Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 43

Religious fanaticism, sable-rattling Mullahs and a seemingly sealed off society – Iran remains a largely cryptic country. The oriental magic of the past is nowhere to be found. A trip to Tehran and its backcountry has confronted Andrew “Needles” Neethling and Holger Meyer with reality. Together with locals, the well-travelled pros explored the pearl of Persia’s single trails – and experienced not just the country’s top-notch trail network, but also the warmth of its inhabitants. Their perception of Iran was turned completely upside down. WORDS BY HOLGER MEYER | PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARTIN BISSIG bucket list busting | MTB | 43