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About

It's not a documentary about a world record, it's a story of life where you can die without dying.

We are in Maas Van Beek´s final stage of training in La Paz, Bolivia. Next week we will be in Aguascalientes, Mexico to witness a historic event: Maas "The Monk" will be breaking the World Hour Record. (If we can count on your great help !!!)

We are two Bolivian independent producers who felt inspired by the life history of Maas Van Beek and decided to accompany him on his hard training in the high altitude of La Paz. Your contribution is fundamental for us to travel with Maas to Aguascalientes so we can finish documenting this great moment.

Cristian Conitzer, Luis Velasco, Carlos Teran, Pablo Iturri, Maas Van Beek, Chris Bongers at Chacaltaya Peak.
Cristian Conitzer, Luis Velasco, Carlos Teran, Pablo Iturri, Maas Van Beek, Chris Bongers at Chacaltaya Peak.

  Who is Maas Van Beek?

Maas Van Beek is mad for life, not because he will turn 60 years after the world record attempt, but has beaten cancer twice and despite the intense, almost superhuman, preparation being conducted in La Paz. Whenever he is closer to death, he feels more alive.

Maas grew up in a farm in Barneveld, Holland where he knew how hard life can be; worked together with his parents and then argued with them because of their religious beliefs. Maas was always the "black sheep" of the family where no one wanted him to be a sportsman and yet, he went on to become a professional cyclist. For him to compete is not just pedaling, it is adding minutes to a life full of adventures.

Death knocked his door several times but did not know Maas was hiding in a place called: dood gaan zonder sterven,"To die without dying".

Melanoma, often called black cancer, touched his body twice, but he felt undeterred and fought for his life with the same energy he employed to win a race on a tandem bike with a blindman as his partner. The same enthusiasm he uses to run everyday to El Alto at 4,600m above sea level with a backpack fillled with 20kg of stones.

He lives like a monk to give inspiration and power in hard times.

Maas has not only physical strength. He has also made several inventions in benefit of cycling, one of his most important contributions is the oval chainwheel he will use to break the World Hour Record. Proval brand, which he manages, is pioneer in this type of chainwheels.

www.provalbike.com

And one day he decided to leave to the high peaks of Bolivia to improve his performance and to attack the World Hour Record. Conditions were ideal for training to meet Maas´ demands: hiking three kilometers long and over 400 meters in altitude up to three times a day and cycling 37km to reach Chacaltaya´s summit over 5,400 meters above sea level. According to Maas, the only negative aspect of his training in La Paz, was the terrible shape of the Velodrome. A quick decision had to be made, he decided to go to Aguascalientes, Mexico, home of the fastest velodrome in the world.

It's not any record at all, Mathias Brandle was the last one to break the World Hour Record at 25 years old... Maas could be his grandfather...

What do we need?

With your support we will be able to follow Maas to Aguascalientes, Mexico and finish filming this life experience that will inspire many people fighting for their lives. The money raised will help us pay for our flight tickets and stay in Aguascalientes.

And, who are we?

Carlos Teran is a sports journalist and founder of the digital magazine late.com.bo in Bolivia. He worked in sports marketing and is currently a consultant in strategic communications. Passionate about sports in general.

Luis Velasco, filmmaker and founder of Amuki, an independent production company. He made several short films, fiction and documentary, as well as commercial spots and videoclips. On 2012, he won a scholarship to make a documentary on Papua New Guinea´s indigenous people.

PrOval Bike Components – Ovale Tandwielen – Non Circulair Chainrings PrOval ovale tandwielen

www.provalbike.com

Risks and challenges

The major risk for us is not to reach Aguascalientes and cannot film Maas attempt so we are preventing to lend some money to keep this dream alive. So the risk for you is that the film and the stuff cannot be on time before June, 2015.

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    This special package contains DVD "The Monk" a T-shirt, a hoodie and a autographed picture of Maas The Monk. And our eternal grateful.

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    In this special package of our sponsor, you receive a patented non-circular set of chainwheels, the DVD "The Monk" and a Proval hoodie.

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