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Field Journal



A Film by Montanus

Vivid, a short film by Montanus, explores the memories created by the most meaningful experiences found on two wheels.

Riding a bike is something special. It’s a way to have fun or to escape. It can provide time for inner reflection if you ride alone, or it can be a shared experience with fellow riders. Multi-day bikepacking trips can amplify this simply by spending more time outdoors. Every single trip is a series of unique moments captured and stored in your mind to be recalled and shared with friends for many years to follow.

Vivid Vivid Vivid

In November 2013 Francesco D’Alessio and Giorgio Frattale planned a two-day bikepacking trip over the mountains of Abruzzo, spending the night in a tiny mountain hut at 1900 meters above sea level. ‘At the time, we had no idea what the word “bikepacking” even meant,’ recalls Francesco, ‘and we rode heavy enduro bikes carrying extensive camping equipment in huge backpacks.’

That first adventure marked the birth of the Montanus project. Eight years on, the memory of that overnighter was so vivid that it continues to feed their urge to explore wild and remote places. And so when they found themselves on familiar ground on the loop around Mount Sirente in the regional park of Sirente Velino they decided to ride the route once again.



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