Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru Landscape

3 mountain bikers from Indonesia attempted a multi-day circumnavigation of an active volcano Mount Bromo with nothing but our bikes, gear, cameras and friendship.

I was too late pulling the brakes, the speed was extremely fast, I lost my grip on the handlebar and what I remembered was a severe pain. My left shoulder hit the ground really hard and seconds later my bike lost its gravity and fell on my body. Arifin and Irul approached to help me stand off the ground. I tried to estrange my left shoulder, but a cracking sound startled us instantly. A story of mountain bike ride to Mount Bromo.

The Beginning

100 miles away two weeks earlier, three of us were in a coffee shop, watching some adventure short video teasers. The outdoor bike ride of Walter Mitty’s scene was really mind-blowing, and its blasting Icelandic folk soundtrack music amazed us. Another, Danny MacAskill’s mountain bike riding to the Isle of Sky, Scotland was really impressive and we thought it’s time to start our own adventure.

Early morning in December 2014, three of us started. 3 mountain bikers from Indonesia attempted a multi-day circumnavigation of an active volcano Mount Bromo with nothing but our bikes, gear, cameras and friendship. The distance is 3 hours by a motorbike but it takes 3 days for a bike ride! Instead of complaining the track length, We convinced ourselves to finish what we started.

In the first 3 hours, we really enjoyed the road bike but shortly after that was a misery! Only slopes, winding roads, and shower rain. I asked Irul where we were, the altitude and temperature. We still a third way to our first checkpoint based on our GPS. The wind slapped our faces, it felt chilly and damp. Worse!

“Guys, we need to find a shelter, we need a break and emergency hot coffee!”

Arifin told both of us “I prefer having 7 days climbing Mount Arjuna (10,955 ft) than riding a mountain bike for 3 days full of tensions.”

Mount Bromo

Sunrise Bromo
Sunrise Bromo

It was magical, tiring but exciting. The dancing tree sounds, singing birds and whistling bumblebees inside the tropical forest were really surprising. I couldn’t even blink my eyes for seconds after finally reach our first checkpoint. A heavenly place above the clouds where you can see the golden sky, fading sunset, and Mount Bromo volcanic ashes floated in the sky. I was trembling with excitement and couldn’t stop smiling to see how amazing the late twilight! Tent bound in Bromo’s range.

Mountain Bike Bromo
Mountain Bike Bromo
Racing with the horse
Racing with the horse
Savana Bromo
Savana Bromo

The next checkpoint is only 6 km’s downhill ride. The double track has a really extreme slope, it required us to strongly hold the handlebar. My grip had no power and the mound made me lost my grip. No second tent bound, I ended up in a hospital for my left clavicle fracture.

That was how my ride ended. Coming soon to rewind.

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