Video | MONTANUS presents “The COLD VEIN”
The call of the mountain is even stronger during winter, when the snow breaks the tree-tops and
the cold weather freezes the bones. During this time, when most people put their bike to rest, an
adventure between two Italian buddies began. They aimed to search for the COLD VEIN, that vein
which come back to pulsate in the winter wilderness.
This was an experience that brought Giorgio and Francesco to find more than what they were
searching for. A journey through their own limits, where what is important, is not the width of the
tires but the extent of the horizons.
The video is dedicated to Walter Belli, a dear friend who had a bad injury during a DH session and
who is still fighting every day with the wilderness alive in his heart.
Self filmed with a Canon 500D (2009), a GoPro HERO4 and a “no brand” alluminum tripod. Aerial
filming by APR Italia. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
A huge thanks for those who continues to believe in our project:
Adidas Eyewear, Alpine Threadworks, Chromag, Endura, EVOC, Ferrino, Five Ten, Formula Brakes,
Genesis Bikes, GSI Outdoors, Leisure Lakes Bikes, Porcelain Rocket, Rode, Rycote, SOG Knives,
The MONTANUS project
Montanus is an all-seasons project of “Bikepacking – social sharing,” born in Abruzzo, the Italian
region where the Mountain chain Gran Sasso shows its majesty.
Two friends, Giorgio Frattale and Francesco D’Alessio, were able to put together their outdoor
passion with their love of mountain biking.
The meaning of Montanus is an attitude, an intimate journey. Montanus is the call of the wild of
Buck, the dog in the novel of Jack London. Montanus is the smell of moss on your gloves, the dry
mud on your bike, the frost on your sleeping bag. Montanus is the life outside from the ‘comfort
zone’, it is an inspiration for those who want to experience nature. Montanus is about enjoying the
slow ride, perceiving the smells and taking in the colors.
Here the previous video of Montanus: “The Call of the Mountain” https://vimeo.com/106432303
Words & Photos: The MONTANUS project