an x-mas to remember
Jimmy Röstlund in Trollhätan. Photos and Text by Trond HusÃ¸
So what would riders not from
Scandinavia want to know about the jams in Sweden and Denmark? Well, one thing
that comes to mind, is written in one word: Riding.
And so we
start in Sweden, since that jam went down first. Martin Fredrikson and Johan
Fahlnaes put it all together, and information on the jam got spread in forums
and guestbooks around Europe. Not one website was left untouched by the Swedes.
And a lot of riders came to. Mostly from Sweden, but a group of riders took the
long road from Norway too. Normally the Danes are the ones that puts together the best party of the
year. But after last years X-mass jam, the Aalborg-crew decided not to held
another jam. The jam in Denmark has always been a party to look forward to.
Lots and lots of riders come from all over just for that jam. And I guess a lot
hoped until the end that it would go down. But it didn’t happen. Hopefully
it’ll come back next year.
Swedish jam, there was no Danes nor Germans present, but those who came to the
town that is most famous for holding the Saab-factory, made up for those who
wasn’t there. The Norwegian crew got to Trollhätan where the jam was to be held
at 2pm, some even got earlier, but the park didn’t open before 2pm. The locals
was there first and soon a group of riders came from Gothenburg, Stockholm and
other parts of the country.
Someones to remember
remember correctly Michael Gäske was one of the first to arrive. And he was
also the last one to pack up his bike, which means that he held up for some six
hours. The old Swede is all about riding. You can see in his face that riding
the 20″ is his life. Michael has style and has managed to progress with the
sport. He doesn’t do any of the circus-tricks, but a Vic Murphy-style flat tabletops
and the cleanest tailwhip-fooplants and wallplants makes up for it. All done
with a smile that only R.L Osborn can compete with.
rider that is always a pleasure to watch is Jimmy Röstlund.
He got style and makes techtricks look easy. The Stockholmer drove
all the way from Stockholm just to take part in the X-mass jam. He to rode most
of the time and also found some good lines in the park. Fakies and transfers
was all done at height and with variations.
Jimmy Norström from Gothenburg which is only 80 kilometers from Trollhätan and has the
whole park dialed. Jimmy does everything at high speed and therefor goes either
very high or very far. In Trollhätan he did both. One of the things he did was
to pull the biggest wallride ever. There is a transition that goes straight to
vert. On top of it, some 14ft above ground, there is a little cable-rail, Jimmy
toothbonked that one. Jimmy also did a 360-whip from the transition to the bank
on the bank-to-wall setup in the park.
Jimmy Norström is, Jonas Malmberg is to be found
too. The pair pushes each other and progresses their riding, even though their
style is totally different. When Jimmy started doing 360-whips, Jonas joined,
and pulled it of first. Jonas also went high on the wall, but didn’t bonk the
rail. He did, however, hit a lamp and smashed it (if I remember correctly).
Somethings tend to be forgotten
Like on my
last trip, I tend to forget a few things. At the Fittja-Jam (that was printed
in Ride UK) I forgot my bike(!?) and had to turn back. In Trollhätan I first
forgot my batteryrecharger, but remembered and turned back. But I forgot my
Text: Trond HusÃ¸