Video: Manon Carpenter Speeds Through Berms, Jumps and Rock Slabs in Sweden

Aug 26, 2020
by Manon Carpenter  

"As we all know, many plans got changed this year. For myself, I ended up graduating virtually with my classmates and adjusting to some serious alone time after my partner moved away to northernmost Sweden for work just before everyone got locked down in the UK. With all original summer plans cancelled, I booked flights to spend the summer in Sweden – long enough to make the inevitable two-week quarantine worthwhile on return to the UK!

I’ve had my eye on Åre Bike Park for a while now, and circumstances lined up that it was a perfect opportunity for us to stop off for a ride on the journey up north. I also had the opportunity to get in touch with photographer and videographer Niklas Wallner, who is based near Åre and was free to show us and shoot some of Åre’s best bits that week. It’s been a while since I’ve filmed purely for the riding, so it was good fun and a good challenge jumping into new trails inside and outside the bikepark – dusting off my airtime and park shoes properly for the first time since before lockdown!"


Credit Niklas Wallner
Airtime on Åre Bike Park's 'Shimano' jump line.

The first day filming we checked out Våfflan and El Perro trails outside the bikepark, which were a really fun mix of fresh loam, rocks and some built up flow sections. We started straight away on the jumps which took some time for me to learn but were really nice once I figured them out.

Credit Niklas Wallner

The rest of the trail wound its way down the mountain, making the most out of the natural shape of the ground and some amazing greenery.

Credit Niklas Wallner

Then we headed into the bike park, which has completely distinct upper and lower sections. The top of the mountain is above the tree line from ~900m up, thanks to the pretty high latitude of Åre, and hosts a flowy blue 'Easy Rider', rough, rocky red runs, and also 'Hällrajd' – a black run that basically consists of arrows directing riders over the (relatively) smooth bedrock.

Credit Niklas Wallner

Credit Niklas Wallner
Making full use of the terrain, three decent-sized rock rolls form a section of trail that feels unique to Åre.

The trails on the lower half of the bikepark dive into the trees, again with some flowy, winding blues trails, rough and rooty red runs, jump lines and some seriously rocky black sections! A section of the 1999 World Champs track still exists as 'Ripbranten' - some steep, tight rocky switchbacks which lead into more rocks… But unfortunately (fortunately?) not much footage from riding that section on a trail bike made the cut for the final edit!

Credit Niklas Wallner

Credit Niklas Wallner
Åre is definitely not short on views!

With thanks to Niklas for the two fun days filming and great pizza recommendations, Laurence CE for cutting the footage together and dealing with my ever-evolving plans, and to Radon Bikes for the ongoing support and resources to still bring some projects to life this very strange summer!


20 Comments

  • 40 0
 Miss Manon at world cups but seems she left for the right reasons and it’s great to see she still has such a passion for riding.
  • 14 0
 Definitely miss her on the racing scene, but I'm just happy to see her back doing some projects, hopefully that means a bit more of the old fun of riding has returned. And hope there will some more shreddits in the future!
  • 12 1
 I miss her as well in the race circuit, but that life isn't for everyone. I really like the fact that Radon has stuck by her, as she is as valuable to the industry as a Casey Brown. There is another girl who flat out rips but had enough of the World Cup scene. Notice there are about 5 females on the World Cup who actually belong there. Well, that's because Vaea, Jill, Casey, Vira, And Manon are just having too much damn fun not racing full time, or at all. I love racing, but I also love watching these chicks, like Manon, making me look like a joke on a bike. Good vid????
  • 7 0
 I miss seeing her race but Manon didn't have anything left to prove at the world cup level & getting hurt badly can def change you're perspective on what is important in life.
  • 5 0
 Just out of curiosity, how do the financials for these videos work? Does Radon shell out for Niklas' time, photos, editing, etc. and then the rider is in charge of getting the placement on PB and social and everything?

Seems like all these mini shreddits probably cost a couple thousand in production expenses alone. More at least than I could imagine riders could afford a bunch of times a season.
  • 4 0
 Well in this case I would imagine that there would be an initial discussion between Radon/Manon/Åre bike park and Niklas, then they will work out who pays what. Probably a large chunk is paid by Åre bike park for this one.
  • 4 0
 @thingswelike: Åre was definitely showcased in that clip, hope they paid. Made me want to ride there for sure
  • 8 1
 Would be cool if she gets back into DH or EWS.
  • 4 0
 Awesome rider! Was there at fort Bill when she practically folded herself in two having landed badly off the last big jump. She just got back on Smile
  • 3 0
 1:14 as the camera pans Manon and the Gondola comes into shot, fabulous work.
  • 3 0
 Always good fun to see world class riders on trails you enjoy yourself!
  • 2 0
 Not supposed to be ???. It IS a damn good video
  • 2 0
 Great to see you enjoying riding in such awesome surroundings!!
  • 1 0
 I missed her at the world cups, what a talented rider she is. Manon are you wearing flats??
  • 2 0
 I like it.
  • 1 0
 Sweet edit! Good riding. Nice to see her having fun.
  • 1 0
 I love how the closing shot of a bike park ad is of a bunch of brake bumps
  • 1 0
 I'm in love!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful photos
  • 1 0
 Banger video!

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