© Manfred Stromberg

VIA FERRATA

Mountainbiking on a climbing route?

Via Ferrata is a short film about my first descent of a fixed-rope climbing-route on a Mountainbike. Christoph Thoresen filmed my ride in the amazing Brenta Dolomites with a drone.

Hiking the whole Bocchette Via Ferrata in spring 2015, I couldn't belief my eyes when the last part of it looked like a singletrack to me... So I came back in fall 2015 with my bicycle. At Via Ferrata Benini, Vidi and Sentiero Orsi I rode >90% of all the downhill-sections.

But I honestly don't want to do this ride again. It's stupidly dangerous, feels triple as exposed as it looks like and there is a lot more uphill-climbing and ladders involved than the video shows. You think about doing this tour as well? I really recommend to walk these fantastic route without a bicycle. And only if you then see a trail too...

VIA FERRATA was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2015 and at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2016. It is screening at the Radical Reels Film Tour worldwide.


Iceland © Sebastian Doerk

Iceland © Sebastian Doerk

HORACE

AND THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP

Long before bikes got fat tires, full suspension and carbon fiber frames, the urge to push the pedals off road found its way into the hearts of riders. One group, the UK-based Rough Stuff Fellowship has united such riders for decades, since a time when crossing rugged terrain was truly for the dedicated adventurer.

"Horace and the Rough Stuff Fellowship" tells the story of Horace Dall, an astronomer who—80 years ago—single-handedly crossed Iceland's moonlike central desert in his suit and tie, solo, with just a napkin-sized map and the stars as his guide.

The film tells Dall's story as well as the like-minded adventurers who came after him, only to find it had (sort of) been done before. The film, with its stunning high-definition shots of the landscape, examines the eternal questions: Why do we go off road? Why leave the comforts of home? Are there any new adventures to be had? The answers of course (if there are any) lie in the hearts of individuals. And if you keep looking, you're already there. © coolhunting.com


Trials World Champion Tom Öhler and me on Breithorn summit © Sebastian Doerk

Trials World Champion Tom Öhler and me on Breithorn summit
© Sebastian Doerk

The Sea of Rock

a first descend and a history lesson

Trial-Worldchampion Tom Öhler, filmer Sebastian Doerk and me reveal a story long lost. A bicycle hanging in a climbing route guards the entrance to a vast mountain range. The story leads us to two guys who almost invented the mountainbike and killed themselves in only one day...

Sea of Rock tells their story and shows how two professional Mountainbikers attempt the same project 40 years later. The different riding styles of Tom and me meet one of the most challenging terrains in the alps.

Sea of Rock was the most sucessfull german bike-movie in 2012 and screened worldwide at several Film Festivals and Film tours in 2013.