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Trailer: The History of Finnish Downhill MTB in 'Suomi DH'

Dec 1, 2020 at 21:39
by Joonas Vinnari  

Suomi DH: The Finnish Downhill MTB documentary

Full film coming 2021

Veli-Matti Niemi Roi Paananen and Antti-Pekka Laiho. Rovaniemi Finland 1994 Photo Kalevi Mikkonen
Veli-Matti Niemi, Roi Paananen and Antti-Pekka Laiho. Rovaniemi, Finland 1994 Photo: Kalevi Mikkonen

Downhill mtb has been a competitive sport in Finland for the past 30 years, and now it’s time to find out what has happened during this time. How is it possible that Finland, a dark, cold and flat country, has brought up successful World Cup riders like Katja Repo, Antti-Pekka Laiho and DH superstar Matti Lehikoinen. The foundation these pioneers have built has inevitably been an important stepping stone for today’s passionate young talents, who are conquering the international DH scene.

Jani Vesikko and Finnish made Tunturi bikes. Late -90s Photo Mikko Peltonen
Jani Vesikko and Finnish made Tunturi bikes. Late -90s Photo: Mikko Peltonen

The film is about the ups and downs, the excitement, the passion of riding and the community of Downhill mtb in Finland.

Matti Lehikoinen and Joonas Vinnari. Nummela Finland -06 Photo Aki Farm
Matti Lehikoinen and Joonas Vinnari. Vihti, Finland -06 Photo: Aki Farm

Production company Dsp Media
Directed, edited and produced by Joonas Vinnari
Co-producer - Antti-Pekka Laiho

Archive footage on the trailer:
Mikko Peltonen
Roope Ruohola
Clay Porter
Kalevi Mikkonen
Jarno Laasala
Mikko Hallikainen

Cover photo:
Kalevi Mikkonen & Mikko Peltonen


Dustin Lau - Like We Don’t Exist

Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L - Ikoni

Katja Repo. Malminkartano Finland 2001. National TV interview. Photo Joonas Vinnari
Katja Repo. Malminkartano, Finland -01. National TV interview. Photo: Joonas Vinnari

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  • 22 0
 Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää! Juuri oikea hetki julkaista tämmöinen suomalainen herkkupala. terveisiä Itävallasta.
  • 10 0
 There's something in the water (vodka, maybe?), but Finland punches way, way, above its weight in terms of producing amazing athletes in fast, dangerous sports. Not just ski jumping, but skateboarding (i.e., arto saari) and auto racing (Kimi Raikonnen, Nico Rosberg, etc.).
  • 6 0
 Lots of rally car racers and snowboarders too.
  • 9 0
 I think it has a lot to do with national character that values resourcefulness and grit to use what you have to your advantage where others would only see unfavorable conditions or even impossibilities. If the the the snow is actually blue ice you learn to land on your feet. If Mandalorian was a snowboarder, he would be Finnish-This is the way.
  • 1 0
 @feeblesmith: my grandfather would have just used one word to explain it: sisu
  • 7 0
 Happy Finnish Independence Day!
  • 6 0
 Perkele! Looking great.
  • 5 0
 Hell yes!
  • 5 0
 Mitä helvettiä?
  • 1 0
 Komee filmi !!
Suomessa on kylmä , tulkaa vaan Gran Canarialle ajetaan vähän!
  • 2 0
 yeah good one
  • 1 0
 Nice ,, the old world.. ????
  • 1 0
 "Rent it? Pfft: I just saw all the best bits.. "
  • 1 0
 Curious about the Fennish
  • 1 0
 Whats song @ 1:55?

*edit - Pekko Kappi - Ikoni.....cool track!
  • 1 0
 Anyone else feel like matti never really made it fair enough
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  • 3 0
 You can’t buy it lol
  • 1 0
 OG rite ‘dare
  • 1 1
 Looks awesome!
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