Åre Video Challenge - People's Choice Winner Announced

Jul 9, 2016 at 14:24
by AreBikeFestival  
The Åre Video Challenge made a return this year during the annual Åre Bike Festival in Åre, Sweden, after a two year absence – the event that gave us Martin Söderström's epic Team Douche video back in 2012. This year's contest was made up of five teams that had five days to shoot and edit their respective movies, a task that was made extra hard due to some really challenging weather conditions that shifted from rain storms, ice cold temperatures to sunny skies and dusty, blown out trails. On the other hand, the midnight sun at this time of year in northern Sweden makes it possible to ride and shoot in near daylight for 24 hours a day.

The movies were screened last night in front a psyched crowd of 750 people at the Holiday Club Arena. The winner was a no-brainer for the five-person jury, head judge Mattias Fredriksson, Åre Destination CEO Therese Sjölund, EWS racer Jaclyn Paaso, mountain bike journalist Tobias Liljeroth and filmmaker Kevin Landry. Team Whiteout took the win by a landslide with its epic storyline, creative editing and next level riding by Anton Thelander and Nicholi Rogatkin.

Best movie: The Game - Team Whiteout
Best Åre representation: Team Infocus
Best directing: Team Pitchwork



The Game by Team Whiteout



Views: 23,855    Faves: 253    Comments: 14


bigquotesAnton and Nicholi's video was the stand out winner, strong concept with flawless execution, coupled with some ridiculously progressive riding - Kevin Landry.



Team Pitch Work



Views: 10,570    Faves: 48    Comments: 13


bigquotesTeam Pitchfork, Robert, Katie and Tarah's video gave us goosebumps, it gave us an emotional response that we couldn't quite articulate, but we felt it - Kevin Landry.



Team Infocus



Views: 8,115    Faves: 82    Comments: 10


bigquotesTeam Infocus, presented Are, Sweden in the best light, their images were strong enough to inspire a west coast Canadian to book his ticket back for the 2017 Are Bike Festival - Destination Are CEO, Therese Sjolund.



Team SOS



Views: 10,701    Faves: 117    Comments: 10




Team Blur



Views: 8,078    Faves: 64    Comments: 6


Viewers Choice Award

The judges had their say but what do you think? Who was your favourite entry from? Answer our poll and leave your comments below and you could win a mystery prize from the organisers of the Are Bike Festival. Sounds intriguing, right? Voting closes Sunday, June 10 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.


Winner's Announcement

The winner of this contest is user kevinridesfelt. Kevin has won flights and accommodation to the 2017 Are Bike Festival!




MENTIONS: @arebikefestival




35 Comments

  • 39 2
 Hahahaha the team sos vid was highly entertaining.

Kid: "do you ride enduro?"
Dude: "yes"
Kid: "shit that is lame"
  • 25 1
 Now I agree Nicholi & Thelander Exhibited Next-level Display Of skill, but Please Let's All Yuse Serious Thoughtful Analysis To Inspect the Options Nevertheless.
  • 3 0
 ^^Mad props^^
  • 12 0
 Some Unprecedented Playful Examples Really, Now I Need To Examine New Downhill Options.
  • 18 0
 Nose Bonk to Manny to Air...Stylish as Hell. Team SOS
  • 13 0
 Team SOS. That was some pretty steezy riding.
  • 10 0
 The gap jump at the end of SOS by Wallner is mental! Have eyed it up so many times but getting it wrong would be a disaster. As always also impressive how wallner handles the uber tight switchbacks1
  • 1 0
 i can't make out where that gap jump is? on flynbanan?
  • 5 0
 @robyhsb: Are you The Rob from upstairs ?
  • 5 0
 @Kc85: hahah Magnus from the kitchen!
  • 1 0
 Hello mates! agree that gap is sick!
  • 15 4
 If you don't vote for sos you're blind!
  • 5 4
 SOS was Killer! Actually they all made me want to ride; except Whiteout, it just made me want to turn off the sound.
It wasn't any better without sound. But hey the name recognition!
  • 4 0
 SOS!!! I want the HD3.
  • 9 0
 Rider or not, Rogatkin and Thelander's video is entertaining for anyone to watch. Epic!
  • 15 6
 Rogatkin with a visor!!!! My vote to team whiteout!
  • 8 0
 -100, a true laugh out loud moment.
  • 5 0
 Adding another bike park to my riding bucket list!
  • 5 1
 Like you ve not enough in your country ^^ haha
  • 1 0
 Tough to say.. I narrowed it down between Whiteout and SOS but in the end I chose Whiteout because of the creativity used in the video. But that backflip in SOS' video had me laughing my ass off.
  • 3 0
 Team Whiteout needs to team up with KUNG FURY!!!
  • 2 0
 Honestly I liked the ladies flick. It was the best editing i thought, and those girls were solid.
  • 1 0
 Team Pitch Work's video was very relateable. Probably could have filmed a sister video as a teenager, complete with the exact same mom comentary.
  • 2 0
 Why is this article back on the homepage if it was released like 4 months ago and was already featured?
  • 1 0
 I really enjoyed InFocus, Good mix of nature and Biking, great riding and editing
  • 1 1
 I liked Team Pitch Work and the ladies, very nice. But voted for Team Whiteout as its the best one here.
  • 6 5
 Team DOUCHE rewins !!!! No video here was better ! Soderstrom is a king !!
  • 1 1
 All very good quality videos but team Infocs did it for me, it somehow looked more real and for me more relatable.
  • 1 0
 I gotta say these were all truly excellent; so difficult to vote.
  • 1 0
 Hahaha so good...Thank you for those, thelanders was best
  • 1 0
 deserved win...alone the super nintendo controllers was worth the win
  • 1 0
 I was there !
  • 3 3
 obvious
  • 3 4
 I only watched Team Whiteout that was it...very funny

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