OCEAN TO HEAVEN
The most difficult gravel bike ride in the world
Montreal cyclist and Youtuber Charles Ouimet presents his very first feature film. In his first film, the elite Canadian cyclist documented the ascent by bike on the world’s most difficult gravel road. At 28, he embarked on an extraordinary adventure by setting himself the goal of climbing the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii, also known as The Impossible Route. This makes him the third person in the world to achieve this feat after The Vegan Cyclist & Jeremiah Bishop. The movie trailer posted on November 8th has already passed 15 000 views.
The paved road from sea level to the top of the volcano, with an altitude of 4,200 meters and a total distance of 68km, is considered one of the ten most difficult roads in the world. Charles opted for the alternative gravel road in order to add 600m of elevation and 41 kilometers, for a grand total of 109km and 4800m of elevation.
As a former professional downhill skateboarder (longboard) racing on the world cup from 2012-2016, Charles Ouimet discovered cycling in 2016 and has been passionate about it ever since. Now an elite Quebec cyclist, he started his YouTube channel in 2020 to share his adventures and experiences as well as to document his unconventional journey that led him to become a full-time cyclist, without joining the pro peloton.
Charles Ouimet alone carried the whole production of the feature film OCEAN TO HEAVEN and its distribution. Accompanied by a cameraman, a driver, a nutritionist, and guide (Chris DeMarchi from Hawaii Epic Cycling) that he was able to achieve this feat. OCEAN TO HEAVEN will be distributed on its own YouTube channel, as its 17,500 subscribers eagerly await the film’s release.
Film release: November 19
Sources: Hardest Climb in The World & Toughest Climb
Details of the Strava climb: 110 kilometers, 4,800 meters of elevation gain in 11h39 minutes
The movie trailer: HERE
Extra content (Photos & poster): HERE