Video: Hunting for Flow on Are's Famous Rock Faces

Oct 15, 2019
by Sascha BamHill  
Views: 5,938    Faves: 9    Comments: 3

Are is not only the top destination for skiers in winter, it also makes the heart of mountain bikers beat faster in summer. The Scandinavians definitely know how to build bike parks - from technical singletrack, to machine build jump trails, there is something for everyone. Unlike many modern bike parks, you would be looking in vain for boring highways. The 32 trails are integrated into nature as well as possible, which prevents brake bumps from developing.


The blue trails are perfect for beginners, but even advanced riders will not be bored here. With red, the level increases, but any rider with some experience will have fun there as well. The black tracks are natural and technical trails or demanding downhill trails. In the upper part you are guided through, and over rocks. Halfway up you will find many natural singletracks, as well as the famous Shimano jump trail. In the lowest part are the classic bike park and skills tracks.


Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike
Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

The Hellride starts at the top of the gondola and from there twirls down over wild rock formations. In the further course you will often ask yourself if you have not lost the trail - for the Hellride nothing was built, only the big stones were moved out of the way.


Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

The entry starts very technically, here you need a good bike control for a clean line. After a short flat section, you then roll over an edge into the middle of the action again. Here you can leave the brakes wide open again, but you should always keep caution, some edges are bigger than first expected.


Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike
Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

A lot of electricity is needed for the operation of the gondola,. It is transported from bottom to top in big plastic pipes which snake through the big stones - not the most visually appealing solution, but in the end you will be transported up the mountain with the gondola.

Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

The lower part is initiated by two almost vertical rock faces, in which you can fly in by pre-hopping, or which can also be rolled down nicely in nose-wheelie.


Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

It looks crazy at first sight but is not so hard due to the grippy stone. As you can see - Sascha loves to ride step stuff on his front wheel.


Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike
Natural Rockface Riding pivotcycles - foxfactory - schwalbe - ergonbike

The last piece then is really steep and rough to get the rest out of the rider.


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As most of you know, the truth always looks different then in a video. That you can make yourself a better picture of the track, here is a helmet cam run.




Location: Hellride / Bikepark Are / Schweden
Fahrer: Sascha Bamberg aka Bam Hill
Kamera: Pia Rummland Pia Rummland/
Fotografie: Christina Mimler

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Åre Bike Park


14 Comments

  • 11 0
 looks like he is going really slow.. he probably isnt and its just not very good filming or something but it just apears really slow
  • 2 0
 on the gopro it looks way faster .. thats weird. i really wonder what it is that makes the riding look slow in some videos and super fast in others
  • 3 0
 I don't think the sound track helps. Raw would highlight the rock hits and how hard his suspension is working
  • 1 0
 @maxx-x: It's always the point of view, where you are filming from - for the Hellride it's hard to get good angles because everything is rocky without big color changes. It is difficult to explain that the terrain is very blocked, because everything looks the same It's hard to make it look fast, you would have to constantly be very close up and cut much shorter scenes together.
  • 2 0
 @medievalbiking: You are totally right - but it's to windy up there to get good RAW Sounds - except you have the ultra pro microphone Wink
  • 1 0
 @BamHill: Ya see I didn't think of that sat in my living room
  • 6 0
 Åre Bike Park is such an exciting place but this feels soulless.
  • 1 0
 Normally it looks like this over there
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y3_th81-Zw&t=199s
  • 3 0
 who wants to see WAKI on his darkmatter riding this. i think Are is in his neighborhood....
  • 1 0
 This place must get totally dumped on cause.....I’m kinds struggling to see some skiable lines.
  • 1 0
 Appropriate music genre for this... Hard Rock
  • 1 1
 My 2 cents says the POV is not playing back at anything close to the speed it was shot at.
  • 2 0
 Check the Trailforks time and the time of the POV Run and you will realize that it is real speed - and you can also compare it to the scenes in the video and you again will realize that nothing os speeded up.
  • 1 0
 @BamHill:
Ok. i will take your word for it.

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