For any of you who know our social media demigod, Mr Tin, you’ll know he loves a challenge. In August, after we built our latest Cakebike with Ekosport in Grenoble, and after they challenged us to a roadtrip. Tin, of course, jumped at the opportunity and before you knew it - he had the route set. As a group of three, Tin and his comrades were going to Cakebike from Innsbruck to Annecy in seven days (only on backroads). The weather forecast was obviously pretty hit and miss. In Tin’s words it was the best week of work he ever had:
“It may sound obvious as my job was to be out of the office and on the road for six days, but I get to do that a lot in my role and this one was definitely different. Yes, we could have done this route a lot quicker - in a car, driving from Innsbruck to Annecy only takes eight hours - but where’s the fun in that? Instead, we decided to ride 792 kms on electric bikes, which needed two hours of charging every 80kms.
At Db, we believe that traveling makes people better, but it’s so often connected to work and done in a hurry. Running from terminal A to terminal F isn’t relaxing, it doesn’t help you take in your surroundings or meet new people. This trip, for me, was a reminder that we get so much more out of our travels if we take it slow, take unknown roads, stop at random places, ask strangers for help, get caught by the rain, sleep in a tent when it’s 5 degrees outside, or in a van if you don’t have somewhere you can pitch the tent… It’s those kinds of moments that change us, connect us and remind us of how traveling can really be the best thing there is.” - Tin Kosir, Social Media Kingpin
That road trip brought us nicely to Annecy for the High Five festival and our second pop up with Matt and Perly of Club Sandwich. Our gallery was an ode to alternative snowboarding, featuring Äsmo Powsurfers, Korua, United Shapes, Salomon Hillside as we aimed to give the stage over to those who are shaping snow culture right now.