In many ways, a tour is about mental preparation. A true test of self-sufficiency and endurance. Abandonning the comfort of tried roads and stable weather, and instead heading the opposite direction, I set off in search of paths unknown.
It seemed simple at first. Epic rides, from dawn till dusk, to the top of a mountain, through quaint islands on the sea, through mountain valleys and barren lands. Any sane cyclist would presumably favor a reliable and established location - like the Alps or the Pyrenees - for their bikepacking adventures. Not me apparently.
I aim to travel to Bergen and head out into the Norwegian wilderness. Out of nature. Like all great adventures, surprises have popped up on the way, requiring me to change some plans and alter my direction. Instead of sticking with a pre-determined path, things are gonna get a little more interesting. I projected the terminus would be in Oslo, or maybe Bergen once again, if my legs didn’t fall off first.
Öland, SwedenThe Burro
My weapon of choice - a 6.8 kilo carbon monster. Am I out of my mind?
My family and friends have always kept asking that particular question. The answer is more than often "yes". I've always been one that has been up for whatever, regardless of the challenge or magnitude of the project. Whether or not this bike is compatible with this particular project? Only time will tell.
The motivation for this tour is #PackLightTravelFar. Last summer I built myself the bike of my dreams. A carbon monster, weighing in at just 6.8 kilo. It's a beast and I absolutely love it. Below I've listed the specs:
Zhongwei R-002 Carbon Frame Set
Zhongwei 50mm Carbon Aero Wheelset
Zhongwei Carbon Twin Tail Saddle
Shimano 105 Group Set
Deda Zero Cockpit
Michelin Pro 3 Race Tyres
Uppsala, SwedenGoing pro
The David Attenborough of cycling
So, having fantastic friends and family really pays off. My sister's significant other let me borow his GoPro Hero, and my friend Tobias let me borrow his GoPro Session (Tobias is a truly uplifting and inspiring person who did vlogs for Vätternrundan, a 300km Swedish classic)
What I'm bringing
Trip to Annecy, France
I flew to Geneva, took the bus to Annecy and spent a week camping and biking the Alpes. It was amazing. Here's a few pictures.
Kalmar, SwedenGrand Prix
Quick visit in Kalmar for the Grand Prix.
Milan, ItalyGiro d'Italia
In preperation of the Giro
Long weekend in Milan and Lake Como.
Copenhagen, DenmarkUrban biking
Probably the best cycling infrastructure in the world
Spent a few days in Copenhagen, enjoying the city by bike only.
Uppsala, SwedenWinter storage
Carpenter skill show-off
Built this bike storage shelf a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Sigtuna & Borgholm, SwedenCastles and stuff
Visiting friends and relatives
I seldom miss a chance to go visit the local castle.
Uppsala, SwedenFirst trip of the year
Visiting a friend in Örebro
Pictured below is the route I'm planning for this year's first bikepacking trip. I'll be visiting a friend in Örebro. Managable 199 kilometers, comfortable 1.320 meter elevation gain. Excited, to say the least.
Uppsala – Örebro
200 kilometers did hurt my ass, but yeah, it was fun.
Midsummer festivities in the finnish archipelago
Stockholm, SwedenSummer days
Probably best spent on the bike
Rode 75 kilometers from Stockholm to Uppsala, visiting a few castles on the way.
Spending the summer with family and friends on the beautiful island of Öland while working as a tour guide at the castle of Kalmar. Castles. Mhm...