Lovely lovely Lyngen

A lovely woman gave me a pass to the LyngenExp bike festival last weekend for birthday, how lucky am I? Very, as it turns out.

We rolled into Lyngseidet on friday night to heavy clouds and a general feeling of dampness, but a hearty portion of Bacalao kept us warm and sleeping well at the Magic Mountain Lodge.

The next morning we woke up to what looked just like the same heavy clouds, but for all I know they might actually have been a completely new set. It was damp but not properly raining, and it wasn't even cold. No excuses then!

The climbing wound its way through birch trees towards Skihytta.

About half way to our highest point we took a detour on a short downhill, to get a feel for exactly how slippery the rocks would be.

Starting off slipping and sliding.

It turned out conditions were quite greasy indeed, and we had to really make an effort to keep rubber side down. We all made it, some with more mud in the face (and elsewhere) than others.

Andy takes a moment to enjoy the stillness at the end of the descent.

As the trail started traversing some parts were nice and smooth, others were rocky and quite challenging in the slick conditions.

Clouds and fog kept us company as we followed the undulating trail.

Eventually we connected halfway down our future descent, a natural trail that has seen some recent "enhancements" that we stopped to session for a while.

Shameless plug, but the guys at MML deserve it.

We managed to stop playing around on the jump and continued upwards and into the low hanging clouds.

Between fog and clouds.

Soon enough we made it to the top, and after a quick snack we were all eager to spray some dirt.

The group still together, having just started off from the hut in the background.

With conditions scetchy as they were, it did not take long before there were riders scattered all over the hillside. Some managed better than others to keep off the brakes and on the trail, and frequent stops to regroup the scattered horde of riders made for some good photo opportunities.

Awesome fun to manage the sometimes steep and always slippery terrain.

Patrik keeping it low and fast on his home trails.

Locals were pinned despite the treacherous conditions.

Trying to grab the back wheel of a local (and keeping it in sight) was a sure way of going fast through the blind corners and crests as we made our way down the mountain. I think everyone at some point had a moment or two, I sure was within centimeters of eating mud more than once but somehow managed to keep my shit in a pile this time.

We finished the this first day of the festival back at Magic Mountain Lodge with mountains of delicious food and some awesome homemade beer.

Pulled pork + lots of stuff, and dessert!

Thank you Andrea for the birthday present, thank you MML and staff for a great stay and thank you LyngenExp for just being awesome. We will be back!