Fabio Wibmer is a bike pioneer.
It is a simple and unquestionable fact.
Watch any of his films and it’s easy to understand why. Although a viewer will be left with a curious sense of awe and disbelief, the facts are there, plain for all to see. He is able to imagine and do things on a bike that is beyond compare.
But long before his films, like Home Office and Urban Freeride Lives 1-3, had racked up millions and millions of views, TV interviews and rave reviews, he had already set out on his own incredible journey.
A journey based on a belief that you don’t need to conform, and you should follow your vision of what’s possible.
Just imagine riding a bike across the top of a wall, barely wider than your hand, or the tire rolling beneath you.
It could be shoulder height, or it could be high above a gaping chasm, one that’s screaming for your attention, telling you that its best friend is gravity.
At this point you may start to question why you are there.
But you have a choice, of course; you can either jump down, sigh with relief and giggle nervously as you thank some automatic lifesaving hardwiring that has taken control of your decisions.
Or you embrace it all; your thoughts, your senses, your fears and continue on.
That’s where we get to meet the pioneer. The excitement and apprehension of the unknown, of being alone in front, mixed with the inspiration and belief that comes from constant practice and trust in your skills.
Taking on a new line, creating a new trick or dropping in from a helicopter requires a natural talent, hours and hours of practice and an absolute trust in your equipment. But more than anything it comes down to belief.
Pioneers are not born; they are made. It takes hard work, dedication and an unrelenting focus on a vision. Every new line requires meticulous planning; speed, take off, landing zones, tire pressure, lens type, brake modulation, suspension rebound etc all have to be right, and that’s long before the practice really starts.
The final product, which could be an icy downhill skiing slope, a series of Parisian steps, or roof jumping into a tree! is only ever possible once the idea has been thought through, tested again and again, then refined and improved. That’s where the genius and hard work lies.
You’re never born a pioneer, but you can become one. Just ask Fabio!