Video: Thomas Vanderham & Rémi Gauvin Shred Norway in 'The Way to the North'

Nov 30, 2018
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region


It’s normal to get home from a trip and feel like you’ve left something on the table. Whether it’s a trail you skipped out on or an area you didn’t have time to see, the things you didn’t do can be as motivating as the things you did. Thomas Vanderham and Rémi Gauvin have both been to Norway before, but it’s one of those places that keeps drawing them back.

Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Much like a lot of Rémi’s travel, his first two trips to Norway were for both for racing. Back in 2013 and 2014, Rémi was racing downhill and competed at the World Championships in Hafjell. Thomas’ freeride background has put him in Norway twice before, but never in the world famous Nordfjord region, and never on his trail bike.

Travelling to compete is a rinse, wash, repeat cycle. The process broken down is: airport to hotel, hotel to event, and a few days later you’re flying home. This trip was a chance to see Norway in a different light, and after landing in Ålesund and boarding what would be the first of many ferries, the small town of Stranda seemed like the perfect place to start.

Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
The people along the way can be one of the most interesting parts of travelling. Located just up the road from our rooms in the Hjelle Hotel is the small town of Folven, home to Norwegian freeskier, Fred Syversen. Fred is a local legend who in 2008 unintentionally set the world record for skiing off a 107m tall cliff, but today he coaches skiing on the glacier, operates an adventure sports campground, and is building out the Hjelledalen valley mountain bike trail infrastructure.

Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region

Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Our Scandinavian photographer, Mattias Fredriksson, likes to joke around but with an underlying sense of sincerity. Early on in our trip he forewarned, “It’s hard to go on a road trip in Norway and still make dinner deadlines. I tend to shoot a lot…cause the shooting is epic”. It was a constant theme of the trip but the fjord views near Sandane had us especially late for dinner. The trails were above treeline which left us exposed to the harsh wind and rain, but the combination of fast riding corners, natural features, and stunning backdrop were just simply too good to cut the ride short.

Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region

With another trip under their belt and trails under their tires, Norway remains an incredibly interesting place for Thomas and Rémi. Newly built mountain bike trails with a strong historic culture of moving through mountains leaves plenty of room for endless adventures in the Nordfjord.
Thomas Vanderham and Remi Gauvin in Norway s Nordfjord region

Presented by Rocky Mountain

A film by Scott Secco
Featuring: Thomas Vanderham and Rémi Gauvin
Produced by: Stephen Matthews
Post Production Sound by: Keith White Audio
Typography and Design by: Mike Taylor
Photography by: Mattias Fredriksson
Music: Pioneer by Ryan Taubert



48 Comments

  • + 67
 there really is Norway to describe such beauty
  • + 48
 You gotta go @maya-gamber, you can't afjord not to.
  • + 9
 @RockyMountainBicycles: hahaha xD

idk, riding the mountains of Norway seems like a great way to end up Strandad
  • + 8
 @maya-gamber: Probably not the best destination for the oslower riders
  • + 42
 Me and my boyfriend literally JUST launched our website offering catered MTB holidays in the fjords, we're only two hours south of where this was shot!

We're a very small and new business, please check us out or pop us a message if you're interested to know more Smile
anyexcusetoride.com
  • + 5
 I can recommend this place! Was awesome visiting you guys and realizing how much potential my home country has Big Grin The trails are both techy and flowy, combine this with the awesome garden trail and house by the fjord = 10/10
  • + 12
 I live about 9 hours drive from these places. Maybe I should stop dreaming about Canada and actually go to places a little closer to home. Or do both!
  • + 3
 Ja, bara gör det! Big Grin
  • + 5
 These are my favourite kinds of pieces. And I agree with Remi's comment above, that bike videos are great because of the diversity of terrain. Also, I feel like Thomas has matured over the years, and become one of the riders I most like watching on film. Something about his style.
  • + 4
 “It’s hard to go on a road trip in Norway and still make dinner deadlines." Shooting with Mattias in Norway, I'm surprised the team even made it to breakfast the next day... ???? I've missed so many dinners shooting with that guy, it's been totally worth it every single time.

Awesome stuff, well done! ????
  • + 1
 Road trip!
  • + 5
 What a stunner...amazing work guys. Norway has been at the top of my bucket list for several years, and this captures exactly why in a beautiful way.
  • + 6
 Somebody must have raked that forest.
  • + 1
 This made me laugh!!
  • + 3
 I have kayaked there 3 times and its he most stunning place on earth. Ferry use to run from Newcastle but sadly it was stopped.....please reinstate the ferry route as i need to return.
  • + 3
 I live around these mountains and fjords, but it isn't until I see these pictures and videos I really understand how beautiful it is!
  • + 1
 Well I now wana go to Norway to ride. That place looks awesome. Such great views and unique scenery and the trails look prime too. Add it to list of places I can’t get the time off to go to while working a retail job haha.
  • + 3
 Wow. That place is greener than the cronic I used to get in Christiania 20 years ago.
  • + 1
 Hey PB,

Possible to have YouTube videos not embedded so large?

the way you have it now, you basically have to watch it full screen, or go to YouTube directly
to watch it small. Cheers.
  • + 4
 Why would you like to watch such an amazing video in a small window?
  • + 1
 Awesome work there!

We are actually putting up a biking trip following this route for next summer. Check out www.uteguiden.com

// Oscar
  • + 2
 I think this is what we all think (or at least dream of) when we want to go trail riding. This is amazing!
  • + 2
 How can this video only be 2:56? Moar!!!!!
  • + 1
 Incredible video and even better photos! Just beautiful. I want nothing more than to ride there someday
  • + 2
 Hey Pinkbike - more stuff with Mr Vanderham please!
  • + 1
 Nice one guys! We rode some trails not so far from there last August and I already want to go back there. Norway is amazing!
  • + 1
 Looks like Scotland on steroids. Beautiful pictures and great video, now to watch it again.
  • + 3
 Exquisite.
  • + 2
 Thank you all that made this, what a wonderful thing
  • + 1
 Wonderful! Think I just found some places I need to visit while I'm in Norway.
  • + 2
 thank you for this video, what an exceptional place.
  • + 2
 Super Schhhteeeezy schredding in Fjordland! Deadly video.
  • + 3
 totally gorgeous gorges.
  • + 2
 Great work @scottsecco! Gets me stoked to ride. Colors are on point too.
  • + 3
 I wanna go!
  • + 1
 Worth watching on a big screen!
  • + 1
 Super rad! The trails and the nature wow!
  • + 1
 First picture its totally awesome !! Congratulations.
  • + 1
 Holy photo of the year contest batman.
  • + 1
 Stunning scenery, riding and trails! This is mountain biking for me...
  • + 1
 In the summer you get daylight until 11pm!
  • + 1
 The jump over the rock looked gneiss!
  • + 1
 Can you just say, RAD
  • + 1
 That was just gorgeous
  • + 1
 Stunning!!
  • + 1
 Very. Smile

Not been there but visited Trondheim which I think is a bit further North of where this was shot. So beautiful and with an interesting history too. Must drag my mtb'n ass there one day and take it in.
  • + 1
 非常美丽

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