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Emil Johansson: MTB New Zealand video/interview

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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 beautiful and mountain bike-friendly nations on the planet. It took MTB slopestyle high-flyer Emil Johansson three journeys to the gorgeous nation of New Zealand earlier than he may correctly discover a few of its most interesting driving areas and trails. Now fully 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

© Jay French

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

Emil Johansson and his riding companion take a walk through New Zealand countryside in March 2020.

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

© Jay French

You’ll be able to relive that historic Crankworx run right here:

Emil Johansson’s profitable slopestyle run – Rotorua

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Queenstown is the stuff of mountain bike desires

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

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 Dust leap paradise Gorge Street 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 motion pictures. Then, in fact, there’s all of the sick path driving within the city’s surrounding hills. Mainly, there’s every part for everybody”.

MTB athlete Emil Johansson performs at the Gorge Road Jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand, in March 2020.

Emil Johansson within the Gorge Street 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 usually

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 must ‘lock your self’ into one particular style,” explains Johansson. “If, for instance, it rains sooner or later and you’ll’t journey grime jumps, there is not any must cry, simply seize the downhill bike and shred trails all day as an alternative. Or if it’s too windy to journey huge 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 usually.”

MTB athlete Emil Johansson showcases a slopestyle trick in Queenstown, New Zealand, in March 2020.

Emil’s simply as comfortable on the DH bike

© Jay French

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 prone to encounter animals which are 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 dwelling. The large landscapes, the far in-between cities, the quietness. After all Sweden isn’t as unique, however, I don’t know what it’s, it simply jogs my memory considerably of dwelling,” says Johansson.

Landscape view of the mountain ranges near Queenstown in New Zealand in March 2020

Nothing like dwelling, however identical to dwelling

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You’ll be able to’t go away with out making your mark

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

“I made a decision to take advantage of the state of affairs. I used to be enthusiastic about with the ability to journey exterior for the primary time in ages (as a result of Swedish winter) so I used to be super-eager to create a driving edit of some form.“

MTB athlete Emil Johansson talks with a filmmaking companion in Queenstown, New Zealand, in March 2020.

When issues do not go to plan, make new plans

© Jay French

As Queenstown is filled with riders and has a extremely cool bike group, Johansson shortly obtained in contact with two native filmers and obtained entry to a privately owned driving path. The trio got down to movie for a few days and make the perfect of the unusual state of affairs. The end result? A driving edit the place Johansson will get to indicate off his skills and present that he is way more than a slopestyle rider.

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

MTB athlete Emil Johansson performs a slopestyle trick off dirt jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand, in March 2020.

Driving bikes from nightfall until daybreak

© Jay French

So, should you 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 should you ever get the prospect!

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