David Cachon Rides the Great Wall of China - Video

Jul 11, 2017 at 1:48
by David Cachon  
The Great Wall of China is 1000 times longer than any monument ever created. It is the largest civil project ever to be attempted in history. Construction began before the birth of Christ and they were still working on it when Colombus discovered America. Thousands of people died over the years and years of building it. .


Beyond the tourist attraction, there is a very different wall, rarely visited and filmed. Almost unknown and located just above the horizon from where tourists stop to take their selfies. This is the real Great Wall of China.

David Cachon mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

Make Your Own Shortcut – The Great Wall

"I never imagined how the bicycle would mark the course of my life. How it would define my style and personality. Exploring new paths and creating new shortcuts is my main motivation. It has allowed me to visit and get to know places that I would never have visited in any other life. They are unique experiences that give meaning to my life and fill me with energy to continue to follow this path. The adventure will continue for much longer, this is just the beginning " - David Cachon

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

I’ve focused on riding my bike practically all my life. Ever since I was old enough to know why it was so amazing. I remember that feeling of rolling, sliding, movement and the pleasant sensation that it produces in my brain.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

Over the years I have adapted my whole universe and my whole life to the bike. I'm already close to 40 and I still have the same enthusiasm, passion, and interest for it as I did when I was just a child.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

I always thought that life shows us many paths all the time and that in the least expected moment is when an adventure begins, almost without knowing it, inadvertently ... then the spark is produced, the stars line up and suddenly ... I find myself on the way to the Great Chinese Wall with two good friends.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

Abel Blanco is a Madrid, Spain local who is based in China. Abel works at a school in Beijing and is a virtuous filmer. He was really the connecting link of this whole story.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

My other traveling companion was photographer, Fernando Marmolejo with whom I started the first projects for #MakeYourOwnShortcut. Together we embarked on this adventure that took us to one of the dreams of my childhood, to ride my mountain bike on the Great Wall.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

It is the largest civil engineering work in the world. It begins on the shores of the Yellow Sea and reaches Jaijou Wang in the Gobi Desert.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

It crosses the country like a long and sinuous backbone that reaches out more than 6400 km of length.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

I have always thought that life is crossing our paths and that in the least expected moment is when an adventure begins.

Mountain biking on the Great Wall of China

Photographer: Fernando Marmolejo
Filmaker: Abel Blanco
Rider: http://www.davidcachon.com



MENTIONS: @MakeYourOwnShortcut




21 Comments

  • + 25
 While I do want to ride my bike on anything and everything and do appreciate the nice video and pictures in the article above I would probably think twice about riding a bike on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is why, taken directly from Wikipedia:
With the intent of its practical conservation for posterity, which otherwise could be subject to risk from human or animal trespassing, owing to unmonitored/uncontrolled/unrestricted access or threat owing to local administrative negligence, sites are listed and demarcated by UNESCO to have been identified or recognised as a protected zone.

I'm not in support of this Pinbike post as something like this could be damaging to the mountain bike community and perceive us to be reckless and ignorant thrill seekers. With so many places to ride and so much great nature it is perhaps best to avoid National Parks and World Heritage Sites on our two wheels.
  • + 7
 I wonder whether local authorities approved it or not.
  • + 2
 More than sending roost in a corner on a freshly cut drift track in Hyde Park, this will not do the image of mountainbiking any good. Haven't watched the video. But if trail access becomes an issue in several places in the world, this doesn't do it any good.
  • + 5
 Thanks for writing this out. I completely agree!
  • - 2
 @attdt: most likely. However, if man built it, we can surely take the decision to destroy it. It could be argued that it has ruined miles and miles of natural habitat, such thoughts weren't even on the radar when it was built.... life goes on. Who cares, fack em all!!!!
  • + 1
 @attdt: I just returned from this exact section of The Wall. It is one of the remote parts that has yet to be restored. It would HAVE to have been approved because the only people with access to it right now is the tour company who leases this part and the Chinese military who do regular exercises there. Once it's restored, if it's restored, I doubt they would approve this again.
  • + 1
 I just returned from this exact section of The Wall. It is one of the remote parts that has yet to be restored. It would HAVE to have been approved because the only people with access to it right now is the tour company who leases this part and the Chinese military who do regular exercises there. Once it's restored, if it's restored, I doubt they would approve this again.
  • + 0
 Thanks sylvesterp3 for your words! Absolutely my thoughts! I 100% agree with you and I wish, that Pinkbike would delete this post...
  • + 7
 This is actually my first post here in all of my years of just reading the comments. I just gotta say that watching those bricks that were laid thousands of years ago being blown apart under some guy's MTB tires is so disrespectful. I guess it pissed me off enough to actually write something for once. Disappointing.
  • + 1
 Come on Pinkbike- If this was somebody trials riding at the Gwaii Haanas UNESCO site, or doing skids in one of the BC concervation zones, there would be a big discussion article written about it by one of your staff. Not bad cinamatography, but in the wider eyes of the public, this can't do anything but make us look bad as a sport community.
  • - 2
 You care too much. I just checked my drawer and I'm right outta f*#ks to give!
  • + 1
 Whilst you claim to be so bereft of care, it seems odd that you take the time to declare your un astonishing lack of f*cks with the rest of us. Why would anyone care for such a selfish, unaware bottom feeding trolls world view?
  • - 1
 @downhillnirvana: Somebody piss on your chips? Or is it sand in the vagina?


Pretty sure there are bigger fish to fry chap.
  • + 2
 Una bici nunca le ha hecho daño a nadie, hacen más daño los autos, motos, la gente...

Excelente film!
  • + 1
 Alguno tambien puede reducir el grado de postureo
  • + 2
 Mesmerizing!
  • + 2
 rad! good move David!
  • + 1
 I'm out of words... Beer
  • - 2
 Hi guys some of you I think you need to ride more and write less lol A greetings to all
  • + 3
 You don't know how much we ride and we don't know how much you write so let's not worry about that. Instead now that you're even going to comment here, would you mind chipping in on the concerns posted here?

Haven't watched the video but the pictures look pretty. Cheers.

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