Velkommen til Hafjell - DH World Cup 5 - Norway

Sep 12, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
They know what they re doing here at Hafjell bikepark. The tracks have super flow and the jumps are perfectly crafted...it s a mini Whistler in the making. Come check it.
  Door to Norwhere. They know what they're doing here at Hafjell bikepark. The tracks have super flow and the jumps are perfectly crafted... You should come check it if you're bored of the usual Euro action in Portes du Soleil.

  Norway is all about fjords ...but that definitely looks like the Loch Ness monster.

Lakes mountains and cute little houses. Welcome to viking country.
  Lakes, mountains and cute little houses. Welcome to Viking country.

Hafjell Norway where not only do you have to mow the lawn you have to mow the roof.
  Hafjell, a curious place where not only do you have to mow the lawn, you have to mow the roof.

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  A pint is about 9 euros... so who do you have to murder to pay for a car like that?

Mustache Massacre back for a second killing. With no major changes to the course Stevie has only gotten faster between now and then...
  On the subject, the Mustache Massacre is back for a second killing. Stevie's only gotten faster since his Norwegian blitzing last year ...

Fitzy can sure make your fork feel like warm butter on toast but can t guarantee that the stickers go back on straight.
  Fitzy can sure make your fork feel like warm butter on toast, but can't guarantee that the stickers go back on straight.

This is Scanadinavia so you gotta have a hat. If you re junior world champ then you gotta have a hat with rainbow stripes.
  This is Scandinavia so you gotta have a hat. If you're junior world champ then you gotta have a hat with the rainbow stripes.

bigquotesThere haven't been many changes since last year, but I really it enjoyed it and got on well with it then. I'm happy they haven't done much to it to be honest! The jumps are really well made at the top, but actually they're a bit small for the speed you ride so I'll be a bit worried sprinting into them haha. The rock sections are real gnarly just because there's no straight line through. You can end up all over the place- it's actually where I crashed last year... They can be hard to get on with! - Tahnee Seagrave, FMD Racing

Where it all starts. Simplicity of Scandinavian design at one with it s surroundings. Then Things get rowdy.
  Where it all starts. Simplicity of Scandinavian design, at one with its surroundings. Then things get rowdy.

Perfectly groomed....
  To infinity...

The magnate of whip Bernado Cruz is looking forward to the burly scando jumps on offer.
  Brazilian whip magnate, Bernado Cruz, is looking forward to all the burly Scando jumps on offer.

We will do our best to take pictures on other parts of the course over the week.
  We will do our best to take pictures on some other parts of the course over the week.

Micayla Gatto sketching her way down the course.
  Micayla Gatto sketching her way down the course... as you do.

Track walk figures.
  Anonymous track walk figures.

Nothing looks more bizarre than ski infrastructure on sun baked earth.
  Nothing looks more bizarre than ski infrastructure on sun baked earth. OK, except gardens on the roof.

Kintner keeping limber before practice starts no doubt she will be looking to move up in the rankings now that she is in the top ten.
  Kintner keeping limber before practice starts, she will be looking to move up in the rankings now that she is in the top ten.

The largely smooth open sections are interrupted by plenty of gnar in the dark of the trees.
  The largely smooth open sections are interrupted by plenty of gnar in the dark of the trees.

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  Granite punishment aplenty.

Translation Warning- if you find yourself face first into this warning label you re not doing it right
  Translation: Warning- if you find yourself face first into this warning label, you're not doing it right!

The Champ checks out his line while onlookers try and figure out what he s thinking.
  The Champ checks out his line while onlookers try to read his rainbow thoughts.

It s looking much like fall in the woods where Gnomes and Trolls are still believed to roam.
  It's looking much like fall in the woods where gnomes and trolls are still believed to roam.

The Evil Vengeance guys going for a tour.
  The Evil Vengeance guys on a tour of the high speed berms halfway down.

Dusty as you like...for now. The forescast is offering fog rain and possible snow by the weekend. Hold tight.
  Dusty as you like...for now. The forecast is offering fog, rain and possible snow by the weekend. Hold tight.

If the weather forecast for the weekend is right not even those spike tires inspired cuts will be much of a help.
  In that eventuality, not even these 'spike tire inspired' cuts will be much of a help.

Sic Mic looking to keep the momentum of Worlds up here in Hafjell.
  Sic Mic looking to keep the momentum of Worlds up here in Hafjell, rain or shine.

Some riding has been done already in a last couple of days but most of the big guns haven t showed yet.
  Some riding has been done already in a last couple of days, but a lot of the big guns haven't showed yet.

 This line has my name written all over it. Tracey Hannah marking her territory.
  "This line has my name written all over it." Tracey Hannah marking her territory without getting too animalistic.

Weavin through..
  Weavin' through the carnage is the game.

Paris and Micayla doing a little track side yoga.
  Paris and Micayla doing a little track side yoga. Yeah we wrote the caption so you don't have to make your own.

Only the new feature of the course from last year. Bridge to terabithia
  Bridge to Terabithia...the only new feature of the course from last year.

Rat Boy contemplating how Norwegian this barn is..
  Rat Boy contemplating how Norwegian this barn is... It's pronounced 'Hakkespettlaven or something Josh...' ah never-mind the North Americans can't understand you anyway.

Never saw that translation coming...
  Never saw that translation coming... So Norway.



69 Comments

  • + 57
 Come on sam hill
  • + 44
 "Paris and Micayla doing a little track side yoga. Yeah we wrote the caption so you don't have to make your own."

Ahahah you gotta love these captions!
  • + 31
 and that art!!
  • + 23
 No sh!t. Gatto can illustrate. Time for a graphic novel series about mountain bike heroines?
  • - 2
 No she is super fine
  • + 16
 surprised TLD hasn't snapped up her arty talents to bring some real art to his product lines
  • + 26
 I hear if you eat the mushroom the line through the gnar will be revealed....
  • + 1
 Yeah,we have those in our country.They're not eatable...
  • + 27
 Stevie smith ftw again!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 Hell ya Stevie's got a lot of fire built up from worlds. He's gonna kill it
  • + 8
 hope it snows......
  • + 3
 if it's snow smith won't be in an unknown feeling like Minaar !
  • + 7
 Minaar's been around for over a decade, he knows what it'd be like to race in snow, mud, pouring rain. At that point they all gotta keep their eye on Hart, IMO.
  • + 16
 You can all have Emily Batty. I'll take Micayla.
  • + 3
 Heads up Kat, Gatto races marathon XC and in full XC kit. Was lined up behind her at the Nimby50. No one gets WC fast from just sittin' on a chair for 10 mins at time doing laps, but the park builds skills, for sure.
  • - 1
 and she is taken... I am a very luck dude!
  • + 13
 Sad to hear Gwin won't be racing due to his shoulder injury from worlds. Just not his year.
  • + 18
 Trek hired a witch doctor.
  • + 8
 When as an old man Stevie looks back at his glory days and see's that mustache - he's so gonna say to himself "what the hell was I thinking"
  • + 21
 That's the beauty of being in the moment. Rock the stache, Mr. Smith!
  • + 2
 amen ^^
  • + 1
 im in tooo !
  • + 7
 I bet he'll have a Gandalf beard when he's older and it'll be fucking awesome.
  • + 1
 when he looks back at his glory days he's gonna say he rocked it with that stash. it's only bad if it doesn't work on the bike for him, right? in which case, i don't see him grabbing a razor anytime soon!
  • + 3
 Actual handlebar stache, the length of his bars. The whole 780mm (or something) of facial fur. Get growing Stevie!
  • + 2
 Nice dress Gandalf!
  • + 9
 I want to ride those jumps, and do yoga with Micayla Smile
  • + 8
 I'm dying for Hannah to take a win this year.
  • + 8
 Smells like the massacre is about to happen !
  • + 16
 I think that's bacon, actually.
  • + 7
 Come on ratboy!
  • + 5
 Kovarik is at the race. I can't say for sure will win, but I predict he will drift the whole damn course.
  • + 3
 Really? He's racing this one? Nice.
  • + 4
 He went there to get drunk thats all...
  • + 2
 Sik Mik is Sik of Second by under a second and Minnaar hasn't won a WC yet and certainly Gee isn't about to hand his No 1 plate over. And this could be Sam's kind of Hll. And Stevies mustache just gets bigger all the time. Not to mention it's gonna rain Sunday and that'll have Danny smiling
  • + 6
 yep a revenge of the hart would be great with snow
  • + 1
 Hart attack
  • + 6
 smith, hannah, hill
  • + 2
 Yeah Sammy hang it out and pin it to win it, last race of year no point trying to fook spiders! Mowing get a goat, no crappping and grass is always kept mint, nice art and flexy legs!
  • + 7
 Second last race. One more in leogang after this.
  • + 4
 Gee is done Wink Stevie is overtaking him for the overall in these last 2 races!
  • + 0
 hopefullly !
  • + 1
 I'm new in following these World Cups, but how can it already be settled that Minnar is the winner? Does this race in Hafjell count for next seasons WC or what? I'm confused...
  • + 1
 The World Cup is a series of races. The World Championship is a single race. Results in either do not affect the other.
  • + 2
 "You should come check it if you're bored of the usual Euro action in Portes du Soleil." so true
  • + 1
 Sven and the boys @ Vital beware...these guys are killing it in their own way. Either way, us fans WIN!!!

Great pictorial, as usual - thanks!!!
  • + 1
 Funny how last time around before the race everyone on here was complaining about the motorway-style course... too smooth... easy... blah blah.
Where all them haters at now?
  • + 4
 Come on Gee!!!!
  • + 1
 yeah man! stevie doing a double would be cool but gee and cedric are pretty much my all time favourites that got me into riding so gotta root for them!
  • + 0
 Naaah Geeee forget it ! this track is for real ones ! C'mon Stevie ! C'mon SiK MiK ! .....Sam Hill please dont crash !
  • + 3
 dude gee ride red bull rampage, he finish on a podium in a DH race and at rampage the total DH biker
  • + 1
 I know man ! Im just trashing !
  • + 3
 Micayla has bigger arms then Paris! she must be epicly strong
  • + 1
 Paris is so strong mentally how can you resist to micayla when you've got her leg on your shoulder
  • + 1
 Micayla looks like Jay from Clerks......................where's silent Bob though?
  • + 3
 That goddamn moustache.
  • + 2
 Predictions. Predictions.. It's time for some MOUNTAIN VIKING baby!!
  • + 0
 So gutted about missing it this weekend, but the captions and photos almost make up for it... Almost. Please keep that footage coming, PB! Smile
  • + 3
 epic.
  • + 2
 I really want to scratch that tree with the knobbly bits.
  • + 2
 Last time I was in Norway they used the krone?
  • + 2
 This is going to be an awesome race!
  • + 1
 Well, I'd have thought roof riding was all good in Norway...
  • + 1
 FMD racing... Heh heh heh
  • + 1
 All money on Stevie
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