Following the Horsemen - Video

Jun 16, 2017 at 11:39
by Richard Cunningham  


Following the Horsemen
A film by Tobias Steinigeweg and Maximilian Stolaro

There are few roads in Lesotho. There are even fewer mountain bikers. Here the horse is supreme and the myriad horse trails that have been carved through its steep and rugged mountains are its lifeblood. Horsemen ply these trails, just as they have for generations, riding between villages that have remained unchanged over centuries. Amidst this scene, frozen in time is Isaac: a twenty-two-year-old horseman who is bridging the gap between old and new. For a week in April 2017, Isaac—or Leputhing Molapo to use his Basotho name—rode a 180 Kilometre traverse of the mountains of his home country. It was a ride like his father had done before him, but this time he was leading two mountain bikers.

Following Isaac were Canadian freerider Kevin Landry and Swiss ex-downhill racer Claudio Caluori, both embarking on a journey that will showcase the beautiful unknown landscapes of this small country. Riding only horse trails, it’s a journey laden with physical challenges for all, but it’s a journey that will cement friendships between a traditional blanket-wearing horseman and two state-of-the-art, bike-wielding mountain bikers.

For two pioneering mountain bikers, this ride is the most adventurous undertaking they have ever made. For one horseman, it's a ride that heralds a new dawn.
Following the Horsmen
Dan Milner photo
Have a Good One Productions conceived and co-ordinated this unique adventure. In April 2017, they traveled to Lesotho in Southern Africa and working with Sky Adventures to provide support and logistics, they set out to document this journey and the unique chapter in Lesotho’s history it represents. Driven by their passion to create a unique film, Tobias Steinigeweg and Maximilian Stolarow shared the rocky trails and high mountain passes and abandoned trading post accommodations with the riders. Following The Horsemen is a film that not only highlights the potential of Lesotho as a new adventure destination but also provides an invaluable glimpse into its heritage through the country’s iconic horsemen.

Following the Horsmen
Dan Milner photo


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F O L L O W I N G T H E H O R S E M E N
A film by TOBIAS STEINIGEWEG/MAXIMILIAN STOLAROW
A HAVE A GOOD ONE Production
Supported by SCOTT SPORTS/VELOSOLUTIONS
Directed by TOBIAS STEINIGEWEG/MAXIMILIAN STOLAROW
Produced by TOBIAS STEINIGEWEG
Cinematography MAXIMILIAN STOLAROW
Edited by TOBIAS STEINIGEWEG
Color Grading SAMUEL MUFF
Sound Design DANIEL MÖLLER-BERTRAM
Photographe DAN MILNER
Cast
Riders CLAUDIO CALUORI/KEVIN LANDRY
Horseman LEPUTHING ISAAC MOLAPO
Chief MICHAEL RAMASHAMOLE
Pilot JUSTIN HONAKER
Production Coordinator DAROL HOWES
Location Managers TUMELO MAKHETHA/THABO NTLHOKI
Location Scout CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT
MTB Guide BOTENG MOLAPO
Driver TUMELO MAKHETHA
Logistics and Catering SKY ADVENTURES/MOSTAT ADVENTURES
Main Theme "AT THE CLOSE" ELEGY MUSIC

30 Comments

  • + 17
 Beautiful kingdom and very isolated. Well done everyone for shedding some light on these places. The wisdom of the chief (even simplistic as it may sound) should be passed on to our first world leaders. The world would be a better place.
  • + 7
 Word! Thanks for your feedback. And yes, the chief was definitely an inspiring person.
  • + 11
 Epic, old chief let's it all out
  • + 9
 Wow. Though the scenery and setting were spectacular I enjoyed the storytelling most of all. Well done.
  • + 1
 Thanks! In the end the country and its people wrote the story. We are only the tellers. Lesotho should be definitely on every mountain bikers travel list.
  • + 10
 I just want to start packing ... :-(
  • + 2
 Just do it. This is your itinerary: www.followingthehorsemen.com/tour ????
  • + 4
 It seems there are still places in the world not affected by the world Truly amazing footage and the editing is above and beyond....Claudio is just the perfect humble guy. Everything about this film is humble, the feel, the music the people and the journey. Thank your guys for bringing this to us.
  • + 1
 Thanks a lot for this overwhelming feedback!
  • + 1
 Awesome video and story! Not to mention a place I had never heard of! I do feel compelled to say that the reason you don't stand under a tree in a lightning storm is not the risk of the tree or branches falling on you...it is electricity and lots of it.
  • + 5
 Banger! Need more videos like this.
  • + 1
 We work on that ;-)
  • + 2
 The stories that accompany our riding and experiences with our friends and tribe will endure long after the steel, aluminum, and carbon is gone. This is what matters.
  • + 1
 Loads of awesome riding in Lesotho! We absolutely love the country and its people. Check out some of the tours we offer in the Mountain Kingdom...
www.detourtrails.co.za
  • + 1
 Or just book the ORIGINAL Following The Horsemen Tour ;-)
www.followingthehorsemen.com/tour
  • + 4
 The 'epic' of mountain biking is truthfully here
  • + 3
 This made my day. Thanks.
  • + 1
 So much to take away from this. Incredible people and stories, I could listen to them for days. The sound track was especially nice too, well done.
  • + 1
 Thanks. The main theme in the film is by our partner www.elegy-music.com They are really talented composers.
  • + 2
 Awesome trip and video. Great to see things like this.
  • + 1
 Do it, feel it, you will love it: www.followingthehorsemen.com/tour
  • + 1
 great video, but don't hide under trees in lightning. they blow up when they are struck because the sap heats and expands.
  • + 2
 Thank you for this amazing trip guys ! Great filming too !
  • + 2
 Great and impressive movie!
  • + 1
 I hope Claudio's toe is ok?..
  • + 1
 It is. He is a Machine!
  • + 1
 That landscape is mindblowing. Epic!!!!
  • + 1
 That was excellent!
  • + 1
 Simply amazing

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