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Tour of Sweden (via bike parks)

July 31, 2017

This summer my friend and partner with Focus Camps , Elin Nilsson and I had planned to head north to Levi, Finland for a bike camp we were organizing. When plans changed we decided to stick to Sweden and explore some of the other bike parks within 6 hours of Are, Sweden.

 

First up was Högbo Bike Arena, we have a camp there this fall with Inspire Us and we decided a location scout was in order before the camp. We met up with a few friends there, one of them being Aline Bock whom is travelling Europe in a van for the next 6 months! You can follow her journey here: #alinevanlifeaction. The bike arena was much more than any of us expected. A huge trail network with varying levels of difficulty and a skills center. The perfect spot to host an XC camp or just go and spend the day riding! I know Elin and I are looking forward to heading back there this September.

 Next up was a two hour drive to Järvsö Bike Park. With the exception of Aline we had all been to Järvsö before so we knew it was going to be a good time. If you are looking for some DH action Järvsö is definitely one of the best parks in Sweden to head to. It had been a few years since I made it in that direction and two days at the park was perfect! This park is a place for all abilities, machine built trails for beginners and the elite with a few technical trails for those looking for a bit of a challenge. It's not a very large mountain so you manage to not get too worn out after a lap which means you should have enough energy to test out the whole bike park in a day if you're willing.

 

 Gesunda Bike Park was next on the schedule. I had also been here previously but it was for an Enduro race so I didn't really get to explore the park. I had fun during the race but if I was being honest here Gesunda wasn't originally at the top of my list for places to explore. It was another 2.5 hours from Järvsö so a relatively quick trip. I'd say Gesunda is not as well known as some of the other bike parks in Sweden like Are Bike Park and Järvsö bike park but it certainly is now on the top of my list. At the moment there are not too many beginner trails but I hear they have already started to work on fixing some easier trails. However the DH tracks are in my opinion challenging and so much fun! Here you'll find some machine built tracks but more natural, technical tracks which I really love. It works with an Enduro bike but I hope to head there with my DH bike one of these days. Gesunda was a pleasant surprise!

 

 Our last stop on the trip was to Idre Fjäll. I had heard about this place before but it wasn't really on my radar. Our friend Gustav had just moved there last fall and seeing that it was only a few hours from Gesunda we thought we'd give it a look.  Idre had really put a lot of work into their bike park over the past few years. They've got a ton of family friendly machine built tracks and a fantastic skills area. I thought it was so cool to see all the families out there with the next generation of little shredders! If you are looking for lift access riding that is also family friendly Idre should be at the top of your list! Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean it's boring our group had a great day at Idre Fjäll bike park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After another four hours of driving we found our way back home to Åre, Sweden. Which if you're reading this chances are you've already seen my images from Are Bike Park. It's hard to beat the variety you can find here. From almost a 1,000 meters of lift access riding to multiple areas with amazing XC terrain, there is obviously a reason why we call Åre home.

 

 

 

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