56 Miles Per Hour is a speed that I am very familiar with. The top speed of my old van (on the flat, on a good day), apparently great for the old fuel consumption (important to someone with fists as tight as mine), and a figure that I once again became very familiar with this past summer.
This was my favourite roadtrip of 2010, perhaps the most memorable ever; a 2 week trek around Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Many thousand miles of tarmac, several Elk spottings and a great crew of 5 equally grubby bike riders.. All at 56MPH in a 1976 VW camper.
We trundled up to the Maxi Avalanche race in Are (Sweden) - an incredible part of the world and the craziest bike race I have ever been in! Racing started on a lunar landscape, plummeted through the high pastures and finished by pounding through the rock infested singletrack of the lower slopes, all bar to bar with several hundred other hooligans.
howies’ winter 2009 catalogue claimed Sweden as ‘Super Nice’. Believe me, the words are true! Inspired by the countryside, the cool wheels and the nutty racing, I'll be back for more in 2011 no doubt about it.
For a little flashback to summer and to sign yourself up for one of the best mountain bike races on the planet, check out: www.avalanchecup.com.
Thanks to the MaxiAvalanche organisers for putting on such a great event and helping us get the van started.. And HI5! to Riders Refuge, Kingdom Bike, Shinny Racing and of course howies.
Photo by Chris@kingdombike.com