One Two Eight – A Film By Christopher Lanaway
Join us in celebrating the launch of One Two Eight. A short film by Christopher Lanaway following Philip Fagerberg riding around his home area of Lake Vättern in Sweden.
One Two Eight ft Philip Fagerberg
Words, Photos and Film by Christopher Lanaway
Southern Sweden isn’t somewhere people generally consider when it comes to all-mountain and enduro riding. When you ask riders from elsewhere in Europe they typically reference XC when talking about this region. When it comes to freeriding and more gravity orientated riding, most look north to Falun and of course, Åre which is the home of Swedish downhill riding having hosted the DH world champs in 1999. Sweden often gets assumed as being relatively flat, presumably due to Sweden’s neighbour (Norway) being very mountainous by comparison. Sweden does lack a little in elevation but the terrain makes for some exceptional riding. The area surrounding southern Vättern is a prime example with its varied geography and mix of wild forest-covered hills and abandoned ski slopes. Make sure you are dressed for the location, ski clothing is essential in such places.
Riding in this area of Sweden Lake Vättern is ever-present, no matter where you ride you will always catch the occasional glimpse of the deep clear water to which the lake has become famous. The name of the film One Two Eight is a reference to this, the lake at its deepest is around 128 meters deep. It holds such significance to the area which also boosts the riding potential, the sheer size of Vättern and its depth has created a unique microclimate around the southern edge of the lake. Wet spring and summers feed the forest covering the hills which over the years has produced large areas of loam and prime dirt for building trails.
Philip Fagerberg grew up on the shores of Vättern in the small town of Gränna where he started riding and building. Now living in Huskvarna, he rides and trains the mountains surrounding southern Vättern. Currently one of the top enduro riders in Sweden racing nationally and in the EWS, he showcases some of his favourite local trails. Showing that what the area lacks in quantity of elevation, more than makes up for the quality of the trial network.
What did you think of the One Two Eight ft Philip Fagerberg film by Chris Lanaway? Would you like to visit Sweden for an MTB trip? Let us know in the comments below.
You can follow Chris Lanaway on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/chrislanaway
You can see more of Chris’ work here: http://www.christopherlanaway.com/
To follow Philip Fagerberg you can check out his Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/philipfagerberg/