For his latest urban adventure, MTB trials pioneer Hans Rey met up with downhiller-turned-commentator Rob Warner in Mexico City. The duo wheelied their way through colourful neighbourhoods, enjoyed a breathtaking descent from the 15,000ft Nevado de Toluca volcano and rode at the Desierto de los Leones National Park, where local MTBers are working with the indigenous land owners to create a bike park.
One stop Hans wasn’t prepared to miss was the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan. “These were something I’d always wanted to see,” he explains. “When the Aztec found them, they’d already been there 1,500 years. Nobody knows who built them, why or how.” Of course, he and Rob couldn’t resist a quick bit of back-wheel action in front of them!
On their last day, they distributed bikes on behalf of the charity Hans and his wife Carmen started 17 years ago, Wheels 4 Life, which gives bicycles to people in need of transport in developing countries. Check out Hans’s video from the trip below...
James Costley-White is the editor of Mountain Biking UK (MBUK), the UK's best-selling mountain biking magazine, founded in 1988. James, often known as JCW, has been an avid mountain biker since 1992, during which time he's amassed a huge amount of knowledge about the sport and masses of riding experience. He can regularly be found riding the trails around Bristol and south Wales. As well as editing MBUK, JCW contributes regular product reviews and other articles to the magazine. He's a fully-qualified professional journalist, certified as a senior reporter by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture. As well as heading up MBUK, he's worked for other cycling titles including BikeRadar.com, ChopMTB.com and Triathlon Plus magazine, along with the Bristol Post, Western Daily Press, Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen newspapers.