SIMPLY PUT Downhill is all about getting down a mountain as quickly as possible, on a bike, with your heart in your mouth. You do it by throwing yourself down steep slopes, along winding trails. It’s not difficult to see that a lot of it is about adrenaline...
It’s not risk-free either. A helmet is a must; a back protector is strongly recommended.
– It’s not entirely unlike motocross, says Jonas Lindgren, downhill enthusiast and involved in the association that operates the facility at Bygdsiljum. Sure, we don’t reach speeds that high, but the silence compensates for that. You know, there’s something special about rushing through the forest in near silence.
Jonas is one of the driving spirits behind the downhill racing at Bygdsiljumsbacken. In less than three years they have gone from being a ski resort waiting for winter to come, to being one of the best facilities in Sweden for downhill experiences. There are nine tracks here, or trails as they are called.
– We have a good breadth, Jonas continues, from beginner-friendly to real challenges. We have something for everyone. This summer, the collective Swedish downhill elite will gather at Bygdsiljum, August 21-22.
– It will of course be great fun to organise the Swedish Championships and we see it as proof that all the hard work we have invested in our trails is appreciated. Jonas tells us that they will be making an entirely new trail for the Swedish Championships.
– There will be one open class and one for licensed riders. In total, we are hoping for at least 80 participants.
If you do not want to compete or do not have a bike or the equipment needed, but would still like to try the downhill trails at Bygdsiljumsbacken, you can hire everything you need, on location in Bygdsiljum. The facility is open every Sunday during the season. More on the Bikepark >>
In 2016, the Swedish Championships will be held at Bygdsiljum on August 20—21. Thewre is also an exhibition on the history of the bike at the Skellefteå Museum this summer.