Callum Jelley reports from the Åre Bike Festival
Scandinavia Video Challenge showcases Sweden’s biggest MTB resort
A short flight to Trondheim in Norway or Stockholm in Sweden followed by a two- or five hour drive, depending on which of entry you choose, will have you arriving in the beautiful mountain town of Åre.
Sat on the banks of a deep lake with mountains protruding from every side, Åre is Scandinavia’s premier ski resort in the winter and rapidly become a most-visit destination for mountain bikers in the summer. It’s not hard to see why.
The festival, held annually in, is Scandinavia’s biggest celebration of mountain biking and brings international mountain bike stars such as Martin Soderstrom, Mattias Fredriksson, Darcy Turenne and Matti Lehikoinen.
Part of the festival is the Scandianavian Video Challenge, gave six teams six days to make a six-minute mountain bike film shot in and around the Åre Bike Park.
My team included: Jenny Liljegren, a born and raised Åre ripper for Scott Bikes; Katrina Stand, famous ex World Cup racer from Whistler Canada; and Katie Holden, an American freerider who used to race World Cups but now travels the world with her Giant bike (I mean the brand not a ‘giant’ bike, they are hard enough to travel with already).
Although we were pipped to the post by Norwegian racers with a slow-mo camera, we had an amazing week and I would recommend anyone thinking of going back to Les Gets or Morzine this summer to first look into Åre.
With its incredible trails, wonderful Swedish hospitality, beautiful women (and men), great food and delicious beer, Åre should be on your list of places to go ride your bike.
Enjoy the film and look out for the feature stories from Scandinavia in MBUK soon.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 2:33 pm and is filed under Blog, Features, Mountain Biking Uk. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Tags: Åre Bike Festival, Åre Bike park, Darcy Turenne, giant bikes, Jenny Liljegren, Katie Holden, Katrina Stand, martin soderstrom, Matti Lehikoinen, Mattias Fredriksson, MBUK, norway, Scandianavian Video Challenge, Scott, sweden, video challenge