Back from the trials jam in Denmark

The trials jam in Viborg, Denmark was awesome. Lots of riders, the best indoor place available and good vibes. It was just a beautiful event, which I’m really happy I participated at. Hopefully this trials jam becomes a tradition, it’s something myself and probably all other participants want to do again. Thanks to Ole and Trialaction for organizing such a cool event!

We were five riders from Norway, and we checked in to the best hotel Viborg has to offer: the floor at Southern School’s gym. Real ghetto style, but at the same time very organic and real. I liked it! We arrived Thursday night and went back to Norway super early Sunday morning. We got four trials sessions and even two group yoga workouts. Didn’t expect the other Norwegians to join, but they did. Future yoga gurus all of them!

Denmark has a lot of up and coming riders, which really have the potential of becoming great riders. And of course they already have one great rider in Jonas B. Kristiansen. From Sweden there were several riders, fronted by big moves machine Joacim Nymann. From the UK, top riders Andrei Burton and Dave Kerr were present among others, and multi mega champion Abel Mustieles was of course the headliner. Always great learning to ride with such gifted  athletes even though I can’t quite keep up with some of their bigger moves.

Jesper Lykke shot some photos from the trials jam, which I put below. And, expect to see a video coming up anytime soon, me and Joachim filmed quite a lot.

Me prepping for a jump:

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Joachim in action:
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Where the trials jam happened, best indoor I’ve ever ridden:
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Nymann with his game face:
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Me jumping somewhere:
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Lots of riders at the trials jam:
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Even always smiles when riding, Vetle thinking about food I guess:
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Right on time

Being a professional athlete, I focus a lot on the time. I have to make my own schedule every day, I log how many hours I practice, I do my intervals on time and so on. That’s why it’s great to work with Suunto, it makes it so much easier being right on time all the time.

I’ve been working together with Suunto for three years now, and yesterday I got some new pieces. Super psyched on the quality and functionality. I feel we progress together. Suunto launched their first Ambit watch in 2012, and I got mine in 2013. Seeing the improvements from Ambit2 to the Ambit3 Peak, which I received yesterday, is truly impressive.

I was also fortunate to get the new Essential Collection watch, which is stunning! Finally a watch I can wear when I’m trying to look classy!

Today me, Mads and Joachim went to Kongsberg and Rippit Actionsport Center. Still a bit of snow there, but the riding was great nonetheless. Really happy with how I’m progressing at the moment, I was a bit worried a few weeks ago.

The Ambit3 Peak telling me I should relax for 36 hours:

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Suunto Essential Collection:

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Mads focusing on riding the log:

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The GT bike enjoying some sunshine:

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Snow is gone, trials is on

The 30 cm of snow we received last week forced us to skip some riding. Fortunately it disappeared in no time, and wer’re now back to trials mode again. The joy of outdoor riding is just increasing, I have never had more fun riding natural trials. Maybe because we have one of the best spots here in Oslo?

Yesterday Mads Lexander arrived. He is staying here a few days before we go to Denmark for the trials jam in the weekend. Rode some street in the morning, and natural with Erik in the afternoon. Despite going to the gym yesterday, I was feeling great all day. Seems strange how recovery and form fluctuates with you having no idea how to influence it. The body is a mystery for sure. Lol!

Looking forward to show you guys the new watches I picked up at Suunto today. They are the tits! So happy to work with such an awesome brand. More on that tomorrow.

Some random shot from the last couple of rides you’ll find below. Follow me on Instagram for a daily dose of trials riding pictures.

Me and Erik walking our bikes:

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Ugly gap in Skullerud when riding with Joachim:

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Mads and Erik preparing for riding:

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The mountain goats in the woods:

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Here’s two short clips I published at Instagram from today’s street ride:

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I wanna go travelling with my Evoc stuff

I have been working together with Evoc since early 2011. That’s the year I got my first Evoc bike travel bag. Fast forward four years, and the same bag is still holding up perfectly. But, when Evoc recently released a new refined and lighter bike travel bag (Pro version), I had to try it.

Now all I wanna do is to go travelling with my Evoc stuff. Along with the new bike travel bag, I got a few other awesome pieces of quality gear. The new Rover Trolley, a Two Wheel Bag and some other stuff. It all adds up to a pretty big collection of bags, all of them still in perfect shape. None of them are torn apart or severely damaged. Just the usual wear you can expect from travelling by airplane and frequent use.

I haven’t unboxed the bike travel bag yet. Limited space in our flat, so I just need to sort that out first:

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The Evoc Rover Trolley. 80 L volume and plenty of smart solutions:

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This week started totally fantastic, but ended the worst way. At Tuesday I was riding in shorts, and both Monday and Wednesday we had some great natural trials session. But, when I woke up yesterday morning, it was 30 cm of snow outside. It has melted a lot already, unfortunately not enough for riding. So I had to reschedule my workouts, and go indoor. A bit bummed, as the riding is great at the moment. Hopefully it melts away over the weekend.

Pretty happy with this shot, as it was unintentional. Blurry and abstract, just as my mind is when I can’t go riding. Setting up the phone for some video analysis of my deadlift technique, accidentally hitting the shutter button. Haha:

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Erik, the bikes and my Evoc backpack enjoying some natural riding before the snow:

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The best trials park in Norway

Just got back from a day at Rippit Actionsport Center. Me and Joachim have been working on finishing the indoor, and we cleaned up the whole place. It’s starting to look quite good.

But, my main goal for the day, was to try the magnificent trials park we built last summer. Because we built it for the last competition of the season, I haven’t been riding there besides the races. And it’s so awesome, no doubt the best trials park in Norway.

The park currently consists of five different zone, one with railway sleepers, one with rocks, one with concrete pipes, one with logs and one with tires and cable spools. It’s still not finished, and we’re going to build even more with the sleepers, add more logs and tires.

August 2nd to 5th I’m hosting Fjordtrial at this exact place, and we’re also organizing two Norwegian cups there this season. Probably in August or September. So if you’re interested in trying out the place, save the dates (I know, the NC dates are missing. Stay tuned).

Shot a few photos on my new and awesome Samsung Note 4. Unfortunately I was mostly busy riding, so this is all I got.

Another day riding trials with a saddle. Today it was actually hindering me in a few sidehops, so I need to get it a bit lower.But, the bike is performing super good, I’m so satisfied:
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Joachim completing a technical line:
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Joachim making sure Petter doing it right:
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Riding trials with a saddle

Today I rode pure, natural trials with a saddle. Last time I did that must have been more than 10 years ago (on my first trials bike). Rode an old school mini seat today, but I might change it for a pivotal saddle when I’m in the mood.

Even though the saddle and seat post weighs around 400 grams, it was no problem. It wasn’t even in the way for any technique I executed. If I manage to shed off some weight from the seat setup, I’m almost considering to ride a few races with it.

The spot I was riding today I haven’t been to in a looong time. I had forgotten how many tricky and technical lines you could find there. And there’s plenty of big stuff too, some of it I haven’t even done yet.

I’m continuing the testing of my new GT bike to find the perfect setup. The stem/handlebar is close to perfect after I removed a spacer below the stem. Tiny changes make a big difference. And I’m experiencing with tire pressure for my Vee Tires. Riding new and lighter tires demand different pressure to what I’m used too. They perform great with a higher pressure. Stable, yet quick and grippy.

Some might dislike the mini seat, but to me there is a lot of nostalgia to it. Here I put it as high as possible for my transportation to the spot.

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Lots of rocks, 100% natural:

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