Londonderry / Amsterdam – 14/12/23, 19:00 CET – Velocio, Scott, SUUNTO, and Haglöfs bring you “Ride To Ski,” a 37:25-minute adventure short film by Mikko-Pekka Karlin, documenting an adventure bike-packing trip through the Alps in the search of fresh powder, beauty, and fun by bike. The film is viewed through the experience of three female athletes: Henna Palosaari, Sami Sauri, and Malva Björkman.
The trip begins in Innsbruck, Austria, and they make their way towards Riva del Garda, Italy. The film includes as much skiing and snowboarding as possible along the way. Watch them cover 426 kilometers of cycling and 8 140 meters of climbing over this nine-day ski touring adventure.
Paradoxically, the first challenge of the trip was to find actual snow, as climate change has impacted the ability to count on fully-packed winters. Indeed, that was at the core of their bike-packing idea: with less snowy winters, could the mighty Alps become a landscape for combining disciplines?
This short film brings a clear answer: the future is also inclusive when it comes to outdoor sports disciplines, bringing new ways of exploring landscapes. With the mighty bike as the primary vehicle, it proves to be the most efficient way of transportation, reducing climate impact and total energy/km without a doubt.
It was late February in Innsbruck. Henna sat at her desk, browsing the map to see what destinations were close by, destinations with great skiing opportunities that could be easily reached by bike. The winter in the Austrian Alps had been the worst in living memory. The usual endless fresh snow had been replaced by grass and mud. Normally, at this time of the year, we were too busy to enjoy the powder days in the snowy resorts to even think about wasting this precious time riding bikes that could do plenty over the summer months. This year was different; it was time to slow things down and finally see if combining two sports, bikepacking and snowboarding, could actually be truly enjoyable.extract from article
- Henna Palosaari– @hennapalosaari
- Malva Björkman– @malvabjorkman
- Sami Sauri– @samisauri
- Director, editor, sound & color grading: Mikko-Pekka Karlin– @mpkarlin
- Cinematography, stills and logistics: Richard Buchner
- Producer: Henna Palosaari
Velocio was founded in 2014 with the launching of a women’s collection. Since then, its approach has been driven by three pillars: creating better garments, committing to a higher standard, and creating community.
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Velocio is the only member of the 1% for the Planet organization in the cycling industry.