Video: Curing the Swedish Winter Blues with a Trip to Stunning Madeira

Apr 7, 2019
by LightningThunder  
Views: 12,796    Faves: 98    Comments: 9




After winning the Åre Video Challenge back in July, we decided to use the prize money to cure some of the Swedish winter blues.
So by the end of November, we packed up our bikes and went to the small Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira.

The plan was to film a short edit, shoot some photos and most of all: just ride bikes. Here is what a week of vacation on Madeira island might look like!

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Photo by Philip Alexandersson
From the airport straight to the hotel, we checked in and built our bikes.

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
On Madeira there is no shortage of trails, trails of all kind and riding them all in just a week would be impossible. Luckily our new friends at LokoLoko helped us out big time by hand picking the trails they thought we would like.

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Photo by Philip Alexandersson
It's easy to see why Madeira has gained a reputation as one of the best mountain bike destinations in the world.

Photo Philip Alexandersson

Photo by Philip Alexandersson

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Christoffer with a bit of high altitude steeze.

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Photo by Philip Alexandersson

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Simon cruising through the greenroom.

Photo by Philip Alexandersson

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Alex getting chased.

Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Photo by Philip Alexandersson
Welcome to Jurassic Park.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
A quick break by the ocean between laps.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
Load up the van and head back up again. After a well deserved cold one of course.

Photo Philip Alexandersson



Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
Slopestyle Simon in the clouds high above the city of Funchal.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
On Madeira, versatility is the name of the game.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Alex leading the way through the jungle.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
Christoffer on Madeiras famous "Black trail".

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson

Photo Philip Alexandersson

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
Hiking through a couple of narrow and dark caves in search of fresh trails had us feeling like we were in a Indiana Jones movie or something. Just a casual tuesday for our guide.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson


Photo Philip Alexandersson
Photo Philip Alexandersson
Those who seek shall find.

Photo Philip Alexandersson
Cheers Madeira, we'll be back


Made possible by:
LokoLoko Madeira
Galo Resort
Järvsö Bike Park
NS Bikes Sweden
PEDALXPLORER BikeBags
Lightning Thunder

A film by: Peter Eriksson
Featuring: Alexander Bäckvall, Simon Johansson, Christoffer Van Kuijl, Johan Gustavsson
Photography by: Philip Alexandersson
Music by: Svartanatt Band, P4L

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19 Comments

  • + 6
 As if I wasn't already looking forward to my trip there in July..... now I am even more stoked (if that was possible!)
  • + 5
 That is a pretty mint video. Must return to Madeira!!
  • + 1
 Congratulations, great job ,great video and well select tunes ,and the “túnel”one what a great thing ,giving us the tough that the riding was over and then bamm,well done ,keep on living
  • + 4
 Vid was bonkers. So much Europe all up in this.
  • + 2
 Love it when Bob Ross turns up in the most random of places: "Dab Dab Dab - Ooo-That's Nice" Sums it up - Great Vid
  • + 2
 I got to ride there a few years ago for only ONE DAMN DAY! I've been dreaming of going back ever since...
  • + 3
 Bra film! Alltså koffes stil!
  • + 3
 oh yeahh, EWS right there next month! you can see why in this video
  • + 2
 Megafet rulle boys!! Bra gjort.
  • + 1
 Sweet riding. Best vid i've seen for a while! Thanks for sharing.
  • + 0
 An the first picture falls under category: meanwhile Swedes on island holidays Big Grin Go Zohan!
  • + 0
 The Norwegian variant--#2--may be observed about halfway through Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (film, 2007). No mtb content, but plenty of metal. Axe dude would have made a fine PB commenter. Go conquest.
  • + 0
 The Norwegian variant--#2--may be observed about halfway through Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (film, 2007). No mtb content, but plenty of metal. Axe dude would have made a fine PB commenter. Go conquest.
  • + 1
 The Norwegian variant--number 'two'--may be observed about halfway through Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (film, 2007). No mtb content, but plenty of metal. Axe dude would have made a fine PB commenter. Go conquest.
  • + 1
 @ceecee: the guy in orange D3 is Johan G. Used to live where I live. Where the troll dwells... I call him Zohan. Extremely irritating on group rides. May not have the top stamina, but sucks the stamina out of others by throwing whips of small rocks, doing flicks, slides, popping wheelies, general misconduct in the face of exertion.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Oh, I thought we were talking about peeing and pooping. Pardon the triple post. The comment software gets confused when number two is expressed with the number signifier and the literal number '2.' Hashtags are sucking the literacy from us. Glad you like this Zohan fellow. Every troll needs an imp.
  • + 1
 Härligt!!!!!
  • + 1
 AWESOME.
  • + 1
 Good stuff!

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