd need your own bike..
Chiang Mai plenty of DH that's well covered on TF etc ......for trail riding the people to talk too are Mojo adventures
  • 1 0
 Can vouch for Mojo. Our trail guide was superb
  • 3 0
 I worked last year in Bangkok for 3 months... on a few occasions i saw pickups with sweet bikes over the dakine tailgate pad on weekends so you could tell there was a scene...somewhere. maybe work will send me back next year!
  • 1 0
 what part of BKK? theres some mild xc around there but DH and bigger mtns are north of thailand ie. Chiang Mai
  • 1 0
 @makripper: i was literally right in BKK... Ekkamai to be exact. There was a gas station on Soi 63 i think where i saw the same truck with a few enduro 160mm travel bikes taking off on a Saturday. There's a few national parks within an hour or two...assume they knew of gravity trails.
  • 1 0
 @iain: thats pretty wild. i saw lots of little bike shops in an around sukhumvit but nothing to do with dh. that was my favorite part of the city where I ended up spending the most time.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: Plenty of gravity spots all over THL not just in the north. But of course, the north is truely sick for it.
  • 1 0
 Just back from a 1000 km coastal ride in Thailand. Things are very quiet there. Saw one group of two local riders, but that was all. Many bike shops closed or shuttered. Many tourist venues closed. Averaged 750 bht for hotel/motel stays. No flop house, just clean beds for a night. Flight, Train and bus skeds greatly reduced. Checki n advance for your travel plans.

Trails up north were okay, but very lonely without the influx of travelers that normally are riding there.
  • 3 0
 Actually, that mud slide party was at Cikole Bike Park, West Java, Indonesia
  • 2 0
 I was in Chiang Mai this past summer, endless miles of trail, just avoid the rainy season Smile
  • 1 0
 Chiang Mai Is one of my favorite cities close to a huge network of trail riding. World class road biking...not to mention, Chang!
  • 2 0
 Thailand looks like an incredible place. We need to put a tiny home next to some of these trails.
  • 4 2
 Best thing I've seen all week! That's how you make a video.
  • 2 0
 Hold my helmet beautiful and watch this..
  • 1 0
 is it open now and is there bike hire because im going to thailand in a month
  • 1 0
 i was in chiang mai in 2013 and they had a decent dh bike scene with lots of rentals and shuttles. no worries
  • 2 0
 Khao Soi on every corner in Chiang Mai too, nothing better.
  • 1 0
 What was in that dudes ass? When he mooned the camera near the end of the video, it looked like he was laying an egg!
  • 1 0
 looked like it was just the only spot mud hadn't reached, dont worry it tripped me out for a second too haha
  • 1 1
 That F#@&ing Awesome. Looks like to much fun, gotta book a plane ticket!!!!!!!
  • 3 2
 Best video I've seen in a very long time. These are real mountain bikers!
  • 1 0
 Well, at least the trails and the jump lines look fun.
  • 1 0
 X-Biking Chiang Mai... Top drawer. DH King top guide . Fucking love it .
  • 1 0
 Anyone have updates on this zone ?
  • 2 1
 This is the best!
  • 3 3
 Thinking about retiring there?? Cheap, good food, hot women
  • 1 0
 Nicest roll in huts ever
  • 1 1
 music ?

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