Matej Charvat, as a first WorldCup rider ever travelled thru whole Jawa, East to West and rode the most famous tracks.
When we say Indonesia…the most of us will think about the Island of Gods, Bali…but Matej saved the surfing for later. First he pointed to Jawa, where he managed a CharvatBros Bike Camp for local racing team. They traveled whole island of Jawa with Spartan Racing Team and rode seven of the most famous tracks along the way. How was it? You can just check the next episode of Matej’s vlog – MY RIDE!
Matej, do you have any word for us before we just go and check your video?
It was my first time to Jawa. I read and saw all available before a trip, but it was still a bit of blind spot. It was a great time, tho! Beautiful nature, nice people… I really liked some of the tracks too and the enduro trip to Mount Bromo was a great addition. We was not super lucky with the weather, as it rained almost every afternoon. Well, I expected that, as we’re in the middle of rain-season. A lot of trails are going straight thru some paddy fields so every morning a super slippery slide was like waiting for us to crash. One of my favorites was definitely Pamitra Bikepark. The character of the track was the closest to Euro tracks, which I like. Paralayang was also a good and steep one with a nice view. Last two days we spent in Cikole. Probably the most famous track in Jawa, where also the foreigners are coming to ride. It’s nothing special, but a lot of fun and also good for training.
As I mentioned, I trained a group of Indonesian racers. I was having fun with them all the time on and off the bike. We rode for days and did some theory, video coaching and bike maintenance in the evenings. They showed me everything, we traveled whole island, I tried everything available and met some cool local riders. The travelling was pretty long. There is almost no highways from east to west and the roads are one big hole in another one. We changed the day off for a sitting in the truck. Thanks to it we were able to see a lot more, tho. I was really surprised how big is the difference between the city and village life. The people still live almost like in middle ages, agricuturing around their wooden huts. We had to wake up around 3am a lot of times and just go to the track, so I deserve a rest now….in Bali! It took us a bit to fly from Jawa, hope you all who follow me on FB and Instagram know the story of wrong flight tickets and had fun with me. I’m really looking forward to rest and swap the bike for a surfboard for a while!“