I have always had this secret dream of mine - a nerve-racking, terrifying and absolutely exhilarating dream that I haven’t told anyone. Until now.

Like most, I’ve sat and watched endless amounts of bike videos online, day dreaming about one day having a little shredder edit of my own. I’ve secretly planned with whom I want to ride with and to what kind of song we’d be shredding. Never thinking it would actually happen, I’ve kept it hidden, but well treasured, in the back of my mind for years. That is, until the unexpected happened this summer, when a friend and I got invited to participate in a MTB video contest. Suddenly, my little box of ideas, dreams and shreddit songs popped wide open and started filling my head with rad riding ideas - scenarios which in real life were pretty damn impossible. Thing is, when dreams turn reality, your ideas have to follow. Realising that neither of us could throw rad tricks nor send massive hucks, we had to accept our limitations and instead create an edit based on our own abilities, on our own uniqueness.

So here a little insight to how it all happened and why we chose the idea that we did. And although there are no backflips or no-handers insight, hopefully we managed to create something just as cool. A story we all share. Simply that of two friends riding bikes, having fun and making life way more exhilarating that just your average 9-5 routine.

Turning unrealistic dreams to reality

It all started in mid-June when my friend Lina Skoglund and I got invited to participate in Åre Bike Festival’s big video contest. It’s been going since 2012 and is best described as a Scandinavian version of Crankworx Whistler’s Dirt Diaries. Big names like Martin Söderström, Anton Thelander, Nicolai Rogatkin and Robin Wallner have previously taken the prestigious win setting standards high. Very high. Getting invited was as exciting as it was nerve-racking – how could the two of us ever compete with names like that?

Well to begin, we had to accept our limitations. We can’t throw backflips for a starter – we’re not even part of the rad girly no-hander revolution. As hard is that is to accept, our riding isn’t anything spectacular, anything that’s going to “wow” the crowds. So we had to do it in some other way. Another limitation was the contest itself as we were filming with two filmers we’d never met, in a location we rarely ride, and although we were allowed five days of filming and editing, I had other work commitments and could only film for two and half days. But at least by admitting to this, we knew what we had to work with.

Creating an idea

So, once we put our dreams of rad stunts behind us, we asked ourselves: what can we offer the audience? What can we do to get them stoked? And the answer was pretty obvious. We could give them “us” – our friendship, our bond, our love for riding bikes, together. Friendships moulded over bikes are special, and Lina and I are far from the only ones who met through our two-wheeled passion. We realised that there must be plenty of people out there who can relate to our story.

Although a ride can entail everything from a massive once-in-a-lifetime adventure to a normal after-work wiz around the local trails, the one thing we all can relate to is the importance of our friends with whom we share our ride. Weather you’re a top-of-the-line shredder or a simple weekend warrior, we all know the feeling of adrenaline-filled happiness that we get from chasing our friends down a trail - giggling, shouting and pushing limits. It’s moments like those that we tend to cherish a little bit extra.

We wanted to somehow portray that feeling in an edit, simply by doing what we do best - riding bikes, talking shit and having fun. And most important – just being us.

Overcoming stage freight and making it happen

On the first day of filming, as we were heading up the lift, my stomach started doing summersaults. I was excited, yet felt a sting of doubt. Although we had an idea I believed in, I suddenly felt the pressure of being in front of a film camera. Although no one explicitly said it, we were definitely the “token girl team” in the contest and with that came some kind of unspoken responsibility. As much as I didn’t want it to matter, I still cared and wanted to show everyone that just because we were two girls riding and doing our own thing, we could still compete with the other three back-flipping-mega-sending shredder teams.

The only way of proving this however was by doing our own thing and being 100% true to ourselves. As we were about to drop into the first section of the day, Lina turned around, looked at me and gave us both a kick-up-the-butt-pep-talk:

“We can do this! Let’s show them what we’ve got… and you – you know exactly how to ride a bike. Just stay on my wheel”, and then she set off like a rocket into two big berms, kicking up more dust than I’ve ever seen her do. I followed her lead, stayed on her back wheel as well as I could and as we ripped up those first few corners I felt that welcoming burst of happiness shooting right through my body. To top of the good feeling, our filmers excitedly shouted “Wooooow, we did not expect you to go that fast!”, as we swooshed passed them. And just like that, the first two corners of the first day set an amazing vibe for the days to come.

The final judgement

The following 48 hours we worked hard from early morning to late evening – riding bikes, pushing bikes, carrying camera equipment, scouting locations, creating a story -and when it came to hand-in day all I could do was smile. It had been an awesome couple of days. I was obviously nervous about other’s watching and judging our edit, but I’d ridden to the best of my abilities, laughed a lot, and had fun. Most importantly, the whole team felt happy and proud with what we’d created. Even though we couldn’t throw any cool stunts or send any massive hucks, we created something that is almost equally as rad. We created a feeling that most of us can relate too – that of having a friend to share adventures with, a friend to chase down singletrack, and a friend to drink a beer with at the end of the day.

Although we didn’t win first prize in the competition, we got the “feel good award” and hopefully that is exactly what this edit does - makes you feel good. At least, that’s what it makes me do. I hope you enjoy!

Images by

Emrik Jansson / @emrikjanssonphotography