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Emil Johansson: MTB New Zealand video/interview

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Some issues are well worth the wait. Like attending to journey in and discover one of the vital beautiful and mountain bike-friendly nations on this planet. It took MTB slopestyle high-flyer Emil Johansson three journeys to the attractive nation of New Zealand earlier than he may correctly discover a few of its best driving places and trails. Now utterly hooked on the place, Johansson’s wanting to style extra after spending time in and round Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island.

Hit play and watch Johansson work his magic in Queenstown within the video above.

A visit to New Zealand is well worth the hassle

Johansson travelled to New Zealand to participate within the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle competitors in each 2017 and 2019, nevertheless differing circumstances on these journeys put paid to him driving something apart from the Rotorua course.

Johansson admires the surprise of his South Island environment

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“It was so exhausting to simply watch. I had such bike abstinence. I simply needed to come again and really journey,” Johansson explains.

There isn’t any scarcity of beautiful landscapes in and round Queenstown

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You may relive that historic Crankworx run right here:

Emil Johansson’s successful slopestyle run – Rotorua

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Queenstown is the stuff of mountain bike goals

There may be, in fact, an insane quantity of driving spots everywhere in the nation, however for a first-time explorer, the Queenstown area was the perfect start, a spot the place the driving alternatives really feel infinite.

Queenstown has all of it

Emil Johansson poses for a portrait during training at the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship 2020 Stop 1 in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 05, 2020.

Emil Johansson

Mountainbike Freeride/Slopestyle

Johansson explains: “Queenstown has all of it. There’s the downhill bike park, Skyline, with a gondola that takes you to the highest and there is the BMX and Grime bounce paradise Gorge Highway that is being taken care of by native BMXers. I additionally went to go to Frew Farm, a dream vacation spot that I’ve seen so many instances in MTB films. Then, in fact, there’s all of the sick path driving within the city’s surrounding hills. Principally, there’s every part for everybody”.

Emil Johansson within the Gorge Highway playground

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You are by no means restricted to only one bike

For the journey to New Zealand, Johansson introduced a slopestyle and downhill bike from his bike sponsor, Trek, however wished he’d taken extra with him to correctly discover all the probabilities.

There are not any limits to mountain biking, particularly in Queenstown and New Zealand typically

Emil Johansson poses for a portrait during training at the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship 2020 Stop 1 in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 05, 2020.

Emil Johansson

Mountainbike Freeride/Slopestyle

“The beauty of mountain biking is that you simply don’t should ‘lock your self’ into one particular style,” explains Johansson. “If, for instance, it rains sooner or later and you may’t journey filth jumps, there is no have to cry, simply seize the downhill bike and shred trails all day as an alternative. Or if it’s too windy to journey large jumps, simply head into the woods and journey a technical steep single monitor. There are not any limits to mountain biking, particularly in Queenstown and New Zealand typically.”

Emil’s simply as cozy on the DH bike

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It is so peaceable

There are clearly perks to driving in New Zealand that don’t simply embrace all of the sick trails – just like the bike tradition, the insane landscapes and the friendliness of the locals. One factor that particularly stands out to Johansson is that you simply’re not more likely to encounter animals which might be a hazard to people. To Swedes, whose scariest animal is a wasp, that feels very reassuring.

“There’s one thing about New Zealand that jogs my memory of residence. The massive landscapes, the far in-between cities, the quietness. In fact Sweden isn’t as unique, however, I don’t know what it’s, it simply jogs my memory considerably of residence,” says Johansson.

Nothing like residence, however identical to residence

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You may’t go away with out making your mark

Johansson’s plan after Crankworx Rotorua was to movie in New Zealand for a challenge that had been at a complicated stage within the planning, however then the world all of a sudden went right into a shutdown and the challenge was cancelled, with restrictions on journey in place.

“I made a decision to profit from the scenario. I used to be enthusiastic about having the ability to journey outdoors for the primary time in ages (because of the Swedish winter) so I used to be super-eager to create a driving edit of some form.“

When issues do not go to plan, make new plans

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As Queenstown is filled with riders and has a very cool bike neighborhood, Johansson rapidly bought in contact with two native filmers and bought entry to a privately owned driving path. The trio got down to movie for a few days and make the perfect of the unusual scenario. The end result? A driving edit the place Johansson will get to indicate off his abilities and present that he is rather more than a slopestyle rider.

“It’s a step I’ve needed to take for some time. I really like driving every kind of MTB, particularly my downhill bike, so it’s good to capable of have extra than simply the slopestyle bike in focus.”

Driving bikes from nightfall until daybreak

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So, if you happen to haven’t but, it’s time to hit play and watch Emil tear it up in his newest edit. Oh and go to New Zealand if you happen to ever get the prospect!

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