Watch Richard 'Gaspi' Gasperotti climb and descend a volcano in his latest MTB film, WHY?

Richard Gasperotti riding down Mount Etna on his Mondraker Superfoxy
(Image credit: Miloš Štáfek)

Richard 'Gaspi' Gasperotti has a long and varied list of epic achievements on two wheels. The Mondraker ambassador has competed in Red Bull Rampage, four times, was a member of the Flowriders team and performed his skills in the mountain bike touring event, Flowshow. Has raced various disciplines from cross-country mountain biking to downhill mountain biking and participated in Crankworx and Adidas Slopestyle events.

He's even descended insanely steep slopes of an open surface coal mine in his film 'Legal Deeper', attempted two-wheel speed records being towed by a motorbike and ridden all over the globe from Taiwan to Mongolia.

Gasperotti crashing on Mount Etna

Gasperotti is used to uncertain and sketchy descents (Image credit: Miloš Štáfek)

Despite his Italian name, Gasperotti is born, raised and lives in the Czech Republic, where his focus is more on journeys and adventures than sending it off huge cliffs or trying to break speed records.

However, for 'Gaspi' some things are too tempting to ignore, like his latest film WHY? where Richard climbs Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and then descends it flat out pushing his Mondraker Superfoxy to the max.  

Richard Gasperotti riding down Mount Etna on a Mondraker Superfoxy mountain bike

Rapid descent on Mount Etna's black ash (Image credit: Miloš Štáfek)

The film shows Richard starting from 1,800m at Piano Provenzana and climbing mostly with his Superfoxy on his back to 3,303m. Once he reached the top, the 'type two' fun began as headed down what can only be described as a very uncertain and sketchy descent.

Richard Gasperotti climbing up Mount Etna with his Mondraker Superfoxy mountain bike

Climbing Mount Etna involved a lot of hike-a-bike (Image credit: Miloš Štáfek)

But why? Why climb to the top of any volcano, never mind one of the most active in Europe?

"Why not? Sometimes if there’s something you want to do, you should just do it, period" Gaspi explains. "This isn’t just a film about overcoming hurdles and proving that you don’t need a reason for everything you do, like climbing a volcano and then riding back down on my Superfoxy. If with this video we manage to get just one person inspired and off the sofa, then that will have made everything we’ve done worthwhile."

Richard Gasperotti riding down Mount Etna on a Mondraker Superfoxy mountain bike

Breathtaking views on Europes highest active volcano (Image credit: Miloš Štáfek)

WHY? is available to watch on YouTube or right here by clicking on the box below.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm