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All about heart
EL SALVADOR, CENTRAL AMERICA’S smallest country, lies by the warm Pacific Ocean coast squeezed
between Guatemala and Nicaragua. Small in size, it sits at the top of many negative lists, with one of
the highest homicide rates in the world, over a third of its population living below the poverty line, and
with many of the country’s youth turning to gangs to survive. Right here, in a small town called El
Tunco, legendary downhill mountain biker Chris Van Dine has thrown his skills, energy, passion and
heart into a bike project together with the local orphanage Remar.
Chris has always had a huge heart for grassroots efforts that focus on sustainability and social
engagement, and the El Tunco project has shown how using local passion to drive these efforts can
really engage and help people. With the support of Thule and the award winning production company
(and fellow Thule Crew members) Sherpas Cinema, Chris‘s El Tunco project was captured in a beautiful
short film, called Bikes of El Salvador.
Traveling with a bicycle opens doors in ways you can’t imagine. It’s a passport to new places you
otherwise couldn’t access or wouldn’t go, and an automatic connection with people from around
theglobe. This trip sent us into the high alpine of the Chilcotin mountains where we slept under the
stars on a lake beach, took a float plane 35 miles into the backcountry, and then rode back home
through wild untrammeled terrain. #Thule RoundTrip ProMy years of racing have certainly given me the
opportunities to experience an interesting life, and more importantly, allowed me to be where I am
today. But it’s these days riding with friends, taking in the views, and finding joy on a bike again that
really makes this sport special.
Chris Van Dine
Chris’s favorite moments are the vicarious ones. Standing on podiums and stages is wonderful, but the sheer amazement and joy that sweeps over the face of a child riding on two wheels for the first time is something else.
Chris Van Dine