STEEP AS ....
Steep, loose, rocky, exposed – these are not the words which would describe vast majority of trails in Slovakia and we certainly didn’t expect to find locations with these types of conditions. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why freeride isn’t that popular in our country.
However, there was something unusual that caught our eye. It all started when we first saw some footage of our friend Jakub Béreš riding down crazy, mars looking steep line. To our surprise, nature wasn’t the one who allowed him to ride there. It was men who intervened and carved massive amount of stones from which stone pits were created. As simple as the idea of riding in stone pits seem to be, nobody even thought about it here before.
But first thing first. Stone pits are mostly private areas and not only is it illegal to even be there without permission, just walk around in working hours could lead to some serious troubles. First experience was far beyond our expectations. Two stone pits, lines so steep that makes you feel dizzy, your head spinning around just standing on the edge. It felt like we just moved to Mars. And it is not only surroundings, but the way Jakub rides those lines is like from another planet. Well at least for a rider from Slovakia it is unique for sure.
These freeride lines which Jakub finds have never been ridden before, so preparation is everything. Sometimes it took a few days of hard work digging to ride it eventually. And even after that you still don’t know if it’s rideable till the first drop in.
DAY OR NIGHT? BOTH!
After riding this gnarly line during the day, Jakub had an idea to give a try during the night as well. We got four bike lamps and went in to the stone pit during an evening when it was pitch dark. After some time trying to lighten up the line and taking some test shots to see how the cameras performed at night, one lamp turned dead. This was something that definitely didn’t add Jakub much confidence. We were positive that the final photo would be unique but also concerned about Jakub’s health. In the end, he decided to give it a try and everything went well.