Vasya Lukyanenko is a BMX rider from Ukraine. Vasya recently took to the road in his home country to ride some stunning spots, and the result was not only a trip to remember, but some stunning photographs from around Western Ukraine.
Words by Vasya Lukyanenko / Photographs by Sergey Ilyin
The idea for our trip came up at the beginning of the year, when I watched a video that showed a lot of the attractions in Western Ukraine and what makes us proud of the country.
I thought it would be interesting to do a project that brought BMX to some significant places in the country. I put together a list of eight places where no one has ever ridden in Ukraine. In the list were four castles, a monument to the dead loop by Pyotr Nesterov [an aerobatic flight move first completed by the Ukrainian pilot] and an arch-bridge in the village of Plebanovka as well as a couple other stops.
All the spots and the idea of riding them got the interest of photographer Sergey Ilyin and we started preparation, eventually setting off.