Video: Volcano Mission on Mt Bromo, Indonesia with Matej Charvat

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Words/Photos: Matej Charvat

There are not many of active volcanoes in Europe. We know them from movies, books or even just from the internet. Until I stood at the edge of an active crater, I just simply couldn’t imagine the power, which is somewhere deep there under. This mission couldn’t have happened without a bike and a camera.

Sunrise at Bromo was just epic.

The feeling when you are walking up the crater, feeling kind of little rumble, and you know something is happening deep in your body. Everything around is shaking a bit and the wind is blowing. Then you just look over the edge and you see something unimaginable. That is what I had a chance to experience few weeks ago in Indonesia.

It took a while to get to the top, but what we saw there was just epic!

After I finished the race in Klemuk, city of Batu, Java Indonesia (finals of Indonesian Downhill Cup 2017) I figured I would go on a mission to a nearby active volcano – Mount Bromo. The local guys, my second family from the Spartan Racing team, gave it the green light and everyone was really excited.

Really intense day of adventures!

We had to start the trip around midnight so we could climb up to an opposite mountain, then walk back down and move to the crater of Bromo for some riding.

Riding the ridge was really scary. You just had to drop in and don’t look down.

The views were just breathtaking and that is all I can actually say. Check out the video, which I managed to edit from the whole day’s adventure. It was a long day which I am probably never going to forget. It wasn’t just one experience, it was whole day packed of a high intensity adventure. The biggest challenge was definitely the ride down that crater ridge.

Ash blasting!

Maybe it will not be apparent from the video, but I still get goosebumps when I see the footage now.

Special thanks to my friends at Spartan Racing Team and mas Arief.
Pictures and some footage: Mr. Ripan and Mr. Afwan.
Main footage and edit: Matej Charvat
Hot dirt!
Thanks to:
Banshee Bikes
Kenny Racing
Chaoyang Tire
HT Components
Formula Brakes – Cyklo Bartoníček
Fiveten –
SuperB / Panasonic CZ/SK
Special thanks to and for the support.
Special Thanks to Afwan and Ripan for additional footage.
Production: Matej Charvat / CharvatBros

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