The Austrian cycling sensation, whose videos have earned him many followers on Instagram and YouTube, has been pedaling furiously during the blockade.
While previously using railings and walls in cities around the world for his stunts, the 24-year-old is making the most of what he has at home for his videos.
His “Home Office” video, which was viewed more than 1.6 million times in one day and now has more than seven million views, involves Wibmer performing tricks throughout his home using household appliances and sports equipment as accessories.
“We really enjoyed it because we had a rhythm, something like a mission to do something and we found our passion in that moment.”
“I think the whole team was super happy to be in a situation where we can still do something at home instead of just sitting at home and watching Netflix or whatever.”
Adapting to the environment
Wibmer started riding when he was six years old and traveled the world to film stunts from the streets of Paris and Hamburg to Tenerife and Vancouver.
Given that global lifestyle, being told that he should stay home in Austria was “super crazy” for Wibmer.
“I was there with my roommates and then we thought, ‘well, let’s make the most of it and try to be creative and do something.’ And then I had to take my cycling playground from the streets and mountains to my house.”
“For a guy like me, I’m used to playing outside on my bike and riding my bike anywhere else, but not at home. I really didn’t know what to do at first because I generally don’t ride home.”
Even for someone as experienced as Wibmer, some of the stunts featured in the video took numerous refinement attempts.
Wibmer says he tried the basketball trick, where he uses the rear wheel of his bike to hit the ball in the hoop, about “600 times.”
“I think of those 600 attempts we had, maybe 10 attempts went in that direction, but they’re definitely not in the basket.”
“I mean we didn’t really have any stress, so it was actually colder. It took us about four or five weeks total to get everything.”
Its increase in popularity has also been accompanied by a growing awareness of its ability to inspire people in the cycling community.
“With my driving and my passion for cycling, I can inspire a lot of people and a lot of kids, which is really cool,” explains Wibmer.
“The cycling nation can still reach so many people and inspire so many people. This is really cool and it really motivates and excites me so much for every video.”