3.10. 2014Michal Kosík

Michal Kosik: Back on Wheels

One of the Horsefeathers team riders truly stands out from the crowd. Overcoming a back injury which left him on a wheelchair, Michal Kosik came back with boundless energy and optimism to get back into the sport he loves. Making dreams come true demands Mike works hard on himself, trains intensely. He lives the lifestyle of a true biker in a manner that deserves great respect. One of his dreams was a freeride trip to some expansive natural playground with his custom built quad bike.

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

Thanks to Richard “Gaspi” Gasperotti, Michal had a chance to take part in a bike trip to France and this is how it went:
“It all started when Gaspi called me up and says he has plans for the fourth part of his ZAM (road in Mongolian) bike trip series and if I’d be interested in coming. The team consisted of Jan (photographer), Marty (video), Ales (guy for everything – thanks for that!), me and, of course, Gaspi.

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The whole crew / photo: Jan Kasl

The location was picked chosen by Gaspi before his injury in Morocco. The only thing I knew, was that we’re going for a great free ride, that it’s called Black Hills and it is located in France. And that it is around 100 km from Nice.
Then everything took off super fast. I got a call to pack up, and the next evening we were off. The drive was long but with the great crew, it turned out to be fun and before we knew it, we were in France. Gaspi arranged everything beforehand, so we got our barrier-free accommodation at local campsite in a mobile home. With a shower and bathroom accessibility, I was a happy camper.

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Michal Kosik / photo: Jan Kasl

There was no reason to linger, so we immediately took off to scout out the location and decide where to film and shoot. The whole are was amazing – so many great spots that everywhere I looked I saw a line. That’s when I realized that Gaspi has helped me make may dream of freeriding in the open nature come true. And to be honest, the last time I rode such great terrain was when I still had the use of my legs. Since then, I usually focused on bike parks, but this was finally a true and perfect natural freeride spot.

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

Rest of the day was dedicated to planing the ideal lines. We found a perfect setting which guaranteed the best freeride riding ever. I knew this was it. From then on, we just rode up and down the beautiful dominating mountains, filming and shooting along the way. The weather was perfect and it turned out that this became one of the most amazing trips in years! I don’t think I need to write morel; the photos will tell it all.

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

However what I need to mention is a line of thanks. I would like to thank everyone, especially all my sponsors and partners which have made this possible. I want to thank Vectra foundation and welovecycling project by Skoda Auto. Jan for great photos and Marty for super video. Ales for taking care of us and for being my legs whenever I need (get well soon!). And Gaspi? This is a guy I admire and I am really glad there are people like him that are willing to go out of their way and selflessly help others! He is my HERO!!”

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik and Gaspi / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik / photo: Jan Kasl

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Michal Kosik / photo: Jan Kasl

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