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One Week in Russia CHAD DEGROOT

August 25th, 2016
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One Week in Russia youtube 25min video, my story, tons of pics with captions, and instaVids so scroll down and enjoy.

One Week in Russia

Delta flights on August 15-22nd traveling Orlando-Amsterdam-Moscow-NYC-Orlando 12,080 miles in the air. Let me say the flights over we have preferred seats but the return was all business class and I can truly say it is a crazy difference. So huge to be upgraded and so many perks. Going into details would only scratch the surface as you just have to live it.

Flights were booked and paid for less than 24 hours before departure. Over 60 of us on-call and on edge. But its pretty unanimous we all wanted to have this experience that most people will never have. Didn’t know till the end that our full tickets were not set till almost the last day. Which means all of us might be stuck or having to book new tickets to get home. It all worked out but not without some stress.

Huge get together in another part of the world. Rain and other reasons the event was cancelled. But we all made the best of it. Only 40 minute Uber ride to the city center or Red Square. Miles of walking each time but worth seeing Gorky park, all the architecture, and shopping along with eating and drinking.

Red Square free day today. Uber style to get there. Huge crew so this is going to be interesting. We all could hang out anywhere but we are in Russia. Huge get together in another part of the world. Since we had a few tour guides we went off the beaten path and went to The State Tretyakov gallery seeing a painting from 1694 and newer and also art and sculptures. More info on this place: Pavel Tretyakov started collecting art in the middle of 1850. The founding year of the Tretyakov Gallery is considered to be 1856, when Tretyakov purchased two paintings of Russian artists: Temptation by N.G. Schilder and Skirmish with Finnish Smugglers by V.G. Kudyakov, although earlier, in 1854-1855, he had bought 11 graphic sheets and 9 pictures of old Dutch masters. In 1867 the Moscow City Gallery of Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov was opened. The Gallery’s collection consisted of 1,276 paintings, 471 sculptures and 10 drawings of Russian artists, as well as 84 paintings by foreign masters.

There is a template to the Russian women here. Same size and same look. Very nice and beautiful. Kinda nice and refreshing old people you do not see much of. Russian men are funny with an anger look and shaved heads. Not a whole lot of style to the men but women dress up.

I’m the first to say that my ego is big but it should be. Why can’t I be proud and say it loud. That word alone might need a little more looking into. Maybe I didn’t before I’m going on this rant but life is how you make it. Situations and friends make you stronger and who you are. Dealing with hard times always leads to thinking about better times. But are they really hard or hard in your mind. This could be way worse. Flying in an Airbus is pretty fucking dope. My ego is at an all time high. But it’s rubbing off on the people around me to get that natural high. Follow me here:

Follow me on snapchat CHADISRADASADAD  and Instagram @chaddegroot and know my Facebook is blowing up and updated often.  Thank you to: Dave Brumlow for the invite and always good times, Clay Brown my roommate and partner in crimes while in Russia, Konstantine and Sashi or Aleksandr for so many rides and tour guides plus amazing riders and just straight up good people, Delta for letting me travel and get 230k miles and a sweet upgrade to business class. DecoBMX, Profile Racing, Vans, Mr B’s, #decobmx #profileracing #profileZcoaster #bmx #wheremybiketookme #flatland #russia #russianxchallenge #karaoke ALSO go follow the crew in this @davebrumlow @kylenoble @clayer72 @vanderhoman @chaddegroot @brockfloca @tjellis_ @renoldsfiend @marklosey @davebrumlow @mikehucker @colinlikewhat @tymoe @_sun_say_ @koshtrik @fnd_bob @dennisenarson @chadkerley @brunohoffmann @patcaseybmx @seanricany @kevinperaza

This video is just over 25 minutes long and based off my accounts on snapchat and a bit of riding. Did not plan on making a full video but its really hard to cut much out. Maybe sit back and open your mind and enjoy this as we all did…One Week in Russia –Chad D

 

Architecture is pretty amazing in Red Square almost Disney like.

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This crew is pretty nuts.

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Kremlin. We did not go inside cause the lines were so long but we should have.

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Red Square is pretty dope. Great people watching. These buildings were all government years ago but recent years they are offices and more.

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Must have gotten in trouble, take off his head.

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This place never got old. We went into the city center 4 of the 7 days of this trip.

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Behind this fountain is a smooth area that is pretty famous flatland area. Van and me decided to get grass dresses and take this pic, non stop comedy.

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Amazing looking buildings everywhere. Even better at night.

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Fluffy flowers outside of the Kremlin where Tom Cruise is as you read this.

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The tight vert ramp in the middle of the park across from our hotel.

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Getting in a session at the park. Spreading my wings and enjoying the cool weather. Thanks Losey for the pic.

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Back wheel boogie by Mark Losey.

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Flatrails pollute every city. They are everywhere. Clay hits one with a great backdrop.

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Decade in front of this church. Look at all that gold.

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Losey wanted to look awesome for this lawn mower, pretty sure he did it correct?

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Thought this area looked cool so I cruised around on the seat for the snap by Losey.

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Losey is color blind and he is missing out on the vivid buildings and my bright red set up.  Pic by Losey.

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X Challenge area, look at the mega ramp and tanks everywhere. Sucks it didn’t happen.

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Check out my videos below riding in front of this…its insanely huge.

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Not sure why there is a cat but I get the solider with the rifle and the military helicopter in the background. Meow.

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Follow @thelittlemotherfucker on instagram to see where this middle finger red gnome gets in to.

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5 or 6 am is beautiful in Moscow…party all night till the sun comes up.

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Red Square at night.

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Found this gem at the toy store…had to buy it.

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Konstantine is an awesome rider for Haro and Profile Racing. Check his vids below as he is so dialed. He also showed us around Moscow and more. Check the whole video above.

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The restroom or Water Closet symbols.

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Van woke up late and almost missed the plane home. Brushing his teeth at the airport and made it on his flight.

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Chilling heel tuck no hander in circle.

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Business class is so crazy better than in the back…got it…lived it.

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Business Class style…shocka.

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Delta TRASHED my bike bag. Broke the wheel off and slashed the bottom. They were super nice and cut me a check so I am going to order a new one.

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Here are my instavids that I posted up:

Lil decade action next to some Russian tanks. #profileracing #decobmx #profilezcoaster #bmx

A video posted by Chad DeGroot (@chaddegroot) on

@koshtrik killing it for @profile_racing and @harobmx #russia

A video posted by Chad DeGroot (@chaddegroot) on

 

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