“You are going to Azerbaijan for mountain biking? Are you crazy?” This is what many friends wondered before our departure. Everybody behaved like an over attentive parent who needed to make sure that their children chose their destination reasonably, which obviously was something we did not. While most of the people walk effortlessly down paved roads, ZAM project is about discovering places where mountain biking has, as of yet, been completely unknown or introduced only recently. After two weeks of travel, we travelled over 12,000 kilometres in one van, spent ten days on a bike, made unexpected new friends and, among many other activities, we emptied five bottles of Jägermeister and three packs of Red Bull. We also got in touch with the local government, which makes us hope that mountain biking will be met with all the available support and develop into one of the most popular sports in the country. Big thanks to everyone who has helped us in fulfilling our dream!
Richard “Gaspi” Gasperotti, Lukáš Jusko, Martin Smolík, Adam Maršál
It is bound by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.