We Sent 2 Riders on the Trip of a Lifetime to Some of Norway's Most Remote Trails

Oct 5, 2017
by Pinkbike Productions  

During the summer, Pinkbike held a competition just for our European users. No doubt some of you out there will feel that it should have been open to everyone in the world, we get that, and no doubt in the future we'll hold this type of contest for people only in North America - who knows, maybe even something just for users in South America! If you want us to do more of this style then please, let us know in the comments and we'll get to work.

Now on to what happened in the Bikester Ultimate Adventure contest.

Announcing the competition in May, users were invited to send in one-minute clips proving that they were the ultimate mountain bike adventurer. Our judges, filmmaker Scott Secco and top Enduro World Series racer Robin Wallner were then given the difficult task of shrinking a list of more than 100 entries down to just 16. This list of 16 were then set to the public vote over the course of a week leaving one video on top.

Our winners were Silvio Zauchner and Andreas Gasser, who produced a fantastic entry which can be seen below.

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Their prize? An incredible trip through the Norwegian Fjords on an ex-Navy Minesweeper vessel that would take them to some truly remote trails - the perfect reward. Check out the exact package they won here. After enjoying the awesome Scott Secco production above, Niklas Walner (Robin's brother) was also on hand to document the trip with some out of this world photography.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Arriving at the airport, it was straight into the van to get the crew to port.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Gazing out over the fjords before all the excitement of the week's adventures.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Alesund, Norway

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Everyone sits down to hash out the plans for the week.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Not your normal mountain bike trip

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Ok, one last coffee first...

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
The boat pulls anchor and heads out into the fjords. From the first minute, you are treated to simply breathtaking visuals.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
With bikes built up from their boxes, it's time to hit some trails.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Hopefully the emergency life raft won't be necessary

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Ole Tangen, fearless bike and ski guide, outlining where the trails are.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
After a ride up where you find it impossible to look straight ahead, our group drop into the first trails.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
"So yeah, this is Scandinavia."

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Silvio and Andreas, accompanied by their newest entourage: Max Freiheit, Ole Tangen, Robin Wallner, and Jutta Wurth, get kitted up and head into the mountains.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Contrast much? I think this is going to be the running theme here...

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Alpine lakes? Tick.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Back up to the top for more riding and mandatory high fives.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Just like in his submission to the contest, Silvio enjoys the alpine goodness aboard his YT Capra.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
And back to fjord level.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Our videographer, Scott Secco, had a ton of fun getting those boat shots with the drone. Here Niklas takes to the water to capture the stills.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Environmentally friendly roofs here in Norway, you may remember from images of the Hafjell World Cup rounds that this is the norm here.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Perfect form on the bike carrying from Andreas here, these guys really were deserving winners - well done to the Pinkbike users for picking them!

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
There's that steezy-riding-shot-with-epic-background you were scrolling for.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Oh hold on here's another one. Wait... POD? POY? Let us know in the comments. Robin Wallner showing that the enduroists can style it up for the camera.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Just stop for a second. Enjoy this one.

The Trip Of A Lifetime - Winners Of The Bikester Ultimate Adventure
Back into the trees as you hit the bottom of the mountain.

Are you silly It might be freezing but I m still gunna send it.
Are you silly? It might be freezing but I'm still gonna send it.

Sampling the delights of the water you are floating on.
Sampling the delights of the water you are floating on.

You don t get much fresher than this.
You don't get much fresher than this.

Silvio on the left here savouring his dinner.
Andreas on the left here savouring his dinner.

More ferrying of the riders out to the trails - this time for the last time.
More ferrying of the riders out to the trails - this time for the last time.

The colours of September in Norway. Coming to a postcard near you.
The colours of Norway in September. Coming to a postcard near you.

The crew had enough of dry land We only sleep on boats now.
The crew had enough of dry land, "We only sleep on boats now."

Here we have one of the world s greatest treasures - Instagram live. Pioneered before the invention of the mobile phone you can actually look through it and see what most of us will only see on websites like Pinkbike.
Here we have one of the world's greatest treasures – Instagram live. Pioneered before the invention of the mobile phone, you can actually look through it and see what most of us will only see on websites like Pinkbike.

Once more in to the fray.
Once more into the fray.

Jealousy is a deadly sin but you can t help it with scenery like this.
Jealousy is a deadly sin, but you can't help it with scenery like this.

Silvio slings his machine over his back it s not a true epic unless you re carrying your bike.
Silvio slings his machine over his back, it's not a true epic unless you're carrying your bike.

Your winners winning. Although Andreas does seem a bit happier than Silvio in this one. Maybe he s contemplating what s for dinner Let s go with that.
Your winners, winning. Although Andreas does seem a bit happier than Silvio in this one. Maybe he's contemplating what's for dinner? Let's go with that.

Andreas flows down the trail through the Alpine flowers of Norway followed by one of the best Enduro riders in the world. Not a bad reward for creating a 1 minute video eh
Andreas flows down the trail through the alpine flowers of Norway, followed by one of the best enduro riders in the world. Not a bad reward for creating a one-minute video eh?

Darting through the trees after descending from way up high.
Darting through the trees after descending from way up high.

The diversity of the riding that was seen on this trip is truly unique to Norway. From alpine epic to scenes like this where you can hang out next to the water next to a log cabin surrounded by woodland.
The diversity of the riding that was seen on this trip is truly unique to Norway. From alpine epics to scenes like this where you can hang out next to the water, beside a log cabin, surrounded by woodland.

Surely this can t be it Here at PB HQ we can imagine that when you ve done boat shuttles life will be very different back on dry land.
Here at PB HQ we can imagine that when you've done boat shuttles, life will be very different back on dry land.

Loading the bikes back on to the boat for one last time.
Loading the bikes back onto the boat for one last time.

What a trip it has been the only way to finish any epic is with a cold one.
What a trip it has been, the only way to finish any epic is with a cold one.

Congratulations to Silvio and Andreas once again and thanks again to our partners that made this all happen.


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33 Comments

  • + 25
 Dear Pinkbike: regarding your inquiry as to wether or not North American would like a similar opportunity as above, I think I speak for the entire continent when I say
"HELL YEAH!!"
  • + 8
 I second this, good sir!
  • + 20
 You lucky bastards. That looks awesome!
  • + 8
 Love seeing these photos and the video too!

We run a BnB down by Hardangerfjord and bikers are extra welcome, we are always out exploring trails if anyone wants to join...? We're also often out building some new trails so, bring your spade! Wink

For example - www.instagram.com/_any_excuse_to_ride

Hit me up if you're keen!
  • + 1
 eeeeh I know you Smile

And Pinkbike readers: Yep, this guy rides A LOT and his spot is awesome!
  • + 1
 @sickriderch: Have we met in Slovenia by any chance? Or are we long lost instagram friends?
  • + 1
 @anyexcusetoride: Trondheim! Never actually got to ride together.. :/ But I see your fb pics all the time. Your cabin is definitely on the radar Smile
  • + 3
 France, Italy, Spain? It's for tourists that want to see in person stuff they can see on their phones.

I'll take destinations like Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland any day.

Now if there was only a Norwegian trip that combined Mountain Biking and Black Metal. \m/ \m/
  • + 2
 Alesund, is a amazing place to see, and the Fjora, trails featured in this video are amazing and fun. There is not many well marked trails in More og Romsdal region but whats there is awesome. The Fjords are unreal.. Bucket list for sure!!.
  • + 4
 Still didn't get my video on the entry list, despite a reassuring message from a member of pinkbike staff, that it will eventually pop up. Pretty dissapointing
  • + 10
 Hey LiveAeons, I remember your video and I've even gone through and checked messages as to what happened. Unforunately we had a very high calibre of entries and yours simply did not make the final 16. It was definitely considered though, hope that helps!
  • + 3
 @paulhaysom: ok, thanks for the answer. much appreciated!
  • + 5
 Tack för ett mycket bra reportage. Thanks for a very good report.
  • + 3
 This tour is available through H&I adventures. I've done 3 different trips with them but this is the ultimate dream trip.
  • + 5
 Awesome, except the cereal for dinner.
  • + 1
 no judging Smile
  • + 3
 Max Freiheit's name translates to Max Freedom. Just sayin.
  • + 1
 My brother just moved to Lofoten Norway. I have yet to go visit him. If any pinkbikers want to go on an adventure PM me please.
  • + 2
 These photos are amazing. I've got to make my way back to Norway. This time during the summer.
  • + 3
 This content is so good. Keep it up pinkbike!
  • + 1
 "...who knows, maybe even something just for users in South America..."
Where can I sign in?! Smile
  • + 2
 Stunning! Those trails those views. Dream trip
  • + 2
 Upvote this comment if you want a North American contest
  • + 2
 Glad I didn't post the video filmed on my iPhone now...
  • + 1
 Looks like fun. Congrats!
  • + 2
 Epic!
  • + 1
 Macam mana dengan kami dia asia?
  • + 1
 kita boleh bayang je la haha
  • + 1
 beautiful foto) happy people
  • + 1
 What a trip! Would love to go!
  • + 1
 Look like a lot of fun except all of the “hike-a-bike” pictures
  • + 0
 Nice location, shame it involved a camera crew.
  • + 1
 That scenery!!!!!!

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