New Bike Park in Oslo Sommerpark Tryvann

Text: Simen Berg Photo/Video: Simen Berg

PLEASE NOTE – THE BIKE PARK WILL NOT BE OPEN AFTER THE 2013 SEASON!
Drammen Skisenter (half hour drive) and Hafjell Bike Park (two hours drive) are the closest alternatives.

On June 29th 2012, Norway got an addition to the list of lift served bike parks aimed at those who like to fly down trails on full suspension downhill/freeride bikes. Oslo Sommerpark now offers five trails, of which one is a hand built DH race track. Next year they will add another three trails.

Fairly new sport in Norway
Gravity based biking in bike parks really started off for real in Hafjell around 2005. Until then, most of the action happened in Frognerseteren, close to Holmenkollen. Served by line 1 on the Oslo subway system between Skådalen and Frognerseteren. And that’s the same stop you will get the closest to Oslo Sommerpark by the Tryvann tower. More about the other bike parks later.

About the park
This bike park is a totally incredible accomplishment, taking into consideration that it all was built from scratch in less than two months.

But here it actually is, and five trails are up and running, with three more to come in 2013. Bike Park guru Snorre Pedersen from Hafjell Bike Park designs the trails, so no rookie mistakes around here.

The five trails are:

  • Begynnern: Flowy and bermy out in the open.
  • Eastside: Some tables and berms, but mostly tight corners on a narrower, machine built trail in the forest.
  • Fri Flyt: High speed trail with a lot of air time.
  • Stiknuser’n: Singletrack
  • Ryehufsa: Sportsklubben Rye built a downhill track for Norwegian Cup events.

Note: Please note that the videos were filmed on the very first opening day, with loose and wet conditions.

BEGYNNER’N TRAIL June 27th

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 27th

FRI FLYT TRAIL June 27th

About the bikes
Begynnern and Eastside are smooth enough for hard tails until the brake bumps get to tiresome. With a full suspension trail / AM bike you’ll be fine in Stiknusern as well.
With a freeride/downhill bike you’ll be happy all over the place.

Links:
OsloSommerpark.no

More Norwegian parks
Hafjell is the best bike park in Norway. Half an hour from Oslo, Drammen Skisenter offers excellent biking. In addition, you can enjoy lift served downhill biking at Geilo, Hemsedal, Ål, Narvik, Vrådal, Hovden, Ulriksbanen (Bergen), Fjellheisen (Tromsø).

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Oslo Bike Park getting there UPDATE

Text: Simen Berg Photo: Simen Berg/Mads Mørch

PLEASE NOTE – THE BIKE PARK WILL NOT BE OPEN AFTER THE 2013 SEASON!
Drammen Skisenter (half hour drive) and Hafjell Bike Park (two hours drive) are the closest alternatives.

Oslo Sommerpark opens with bike trails June 29th. Note that the bike rental already is open on a daily basis with HT/FS mountainbikes and DH bikes. Check their website for details.

Here’s your preview with a few shots and a GoPro helmet cam edit from “Eastside” and “Begynner’n” trails while building is still in progress.

In addition to those two flowy, bermy trails, three more will open at the end of this month:

  • Fri Flyt: High speed trail with a lot of air time.
  • Stiknuser’n: Singletrack
  • Downhill track: Sportsklubben Rye built a course for Norwegian Cup events.

BEGYNNER’N TRAIL June 12th, not finished ( will be 1200 meters long)

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 12th, the finished first half

EASTSIDE TRAIL June 5th

For years we’ve been hoping for the bike park in Oslo to become a reality. But we didn’t really believe it would happen anytime soon. In February I heard the unbelievable rumours that it would open before summer. Totally incredible, taking into consideration that it all would have to be built from scratch in two months.
But here it actually is, and three trails will be opening in four weeks, with more to come. Bike Park guru Snorre Pedersen from Hafjell Bike Park designs the trails, so no rookie mistakes around here.

Links:
OsloSommerpark.no

Pics from the “Eastside” trail