Getting to Know The Viking - Brage Vestavik

Jan 20, 2018
by Harrison Fetter  
Photo used with permission from Mayhem Media.

Brage Vestavik
The average 18 year-old would be attending high school right about now, but not Brage Vestavik. The Viking is busy training for race season having recently joined the MS-Mondraker Development Program. When he's not out destroying berms, Brage rebuilds them being an avid trail builder and content creator. As a veteran of Red Bull Hard Line, it will be exciting to see what Brage brings to racing in the coming years.

Describe yourself

I'm an 18-year-old shred-Viking from Norway.

What's a shred-Viking?

I love shredding my bikes and my ancestors are Vikings from the North. And my dad and brother look like proper Vikings and I really hope one day I can grow a beard like them. At the moment I'm working hard on a moustache, haha. Also my name is an old Norse/Viking name.

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

Where are you from and where do you live?

I'm from Mysen, which is a small town about one hour east of Oslo. It was natural for me to be a downhill rider as I was born in the flattest area of Norway.

Who do you ride for?

MS-Mondraker Development Program, Fox, Dainese, Shimano, Renthal, DTswiss, Maxxis, SDG, and E-Thirteen. I'm really stoked to be a part of the new team.

Personal sponsors: Crankbrothers, Dacia Norge, Spy Optics, Leatt, Stance Socks, Douchebags, Allmountain Style, Huck Norris, Trysil Bike Arena, Eidsberg Sparebank, Concept 2 Norge.

What bikes are you riding right now?

I'm patiently waiting for my new bikes.

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

What are your strengths?

I'm always motivated and really love riding bikes and training above anything else. I would ride my bike just a much as I do now even if I did not do this for a living.

What are your weaknesses?

I do sometimes get hung up in the fun of shredding, which can affect my preparation for racing. #savetheberm

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

You were among the group of maniacs that rode at Red Bull Hardline this year. How was that?

Scary as hell, but insanely fun. The adrenaline rush I got there is second to none, but the nightmares of riding there start a month in advance. I felt really lucky to get picked out to ride one of the sickest courses in the world with some of the best riders out there. Thank you!

What was your favourite part of the Hardline course?

The cannonball step-down and the metal ramp that had the Jeep under it. The g-force and speed made me feel alive and close to death at the same time!

What’s been your worst crash over the years?

As a first-year junior, I over-jumped during the World Cup in Cairns and got two compression fractures in the vertebrae. Except for that, I broke my bike's headtube twice, once at The Fest Series - Hillbilly Huckfest in Ål and once during Red Bull Hardline in 2016. Both of those could have ended really badly, but I walked away from both of them.

Do you have any big projects or trips planned for 2018?

My main focus is racing all the World Cups in Europe.

How did you come up with the idea to start making '#B_Rage' Volumes?

I travel and experience a lot, besides, I love to edit, film and create things. It's almost like a meditation for me and I like to work on edits in between training and riding during off-season when I chill. With so much material on my phone and GoPro, I think its fun to share it with followers. Appreciate all the love!

Where’s your favourite place to ride?

Schladming, Austria and Trysil Bike Arena, Norway.

Who’s your favourite rider?

Steve Smith.

Who or what inspires you?

Matt Fraser and Gucci Mane.

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?

I use almost as much time building tracks in the local woods in Mysen as I do riding them. I really enjoy having a plan, executing it and being able to ride it in the end. I also love making bike-related content for social media.

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

What’s your favourite non-bike website?

I get a lot of inspiration for my content and workouts from watching motocross, skate and Crossfit edits on YouTube, so its easily my most frequently used website. I love to see when people put their heart and soul into something and it flows well.

What’s your favourite motto or saying?

'Helt rolig' which means 'totally calm'.

What annoys you?

When shit I cant control kills my vibe.

What makes you happy?

Being able to do the coolest thing in the world for a living.

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?

High School, so praise Odin that I’m doing this instead.

Where do you think the future downhill racing is headed?

Faster tracks, bigger wheels and an even more professional approach to training and preparation. But personally I prefer the old-school technical and natural tracks.

What does a typical day look like for you?

In the wintertime in Norway it gets completely dark at 15:00, so I try to get as much time shredding the snow early in the day, eat a big lunch, hit the gym, dinner, sleep and repeat.

Mayhem Media Photo
Mayhem Media Photo

How do you want to be remembered?

As the Viking that shreds so hard the tires pop off.

What does the future hold for Brage Vestavik?

Shredding bikes and having fun. Also planning to work my way up the World Cup ranks and living this life for as long as humanly possible.

MENTIONS: @BrageVestavik1 @Mayhemedia @foxracingshox @shimano @Maxxis @SDG-COMPONENTS @crankbrothers


  • 102 5
 Always a trip when the whitest dude from the whitest place says that Gucci Mane is his inspiration.
  • 5 2
 Free Gucci!!
  • 46 8
 who ?
  • 13 51
flag makripper (Jan 20, 2018 at 11:05) (Below Threshold)
 "Gucci Gucci Gucci gang" deep inspirational words right here.
  • 29 1
 @makripper: actually it’s lil pump you quote
  • 14 4
 @Loutrix: wtf is a little pump?
  • 13 2
 @makripper: kind of downsized Gucci Mane
  • 5 0
 He’s actually free and doing quite well. Lol!!!@nyhc00:
  • 2 0
 @drs140t: oh i know, Free Gucci is one of those sayings that never gets old. Haha
  • 8 19
flag vikb (Jan 20, 2018 at 17:18) (Below Threshold)
 I live in a small town in Canada and we built a statue to Lil Wayne. If you are a true gangsta it don't matter the colour of your skin or where you live dawg! #thuglife #bikethug #reversecoconut
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: Ye it never ever gets old does it
  • 2 0
 "If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce."
  • 3 0
 brrrrr brrrr
  • 52 4
 Not doing high school is a great plan.
  • 62 1
 When you are 18 everything sounds like a good plan...
  • 14 7
 I say race for as long as you can. High School/GED will be there when you're done, racing might not be there at the end of high school
  • 27 1
 Just so you know when his referring to high school he actually means university. In Norway it's call høyskole
  • 8 0
 @colinfurm: Can confirm this Vikings preachings.
Source: American living in Norway and being very confused for much longer then I'd like to admit.
  • 32 1
 If he’s a Viking he should be listening to Amon Amarth not Gucci Mane.
  • 7 0
 he shovld listen to BATHORY yov vvimp
  • 5 0
 Surely Celtic Frost would be more like it?
  • 5 0
 I was thinking enslaved but u think any of these would be more logical than Gucci. Not better, not worse, just more obvious...
  • 1 2
 Or he should just listen to that Banjo music in his video, that was some real nice stuff.
  • 4 2
 @9M119M1: Yngwie Malmsteen..
  • 2 0
 The question Pinkbike needs to ask every Viking: Varg or Euronymous?

Hail Odin.
  • 3 0
 @Skootur: Celtic Frost and the band they were spawned from, Hellhammer, were Swiss.
  • 2 0
 @oneplanka: Arpeggios From Hell. !
  • 1 0
 So much pagan metal coming from Norway.. If anything some Wardruna..
  • 23 0
 May the moustache be with you!
  • 20 1
 This guy is Sensational !!!! Hope you Win it all
  • 6 11
flag RedBurn (Jan 20, 2018 at 9:14) (Below Threshold)
 he already won instagram
  • 14 0
 a true Viking when your chosen god is Odin good luck mate
  • 13 0
 Drink every time he said shred!!
  • 11 2
 i used to be sponsored by douchebags, but i wasn't douchie enough, so they cancelled my sponsorship. douchebags. i love saying douchebags
  • 10 0
 he looks like kyle strait's son at first pic or cousin lul
  • 8 0
 Excited to see both Brage and Zakka make it into solid teams this season. Go get them!
  • 9 1
 "Who’s your favourite rider? Steve Smith."
I'm loving this guy already.
  • 5 0
 It's pretty confronting to read that somebody who's half your age is already being called "a veteran"
  • 7 2
 >>> B R I G H T /// F U T U R E \\\ A H E A D
  • 1 0
 "What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?

I use almost as much time building tracks in the local woods in Mysen as I do riding them. I really enjoy having a plan, executing it and being able to ride it in the end. I also love making bike-related content for social media."

Odin bless You. Trying to be on that way, even it's much harder for non professional mtbiker (maybe?!).
  • 4 0
 Welcome to the sick daddy club
  • 4 0
 Dette blir bra Brage.....lykke til i 2018 sesongen !
  • 4 0
 trading my facial hair growth for your bikeskills !
  • 9 6
 I thought this was a chic!
  • 5 8
 Clearly not as much as Remy Morton
  • 5 0
 Fellas, please. Cody Kelly with the Barbie-do and ballerina-style riding has all the female boxes ticked.
  • 1 0
 @CALEBTNORMAN: When I first saw Cody Kelly ride I thought 'wow does this girl shred!' Because all I saw was his hair. Then I googled him and it turned out his a guy...
  • 5 3
 Yeah, me too. When I read about the facial hair I thought it a bit strange, but hey she's Norwegian.
  • 6 3
 I think it would be smart to at least get a high school diploma.
  • 6 1
 Hopefully, he realizes this before it's too late. Some top WC riders do attend high school and race at the same time. It is doable.
  • 10 0
 I was thinking the same, but it sounds like "high school" in Norway actually means university. If that's the case, it doesn't seem that bad of a plan.
  • 8 0
 He lives in Norway. He’s going to get an education and no matter what job he gets in the future he will earn an actual living wage. Their system in no way resembles ours. Trust me.
  • 2 0
 Rad Young dude, I will be watching out for him when watching the world cups. Reminds me a bit of Kyle Strait.
  • 4 0
  • 3 0
 Good lad
  • 3 0
 Hei gutt!
  • 2 0
 The blokes instagram is the best out at the moment. Big fan!
  • 1 0
 This was a good reminder to hit the hillbilly huckfest this year. Anyone here ever been?
  • 1 0
 I saw this guy ripping around Järvsö in Sweden in the summer. Hopefully got a great future in front of him , lycka till
  • 3 2
 I hope this lad rules the world. He's awesome!
  • 1 0
 If Post Malone was pro mountain biker...
  • 1 0
 stoked too see the Norski get some props. GO B-rage!
  • 2 3
 Rad rider, but a raping, pillaging, slave-owning heritage is nothing to celebrate or build your identity around.
  • 6 0
 Hello? Look at the country WE live in....
  • 3 1
 @endlessblockades: That's why I don't go around flying the rebel flag and screaming MAGA. Those people are scum.
  • 3 0
 @spankthewan: Cool, we have a few of those here. At least 1 has barnacled to my PB hull and issues a Negprop everytime I open my yap.
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