Racing Enduro 2 in Davos, Switzerland

This webisode-ish video is from the race Enduro 2 in Davos. Enduro 2 is a pretty simple format, you ride two together in a team, time starts when the first rider crosses the start, time stops when last rider crosses the finish. So you basically race with your mate down which is pretty sick and different from anything I have tried before.
Bob and I raced as a team, this is pretty convenient as we are pretty much the same speed. In a French cup, we had a 13-minute stage where we placed within half a second of each other.
Enduro 2 is a 3 day race of blind racing, which means you don’t get to see r train the tracks beforehand, that can also make it a bit hard if you race against locals which I like to think we did here in Davos because well, there were some people who I definitely think shouldn’t be faster than us haha.

Anyway, after coming home from my big summer trip I had two weeks and home to go build a bit for Danmarks Tag out in Ry. It was a good two weeks to sort of get a little break from riding every day, believe it or not, your body needs rest sometimes. Unfortunately these two weeks home in Denmark put me in a bit of offseason mode, I was just ready to have a little break from training and riding, basically just chill a bit. I was not too motivated to go race these two races, well at least not to perform at  100%.

But after these two weeks, it was time to get the last two races of the season out the way, Enduro 2 in Davos and the Enduro World Series in Finale.

 

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Always a good sign when you see the Alps in the horizon

The view of the Alps coming towards you is something I wouldn’t change for anything.

Usually, for me it means that the season is starting and I am going for my 3-month road trip, this was not the case here but god it is still an amazing feeling when you come towards them.

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Because it was a two-week trip we didn’t bother to bring the caravan or sleep in the car which turned out the be a really good idea. First of, you kind of forget how long Germany is, it would have taken ages to come all the way to Davos with that. It already took 15 hours or so to drive down there.
Second, the temperatures of a Swiss mountain village in September is not exactly the temperature of Denmark in September, it is cold af down there. A thing you often forget when you only spend your summers there. As you can see in the video and pictures, there was already snow some places, and just wait for day 2 and 3 where there is even more

 

 

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The mountain tops of Davos were stunning

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The transfer to stage 1 was not too bad

The views were sure amazing in Davos, to start with it is really an experience to race there, but with the snow, on top of the mountains, it really got that extra adventure feel.  If you only have one event you can go to throughout the year I would probably recommend an event like this. You get so much out of it and it really feels like an adventure. Fun racing, amazing trails, beautiful transfers and well just all in all a pretty spectacular experience. It is a total contrast from the also amazing van life I live through the summer.

The blind racing is for sure something to get used to. When you have no idea what is coming up your instinct tells you to ride a bit conservative,  but the time that’s ticking tells you otherwise. You need to find that fine line. The biggest challenge I found was whether or not you should save energy or just try to sprint all out and risk running out of power before getting to the finish. Something that might have happened to me on a stage or two haha.

 

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Top of Stage 1

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Megavalache got us prepared for snow riding

 

From the top of Stage 2 on the left to the top of Stage 3 on the right. It was pretty hard to dress properly for this event. I had just gotten some Mons Royale merino shirts which turned out to be pretty good for these conditions.

After day 1 my Votec VM was pretty covered in mud. We concurred everything from slippery roots to rocky trails to cross-country trails to snow riding. It is safe to say it was a pretty successful day and to go to sleep knowing that we awaited two days more like this was one of the best feelings ever.

 

 

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The bike had a good mudbath after day 1

This is one of the reasons that I find enduro  racing way more fun and challenging than downhilling. Well, of course, downhill racing is really hard, but enduro kind of throws you into the unknown, there are almost no rules in enduro.
Can you race blind? Sure!
Can we have 3 or 7 stages a day? Sure
Can we do the whole race lift accessed so you don’t have to pedal? Of course
But can we also pedal to every stage so it is really hard? Why not

Everything can happen at an enduro race. You race new places all the time on new trails and different formats. This year I have been racing all lift accessed races where almost no pedaling was needed and I have also ridden races where you had to pedal all the way to the top yourself, and it’s amazing! It’s always new and exciting, it’s a true adventure.

That was a bit of a sidetrack from this race report ish thing, but it was some thoughts I got because of this race because I really liked it.
I hope you enjoyed the video and maybe this write-up, stay tuned for next episode. And remember to come with some feedback if you have any, it would be much appreciated.

Cheers,

Fred

Dirtjump i Hullerne – Webisode

It is no secret that I don’t get out on the dirtjump bike as much as I used to. I guess I just spend way more time on my enduro bike, which I am having so much fun with. Never the less it is always good fun to get out and dust off some dirtjump skills, even though they are lacking a fair bit. Some tiregraps, onefooters and some try hard whips is what it is. It is still just super fun to hit some new jumps and float a bit around.
In Denmark, I think we have three main sports for dirtjumping, Hullerne in Viborg, Aarhus DirtJump Park in Aarhus and Holmen in Copenhagen. Now Aarhus Dirtjump Park is my local spot it has everything from a pumptrack, small table lines to probably the biggest dirtjump/slopestyle line in Denmark. As you can see in the video Hullerne is more trails and not really beginner lines.

Remember to go to my Instagram for more updates: https://www.instagram.com/fredleth/

Frederik Leth whipping on the dirtjump bike

Back when I was mainly a dirtjump kid Photo By Per Pedersen

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And another one from Hullerne a couple of years ago. Photo By Claus Hilmar

Happy Halloween from Fred Leth

A little Halloween video for you all. Jeppe Svendsen and I took a day in an old barn and some time in the woods to film this mountainbike Halloween video for you. I had to try to rediscover my inner acting talents and well the result was questionable haha.

Megavalanche qualifying with Fred Leth


For the last two years, I have been racing Megavalanche. It seems like one of those events you need to ride a couple of years before really doing good, so you can count me in next year too because I really fucked up this year.
The Megavalanche is a mass start race that starts from the top of the Alpe D’Huez glacier. Well glacier would be a compliment because let’s face it, it’s basically a slush slope all the way down where you are trying to ride your bike before realizing that it is not only way slower but also waaay harder than just getting off the bike and pushing/half running, because after all you kind of want to get an alright place in this race. Again, this year it caught me by surprise how long and physical the course was, it’s almost as if I wish I rode more cross-country because there are some serious uphills on the finals track or maybe it just feels like it because you are already firebreathing when you start at the bottom of them.

But well this video is about my qualifying run as you can probably see.And I’m just going to be dead honest with you from the start here, I missed my qualifying run. Now I might have been a bit late, which is not out of the ordinary for me, so some might say I can’t really blame the huge lift queue at the second lift of people whole didn’t have a start time before 2 hours later, but that isn’t going to stop me from blaming them at all. If everybody had just stuck to the recommended lift times we were given, then everyone would have made it in time, instead of people bombing the lifts 3-4 hours before their actual starting time. But well be complaining here isn’t going to solve anything, is it?
So after arriving at the start deeply hoping that they were delayed or something in that direction, it is a bicycle race arranged by Frenchies so delays are very plausible due to both of those facts, but I guess they kind of outruled each other. So my time had started and the official at the top simply said “go!” and then I was loose, trying to catch up 100 riders who had round about a 5-minute headstart. Now I didn’t really have time to think of any tactic other than trying to overtake as many as possible, which probably was the best tactic anyway, so nothing lost there. This resulted in some first class firebreathing along with some fine and some not so fine overtakes.

I will make a longer post soon to kind of guide you through the whole Megavalanche experience with pictures, videos and what not.

See you at Megavalanche next year!

Hello again

Hello again.

So it looks like it’s been two years since I have moved my digital footsteps onto this website. There has still been a bit of traffic, but certainly not from me. Most significantly is probably the 52.899 comments I need to approve or rather disapprove because let us face it, it’s just spam. Even though I wish I would be real comments from people who had maybe missed these questionable blogs or whatever this is.
Why I haven’t been on here I don’t know. My other channels like Facebook and Instagram have been fairly busy and growing a lot, but coming onto this site again was a bit of a flashback. Even though when I see some of the videos I posted on here, it feels like it was yesterday I made them. But oh god a lot has happened since.

So what has happened? Well to start with, I’m older and I feel oh so much wiser for sure. Bike stuff, well I guess I have more speed on the bike and I like to think that I am a way better bike rider than I was two years ago. More stylish? hmm don’t know, but probably faster, even though it feels like a constant struggle to get back to 0 again every winter in Denmark. Which is also the reason why I am soon out of here for good. Well at least for a while, mountains are calling.
Riding wise I still don’t have that sensation of feeling like the bike is an extension of myself when on the gnarliest trails in the Alps, which really bugs me. Some part of me thought it would sort just click at some point and you would feel that. But I guess it is never just gonna feel perfect, which is so damn amazing about mountain biking, you can always improve and always give one percent more.
I really had some days this summer where it almost felt like me and the bike was one, and it was amazing. Everything was dialed for a week or so, full speed, everything worked perfectly, I placed the bike where I wanted, confidence was high and then it disappeared again, don’t know why. But that’s the thing, sometimes the smallest crash or weird thing can take your confidence right back to 0. So well we are getting there.

Most of all I am so much richer on experiences. Yeah that sounds so cliche but holy crap those last couple of summers has been amazing, like wow. It’s been absolutely wild, so amazing I can’t really describe exactly why or how. Well probably because of bikes, van life and some amazing people and events, but you know, there is always way more to the experience than that.

Biggest of all might be my switch to enduro. I feel it has motivated me to do better at the races because I actually feel like racing is fun again. And sometimes I can surprise myself with my riding and results. While in downhill I mostly felt like I left a lot of time out on the track which you simply cannot do, you need to be 110%. Where is enduro, well I guess it’s more acceptable to leave some time on the track because who the heck is going to ride a 15-minute perfect run? Not me, yet at least haha. I guess I feel more calculated on my enduro bike, I feel I am riding better. So I’m pretty excited for what the future brings.

So that was a bit of blabbing for tonight. I will try to get better at updating this site and get better at writing too because I think I need it haha.

Cheers

Webisode: Exploring Portes Du Soleil

Take a day with me going from one end of Portes Du Soleil to the other with my enduro bike, using the lifts of course.
Portes Du Soleil is probably one of my favorite places, there are tons of trails in different bike parks, that you can all ride with one lift pass. In this video, I am going from Morzine, where I parked my caravan to Les Crossets which is just over the border in Switzerland. On the way, I come through a couple of other bike parks.
I usually stay in Morzine because it kind of is the biggest city in Portes Du Soleil, well at least the one with the most life. And it suits the vanlife pretty well. They iconic Carrefour carpark is off limits but the community made a little gravel lost for campers and such a bit outside the city which is just fine.

Thoughts from the caravan

I am now sitting in my caravan. I am sitting here after Eurobike and after an allright day of riding. Not the best one, but it was pretty nice. My good friend Mads is sitting in my end of the caravan, actually kind of on my end, trying to snatch some of the WiFi from the nearby Hotel. He is doing all sorts of weird things to get a better connection and trying to find out where the signal is. It is actually quite annoying, but at the same time it is really entertaining.
Tomorrow in a new day, but not a new thing. Because I am, thank god, going to ride my bike again.
I don’t know what I want to write about, but I just really wanted to. All because I just read this really amazing blog written by a girl I met on Eurobike.
I am not a big reader myself. I can’t remember last time I read a book of my own free will. I read some blogs and articles, but to be honest it is quite hard to get my attention. Only a few writers seem to catch my attention, and mostly it is not even the writer but more the topic that gets my attention. Do you know those writers that can just get your attention no matter what they are writing? I know a few, and it seems like those are the people who also think the most over all the little things in life. Instead of just letting moments go by unseen these people actually take a picture of the moment, a picture that they can then repaint with words. It is amazing how much we use words and sentences, but how few of us who really master them.
It is even more amazing to think about how much words are used bad, think about how much bullshit gets talked on a day. So many valuable words that are just used for no real reason. A lot of people talk just because they can and then there is others who just talk about the necessary and leaves everything else silent.
Now Mads stole my WiFi. Not that I used it, but he still stole it. As you can read I am one of the people who talk a lot, like really a lot and mostly about bikes or something related to them.

Air and Alps selffilmer

I have done some self filmers before, but it was this year that it started getting more serious. I knew that I was going to travel Europe for 4 months, where I would not be able to meet up with the videographers I know from home.
I was not the strongest in tech and cameras, but after some research and many hours on Youtube, it was clear that I needed a 4k camera. Those does not come cheap though, but I ended up getting one. This allows be to put the large 4k video into a 1080p project and thereby zoom and pan in post-production, a pretty amazing opportunity when doing self filmers. Everything is 100% filmed, ridden and edited by myself in the lovely mountains of Tignes

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This year is a new one for me. I am spending four months just traveling around Europe with only on purpose, having fun on my bikes. Well, I need to race races, film, write blogs, take pictures and train too, but that is all a part of the bike life for me. At first it is really a road of trial and error. You need to find your way into it and figure out how it all works, there is no “How to live the privateer life” that you can watch on Youtube, even though that might be on my To Do list now that I mentioned it.
You kind of need to get everything into place and build up a new living routine. With less space to live on you really need to keep things into place, so they don’t just lay around everywhere.
When traveling around for races and events in Europe you meet a lot of really awesome people. All people have different stories and it is fascinating to hear how they found their way there, maybe a way that was a complete other than your own.
Everybody likes to hear a good story, and everybody likes telling them even more.

 

 

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You come across some pretty amazing trails and view’s on such a trip.

 

There are countless people just driving around living in their vans all season. I have seen a good amount of vans housing up to 3 people and sometimes even more, especially if they are Kiwi’s and Aussies. It is crazy how many of them travel all the way over here and then lives on the smallest amount of space.
In a race environment like that, my caravan setup is considered complete luxury. It even has a bathroom with a shower, even though the fantastic lakes of Europe are probably the favorite choice of most of the privateers, including me.

 

 

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A good camp setup when the other Danes arrive.

 

 

A lot of the vans around are bought for under £1000 and then build up with some beds, and of course, space for the bikes. I even saw some people who just put an Ikea bunk bed into the van, pretty legit.
I have seen some live in old ambulances, vans with doors almost falling off every time you open them, backdoors that could not open, I even heard some guys who had a puncture and couldn’t get the wheel of because it was too rusty and then had to hold in every 30km to pump the tire.
But one thing they all have in common, they freakin’ breathe for riding bikes and get to experience so many awesome things along the way. As the Vanzacs say, “Home is where you park it”.
It is for sure that most of all those people is having the time of their lives, even though it is primarily taking place in a car or outside.
It is the cheap way of the “pro life” if you can call it that. It is what there is going on behind the big team tents, with budgets you might not even imagine.
As I mentioned I am in my first year of doing this, and I can say that I really love it. Parking wherever you want and make that your home. Even though my setup might be luxury in some eyes and trashed in others, I feel like this is a good one.

 

 

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A complete normal thing in cycling, but everyone else thinks it is weird.

 

 

Just to set it up for you economy wise.
Peugout Partner: 2000EUR
Old Caravan from 1992: 1000EUR
Solarpanel setup that provides all the electricity I need: 500EUR
So 3500EUR for a perfect setup to live in.
The throw in the some spending money, money for Diesel and lift cards and you pretty much have it. Some other people are 100% doing it for less money and some are probably spending more too, I don’t know.
It all depends on how much you need, other than just riding bikes of course, which is the key.
I myself brought all of my bikes, BMX, Dirtjumper, Enduro and Downhill. Even though I might not use some of them that often I feel like it is a really important part of being on the road so I am free to do whatever I want.

 

 

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Good friends are key on the road.

 

 

One thing you will find out really quick is that you need some good friends. I am off alone this year, I have a lot of friends from Denmark coming down sometimes. Some come for three weeks, some for a month, and then I meet up with other Danes for a couple of weeks of racing. But I think the most ideal thing is to just grab your best couple of friends and then get rolling, at least that is what I feel like.

Stay tuned for more.
Cheers,
Frederik Leth

Living a passion

Living a passion can be hard, but at the same time you feel so blessed that you have found your thing and that is the thing you want to do with your life. My thing is Mountainbiking.

I can’t tell you how many parties I have missed, because I wanted to go early to bed and ride my bike the next day instead. I have simply lost count. That is how it is to live passion. It’s not because I don’t like parties, I just like riding my bike way more.

In life you have the freedom to make your own choices, you basically have the freedom to do whatever you want. For me it’s biking. It’s pretty simple and yet so complex. I have asked myself a ton of times, “Why do I like riding my bike?”. Is it the feeling, the bike friends, the community, the ride?. I have not come any closer to define what I like the most about it, but I can conclude that I absolutely love it, because everything I do, is centered about getting out on my bike.

I work to get money so I can travel around and ride my bike. I go to the gym to get fit, so I can ride my bike faster and stay injury free. I spend hours and hours online looking at camera reviews, just to find the right one, so I can go film myself and my friends, riding our bikes. And when I went to school I would be so efficient when doing homework, because then I could ride my bike when I was done, allright, maybe I wasn’t always all done before I went riding. But fact is that I do all those things, to get out and ride.

It can also kind of get obsessive sometimes. If the sun shines I need to go ride my bike. I simply can’t be inside. Even though I am tired from the ride yesterday, I just need to ride again. Otherwise I just have such a bad feeling all day. Sometimes though I am really tired and kind of force myself to stay inside and relax for the day, just to recover well. I works well half of the day, and after that I am completely restless. I simply can’t stay inside for a whole day, it’s near impossible.

It’s funny how people some time through their life just find their thing. One day you don’t have anything to do because you don’t have a passion or a hobby. Then some day you try a thing out, and kind of just decide that it is your thing. Or maybe it comes just a bit by bit. I don’t remember, I just know that I am hooked now and will be forever.