Petr Kraus, world champion trial biker and European Red Bull athlete since 1996, is in Bangkok to celebrate the global brand's launch this week.
Drivers caught in the city gridlock yesterday were stunned when Kraus jumped over a pickup truck on bustling Sukhumvit Soi 3 to beat the traffic jams. Such stunts are fuelled by his personal philosophy – “it’s not about how long you live, it’s HOW you live”.
Trial biking, an offshoot of mountain-biking, is a sport that’s growing in popularity in Thailand, involves manoeuvring through an obstacle-strewn course of fearsome jumps that catapult riders high into the air.
“No matter the challenge, whether it’s a championship or conquering Bangkok’s traffic, my mindset is always the same. I forget about everything around me and focus on the bike, myself and just what’s ahead of me. These three things keep me focused on achieving my goals,” said Kraus, after jumping the pickup and weaving through traffic.
Kraus, who hails from the Czech Republic, has a long history of success in the sport. At 17, he was the youngest rider in this category, but managed to take a very respectable 4th place in the 1993 World Championships. The following year, he rode to domination by taking the World Championship title – the youngest rider ever to do so.
Kraus went on to become five-time Czech Champion and three-time World Champion. He will be beating traffic jams in Bangkok until the end of the week to celebrate the arrival of European Red Bull in Thailand.