Name: Paul Thölen Age: 20 Hometown: Viersen, Germany Hook-ups/Sponsors: Redbull, Vans, Tall Order, Sport Import Distro, Reell Jeans
The favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Ruben Bowl Malaga -BMX video: I rewatched Ruben Alcantara’s grounded part a few weeks ago, and it still blew my mind. -Website: FATBMX, Freedombmx, Vitalbmx -Food: I Love Kebab, but mom's food is pretty good too. -Twitter to follow: I don’t have twitter -Travel destination: New Zealand for sure. -Riders to ride with: All the Viersen Locals. And basically everyone else. -Car: I love old VW buses. If anyone reads this, please give me one. -Movie: Chasing Mavericks
Imagine a very sick bikepark. A tailor-made park including all the sections you need to rise BMX limits to another level. Now imagine the same park fully covered in mirrors. Finally, imagine two of the best riders of the moment nailing tricks you might have never seen. Hard to believe? Also hard to turn it into reality. But it’s not a mirage, it’s absolutely true. It has happened somewhere near Pamplona in Spain and twelve months have been needed to make this possible.
One year throughout which, amongst other things, the Spanish rider with Nigerian origins, Courage Adams (22), has been one of the main responsibles of the thorough design of its sections. However, riding alone in this unique bikepark made no sense and it was a huge challenge. Besides, the first feeling he had once he saw the finished park was “it looks like a spacecraft. That place looked nothing similar to how it was before,” he pointed out.
The decisive moment had come. Courage invited German rider Paul Thölen (19), who came from his hometown Viersen exclusively for the occasion. “As soon as I saw the Mirror Park I thought it was surreal and that I wouldn’t be able to perform a single trick”, he confesses.
The trouble you have to face when riding on such a slippery Surface and facing your own reflections is extreme. Everything is complex and confusing. Stimulus are multiplied times one thousand and your surrounding becomes imprecise and uncertain, to the extent of getting dizzy and having to stop several times until you get back on track.
SUMMER 2016 - Even though this is just a random collection of shaky clips, it makes me remember all the good times me and my friends had last summer. I had the chance to travel all over Europe and had tons of fun on and off my bike.