Video: A Human Spirit Film – Blind Ambition

Hein Wagner was born blind, but, rather than seeing it as a disability, has chosen to view it as a challenge.

And Hein knows about challenges. As a true global adventurer, he has finished numerous Ironman competitions, completed the Cape-to-Rio Sailing Challenge and is the current World Blind Land Speed Record Holder. As a corporate motivational speaker, Hein shares his unique and remarkable experiences about his various adventures, none of which proved more difficult than the world’s toughest mountain bike race, the Absa Cape Epic. Done on a dare from his riding partner, Gerrie Olivier, Hein recounts the emotional story of courage, tears and triumph.

Video: #whyMTB Chapter 3: Vanessa Hauswald

What is the meaning of mountain biking? Why do we ride? In this continuing Kitsbow video series, we explore what it means to ride from the motivations and perspectives of those whose tireless efforts have lent the sport meaning and inspiration to our own lives.

In this third chapter, we return to our backyard in Sonoma County and meet Vanessa Hauswald, a former Petaluma English teacher now serving as the Executive Director of the Norcal League — Northern California’s arm of the National Intercollegiate Cycling Association. Her role with NICA is simple: get more high school kids outside and on bikes. But Vanessa’s story has a twist — a powerful complexity that keeps her going back to the trail for reasons that far eclipse even the job she loves.

#whyMTB Chapter 3: Vanessa Hauswald from Kitsbow on Vimeo.