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Watch Kriss Kyle's epic mountain biking run in Lavaux, Switzerland!

Bike visionary Kriss Kyle‬ brings his dream freestyle course to life in the iconic terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Switzerland. Join the ride!
Written by Tom Gilgamann, Rajiv Desai and Agata Strausa
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Scottish BMX sensation Kriss Kyle is a force to be reckoned with, known for pushing the boundaries of what's possible on two wheels. In a bold departure from his BMX roots, Kyle teamed up with his crew to carve out an epic dream line through Switzerland's legendary vineyards and breathtaking landscapes in Lavaux. Swapping his BMX for a mountain bike, he unleashed his creativity in a whole new way. The result is "Through the Grapevines," an exhilarating edit that showcases Kyle's unique vision and skills. Check out the video below to witness this stunning blend of innovation and natural beauty.
Kriss Kyle's dream line through Lavaux could not have been more varied: castle walls, dirt jumps, wall rides, rails and even a passing express train were all part of it. Look out in particular for the open loop that Kyle completed in an extremely narrow alley in the village of Saint-Saphorin.
As ever with such freestyle bike-riding projects, nothing goes right the first time when riding. Kyle remembers one fall in particular: "It was really horrible. But I still remember watching the video of the fall afterwards. And how I saw my face when I jumped off my bike upside down."

What bike does Kriss Kyle ride?

Kriss Kyle as seen on his Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro mountain bike during Through The Grapevines in Lavaux, Switzerland.

Specialized provided the bike while Prada supplied the clothing

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For Through the Grapevines, Kyle's mountain bike of choice was the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro, which has a 26-inch wheel at the rear and a 27.5-inch wheel at the front. "It's completely different to my BMX. If I'm honest, it's almost like a breath of fresh air. The bigger wheels grind a lot more. I love the suspension when I land. It's wonderful compared to BMX, where every impact hammers my body," said Kyle.

How did Kriss Kyle come up with the route?

Kriss Kyle performs a curve wall ride during "Through The Grapevines" in Lavaux, Switzerland.

Kyle riding a curved wall in between Lavaux's famous terraced vineyards

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The route that Kyle took across the vineyards was determined following many consultations with the authorities and local landowners, as well as extensive reconnaissance tours, during which the wood, dirt and construction crews refined the concept. From construction to the final edit, Kyle and his seven crew members were on site for 14 days. In reconnaissance, Kyle and the team explored the terrain on e-bikes. And there was no shortage of enjoyment, as track builder George Eccleston says enthusiastically: "We looked at the spots - and tasted the wine."
Kriss Kyle cycling through vineyards in Lavaux, Switzerland.

Kriss Kyle cycling through scenic vineyards

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"What inspires me is the sheer passion that everyone here has for wine. It was incredible to get to know the people behind this world-class wine. They pour their heart and soul into it, and it pays off," Kyle enthuses when asked to sum up his experience of shooting Through the Grapevines in Lavaux.

What was the most epic moment?

One of the hardest parts was a wooden ramp, where Kriss Kyle had to build up enough speed to do a wall ride on a vertical, round wall. Another challenge was the open loop that Kyle conjured up in the narrow alleyways of Saint-Saphorin.
Kriss Kyle as seen performing a trick during the filming of Through The Grapevines in Lavaux, Switzerland.

An open loop with hardly any room for error

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"I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to bike in this special UNESCO World Heritage site, all thanks to the generous local winemakers. The beauty of Lavaux is conserved so well, and I am happy to see that everybody is keeping it that way.”

Where is Lavaux - and what's so special about it?

Lavaux is situated in the most western reaches of Switzerland. The area is known and famous for the wine it produces. The vineyards, which have been cultivated on terraced slopes, span a 30-kilometre stretch of Lake Geneva between Lausanne and Montreux - and have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Anyone visiting will enjoy an unforgettable view of Lake Geneva, and as such, Lavaux has a regular influx of tourists eager to sample those views and drink the wine made there.
Kriss Kyle poses for a portrait during Through The Grapevines in Lavaux, Switzerland.

Kyle admiring the views of Lake Geneva and beyond from Lavaux

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What is Kriss Kyle known for?

Kyle is no stranger to taking on the spectacular or being heavily creative. The Scottish-born athlete took to the skies last year to ride his bike in Don't Look Down, where he rode his BMX on a mini park bowl attached to a hot air balloon 600 metres above ground. Though Kyle has made his name as a BMX freestyle rider, he's equally adept at turning tricks on a mountain bike's bigger frames and wheels.

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