Patrick "Bengel" Rasche Rides Sauerland

This is a movie about our friend Patrick "Bengel" Rasche and his very own interpretation of mountainbiking. He is one of a few riders holding up the flag of freeride in Germany and representing bigbike riding in its rawest form.

Late spring "Bengel" came up with the idea of shooting a video of his view of freeride mountainbiking in the Sauerland area. He wanted to visit some never ridden spots and also build a few features to top it off. Whenever we both had a time slot we met up to get through the list - starting during the hottest period of the year, finishing a few weeks ago when the air was chilled and mother nature showed her most beautiful colors. This is a story far away from bikeparks and slopestyle tricks...


I knew that there were a few spots in this area, but after scoping out some (active) gravel pits and quarries we set up a rough plan for an edit. Everything was shot in this one part of the Central German Uplands, Sauerland (Sourland). The building and preparing of the spots was tricky. Local residents and forestry aren't too excited about mountain biking in their backyard. But, in the end, most of the stuff worked out better than expected even though some of those lines were so steep that I kinda dropped into the unknown. - Patrick Rasche

Photos: Constantin Fiene & El Flamingo Films

Independent project

Our Job: Idea and Creation

Location: Sauerland, Germany