Matador Originals | Illuminate the Bike: Romania

by David Miller Dec 6, 2017

After racing all over the world, from China to Taiwan to Azerbaijan to Korea, Team Illuminate was thrilled at the chance to finally race in Europe.

Although Romania was a country they knew little about beforehand, the team was stoked to get a big win and to connect with the local community. As filmmaker Kris Evered notes, “We had a local bike mechanic on our team and he took us to meet his family. When we went to his house it was amazing to see how self-sufficient they were. They pretty much grow everything or buy it from their neighbor. They even make their own alcohol (wine and rakia), and I was really impressed with their quality of life. Everyone seemed really happy even though they did not have much.”

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