Sections of this post originally appeared on Justin Bastien’s website
Giant dump trucks, thick mud, cows, cars, waterfalls, landslides and extreme drop-offs are just some of the dangerous obstacles that riders encounter on the Tour of the Dragon in Bhutan.
Touted as the world’s toughest one-day mountain-bike race, the Tour of the Dragon, in the Eastern Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, takes riders over 15,000 feet of climbing.
But in a nation known for promoting happiness, this annual suffer fest is all part of a royal campaign to encourage fitness and personal well-being.
Justin Bastien was lucky to be there to photograph and film the blissful suffering The Red Bulletin Magazine, a RedBull publication.
Justin’s path of wanderlust led him to photography and capturing his incredible adventures to share with others. To him, it was a platform for seeing the world, learning, meeting new people, and of course having fun. Like all his other hobbies, photography became a new terrain to learn and Justin never does anything half-heartedly. He threw himself into absorbing everything he could from any resource around him and creating something new from it.
This self-proclaimed vagabond does it all. He is a photographer, director, DP, and even steps in front of the lens. Moving or still, Justin’s work pulls you in on his crazy adventure and makes you feel right there with him. Impossible does not deter him from a job, if anything it attracts him even more.