The sensation of Austrian cycling, the videos of which made it a huge success on Instagram and YouTube, pedaled furiously during the lockout.
While he previously used railings and walls in cities around the world for his stunts, the 24-year-old makes the most of what he has at home for his videos.
His “Home Office” video, which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times in a day and now has more than seven million views, involves Wibmer performing tricks all around his house using household appliances and equipment sports as accessories.
“We really, really appreciated it because we had a rhythm, a bit like a mission to do something and we found our passion at that time.
“I think the whole team was super happy to be in such a situation where we can still do something at home rather than sitting at home and watching Netflix or whatever.”
Adapting to the environment
Wibmer started to climb when he was six and traveled all over the world to film stunts from the streets of Paris and Hamburg to Tenerife and Vancouver.
Given this global way of life, being told that he had to stay at home in Austria was “super crazy” for Wibmer.
“I was there with my roommates and then we just thought,” Well, let’s take advantage and try to be creative and do something. “And so I had to bring my street and mountain bike playground to my home.”
“For a guy like me, I used to play outside on my bike and cycle everywhere else, but not at home. I didn’t really know what to do at first because I usually don’t ride not at home . ”
Even for someone as experienced as Wibmer, some of the stunts in the video have taken many attempts to perfect themselves.
Wibmer says he tried basketball, where he uses the rear wheel of his bike to hit the ball in the hoop, about “600 times”.
“I think out of those 600 tries we had, maybe 10 tries went in that direction, but they are definitely not in the basket.
“I mean we weren’t really stressed, so it was actually colder. It took us about four or five weeks in total to get it all.”
Its rise 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 children, which is really cool,” says Wibmer.
“The bike nation is always able to reach and inspire so many people. It’s really cool and really motivates and excites me for every video.”