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Callum Jelley reports from the Åre Bike Festival

| Blog, Features, Mountain Biking Uk | 09/07/2013 14:33pm

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.

During a recent feature trip around Scandinavia for Mountain Biking UK, I participated in the Scandinavian Video Challenge, part of the Åre Bike Festival.

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.

Vino Velo – Scandinavian Video Challenge from Token Creative on Vimeo.

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