So it’s spring time, or in fact, it’s summer time, although this year it has been really hard to see it. We’ve had so much rain and so little sun during the past month that I feel as if I had already moved to Norway :).
But it IS summer time, and summer time means bike park time. And bike parks need to be put into shape. About 70 km from Umeå, at 64°21′ north, you find the small village that goes by the tounge stretching name Bygdsiljum. I have written about the small bike park that is located in the middle of that village before but I think that it deserves another post. Because Bygdsiljum is really such a special place. The mountain that hosts the bike park in the summer and ski slopes in the winter is honestly more of a hill, but in spite of that it contains an impressive amount of both flowy and seriously technical trails.
The bike park is strictly non-profit. It is built and managed by a small group of local enthusiasts who devote almost all of their spare time to keep the old trails in shape, build new ones and servicing the lift.
Managing a bike park without the help of big mechanic and monetary muscles takes quite a lot of effort, and a huge amount of time. Especially this year when the rains have done their very best to make the whole of Västerbotten into a bog.
This year, I’ve gotten to see the crew’s efforts up close during a number of days. The experience has given me wet feet, sore hands and a stiff back, but also an immense appreciation of their work and a good number of laughs and giggles.
And if I didn’t know it already, seeing the bike park taking shape has also convinced me that the number of verticals a mountain (hill) holds doesn’t determine the quality of a bike park. The creativity and the enthusiasm of those in charge of it does. Bygdsiljum bike park has a whole lot of the latter.
The park opens up on the 7th of June. Hope to see you there!