The last couple of weeks have been busy. Or, at least I have been prioritizing other stuff than blogging. Most often I end up with shooting a few photos from a ride or something, and then forgetting about them. I guess I must get back in the flow.
I guess it’s not especially intelligent to blog about the weather. That’s just boring stuff. But, the last couple of days in Oslo have been above the normal. Like summer at its hottest. That did of course result in a whole lot of riding.
Yesterday me and Joachim had probably THE BEST trials ride since 1990. My favorite natural spot in Norway, the Death Man Cave (we learnt a new name for the place by a local yesterday), has a lot of lines. Most of them are established by me, some of them really hard. But, there was this one line I tried a couple of years ago together with TRA, and I couldn’t do it. Super bumpy uphill run-up, resulting in a uphill take-off to a big, scary rock. Really, really hard. I have thought about it as impossible, not tried it more than once since 2013. But, me and Joachim was filming, and I had to try it.
We had a intense battle, where we implicitly challenge each other, trying hard to be the first to complete the obstacle. Yesterday I was first, and the feeling was amazing. On top of this, we even established a new line I found a few weeks ago, and completed another super hard line I established a long time ago.
What I love about trials riding in a natural environment, is that it isn’t all about just power and technique. It’s about finding the right pedal stroke, hitting the right line between tiny rocks, landing on the right formation on a strange looking rock and so on. You can’t learn natural trials riding in a trials park or in the gym. Every single line is different, every spot is unique.