Järvsö Bergscykel Park – Downhill mountain biking!
I spent my weekend hanging out in Järvsö Bergscykel Park, located in my hometown of Järvsö, Sweden. Järvsö Bergscykel Park opened it’s doors on June 6th 2010, and the first season had about 2500 visitors. That put Järvsö Bergscykel Park at third place over the most visited Downhill bike parks in Sweden 2010, a very good feat.
I myself used to ride my downhill bike as much as I could back they opened, but then in 2012 I moved to Stockholm because I got a new job. The weekends passed too quickly when we visited home, so I never had to chance to ride for the last 5 years, but hopefully I’ll be able to ride a few trails now when we moved back home. The best thing is that I see the ski lift from our bedroom, it’s that close.
It works like this: You bring your own downhill mountainbike, protection, clothes and everything else you need (or rent everything if you don’t have it). Purchase a Downhill pass, which gives you access to the ski lift, which takes you to the top of the mountain, from there you ride you bike all the way down to the valley. A tip is to stop along the way to check out the view and beautiful surroundings.
The trails run trough the forest most of the times, but now and then you cross over the bare ski slopes, because Järvsö Bergscykel Park is open during the spring/summer and fall when the ski slope is closed and the snow is gone. I posted a trail map below, along with the names of the trails and color coded skill levels.
All trails are named after our pride and joy – Lill-Babs (<— wikipedia link). A world famous singer born and raised in our small town of Järvsö. She put this town on the map and the creators of Järvsö Bergscykel Park honor her by naming all the trails after her. Her real name is Barbro Svensson, and the first and signature trail is therefor named “Barbro”. Other trails are named after her daughters Monica, Malin and Kristin, the rest have names from her most famous songs.
Here’s one of here songs “Leva Livet”, performed way back in the days!
Pictures from Järvsö Bergscykel Park
I thought I’d post some of the photos I took this weekend while hanging out in Järvsö Bergscykel Park. Since I don’t ride anymore (yet?), I felt that being behind the camera was really fun and I hope to get a few more hours in the park this summer.
- Hjulet Spinner
- Honey Honey
- Älskade Ängel
- Teenie Weenie
- En Tuff Brud
- Twist Twist
- Pop Opp i Topp
- Itzy Bitzy
- Lite För Liten
BLUE is still easy, but a little bit more challenging then green. Blue is for you who rode the green ones a few times without problem!
REDis the next step, this is where it can get a little tricky. Narrower trails, steeper and more bumpy. Be sure to feel really comfortable on your bike before heading out on a red trail!
BLACK BEWARE – these trails are only for experienced riders and include huge jumps, gaps and steep trails. Even the most seasoned mountain biker can be intimidated by these!
This is one of the reasons we decided to move back home after years in the city!