"See Naples and die!" – a Mediterranean coastal adventure with Hans Rey
Join MTB pioneer and explorer Hans Rey on an Italian odyssey of bikes, volcanos and ancient history
Hansjörg Rey, aka Hans ‘No Way’ Rey, is a certified legend in the MTB world. Not just of the sport either – Hans progressed through the trials riding scene in the '90s, earned himself a UCI world champs title and amazed viewers of his many videos. In recent years he's dedicated himself to travelling around the globe in search of new riding adventures, and one of his latest exploits has taken him to Italy and the Amalfi Coast – with an impressive ride from Amalfi to the island of Ischia, taking in the rich history along the way. Hans used his old-school trials skills to navigate through a maze of ancient trails and exposed rocky outcrops, avoiding active volcanoes and Mafia-run ghettos. Of course, being an accomplished adventurer, Hans not only managed to hunt down the best riding, but also the finest pasta, wine and limoncello along the way!
We ran a photo-feature on Hans' trip in our April issue (MBUK 367). The accompanying video has just come out, so check it out here:
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Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.