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Into The Wild – Going North With JDA

Bengt Stiller

Into The Wild – Going North With JDA

Mountain Biking Collection by Bengt Stiller

13

Tours

85:17 h

1,166 mi

44,000 ft

Once through Sweden - towards the Arctic Circle, by bike!

This sentence occupied me since my early youth, more precisely since the beginning of the nineties. A lot of time has passed since then, several tours in southern Sweden have taken place, but the dream of really getting "all the way up" was still in the air.

As chance would have it, I met Jonas Deichmann about a year ago here in Berlin at one of his lectures. He knew about my photographic work and that as an athlete I had also done quite a bit in the ultra-endurance sector. So he approached me quite directly and it didn't take long until he said: "Bengt, let's go on an expedition together. Phew, what an announcement! To be honest I just thought: Boy, oh boy, can I keep up with that guy...

Nearly one year passed by and a few rejected ideas later it was finally time to go to Sweden! Bikepacking as far as our feet will carry us, that was our plan. Then this journey took its course...

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Into The Wild – Going North with JDA

1,160 mi

40,500 ft

40,375 ft

Last updated: March 8, 2022

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  • 07:43
    107 mi
    13.9 mph
    3,375 ft
    2,975 ft

    Jonas and I had the following plan: He had gone to Gothenburg the weekend before the start to visit friends. Since I would be arriving by ship in Trelleborg on Tuesday morning, we wanted to meet in the forest south of Jönköping. So to roll a good 250 kilometers in each case. That seemed doable.

    

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  • 07:02
    91.3 mi
    13.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,575 ft

    So we started the next morning in Jönköping. With Jonas it became clear that a meeting point in Jönköping would be possible in one or two days. Dismantle the tent, put on coffee, a small breakfast - the normal morning of a bikepack.

    

    Svartasjö also showed its best side in the morning. Only that there weren

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  • 01:44
    22.0 mi
    12.7 mph
    450 ft
    825 ft

    I'll keep this day short: Meeting point Jönköping, city center, close to the university was agreed with Jonas. There we finally got together and I was able to form my own picture of Jonas Rad. It can be clearly seen that no tour would be possible. Therefore, rest days were still the order of the day

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  • 07:32
    112 mi
    14.9 mph
    2,750 ft
    3,350 ft

    Now the time had finally come: we could start, together! With two functional wheels. :)

    

    The spare parts for Jonas Rad had arrived and we were able to find a wonderful mechanic who helped Jonas get the bike back into shape. And so finally nothing stood in the way of our trip.

    

    The “compulsory break” meant

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  • 06:56
    88.1 mi
    12.7 mph
    3,850 ft
    3,325 ft

    It would be a bit monotonous to describe the days through the forests of Sweden anew. But the hut, which suddenly appeared in the forest along the way after a good 25 kilometers, was something that at the end of the day would have been described as a direct hit: a table, two benches, even a mini oven

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  • 08:11
    112 mi
    13.7 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,200 ft

    What I actually didn't really get used to during the whole trip was the abundance of light. As is well known, we were out and about on the longest day of the year in Sweden, where with the right weather - and we had - the day doesn't want to end, or the night doesn't actually start at all. I like to

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  • 05:55
    68.1 mi
    11.5 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,675 ft

    I just say: Fjäll! So there we were. Right in the middle there instead of just. What it means in Swedish by “Fjäll”, translated “mountain”. For us this meant a solid forced march in the constant fight to keep feet dry, repelling mosquitoes and looking for a few kilometers to drive.

    

    When we had worked

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  • 04:21
    63.5 mi
    14.6 mph
    1,850 ft
    2,025 ft

    The big day was ahead! Maybe I should say a few words about what the plan of the trip was for both of us.

    

    Jonas plan was to use Scandinavia as a training camp over the summer, if you will. His next big adventure was imminent and he wanted to be prepared for it. To circumnavigate Germany in 16-fold triathlon

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  • 07:30
    112 mi
    15.0 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,625 ft

    Ritsche, ratchet, rustle, rustle. "Jonas, are you awake?" - "Yup, let's go," came the message from the neighboring tent.

    “I'll see you in about two hours,” Jonas called to me and slowly disappeared into the water.

    

    So much swimming time we had to reckon with, an exact measurement of the targeted swimming

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  • 04:05
    51.6 mi
    12.6 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,000 ft

    Between the wild Ironman and the onward journey there was a day that we used separately to regenerate and to fix our respective further travel plans. Jonas had more plans in Scandinavia and I had to return to Germany the following weekend at the latest.

    

    After we had fixed that we would drive together

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  • 06:42
    85.4 mi
    12.7 mph
    4,675 ft
    5,025 ft

    It was a great day! We landed really solidly in the “Fjäll” again, pushed our bikes a few kilometers through the thicket, but in the evening we were grateful for every kilometer we had made. Jonas legs were back to full capacity, I had to admit quite impressive.

    

    We especially remember the meeting during

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  • 07:34
    113 mi
    14.9 mph
    5,400 ft
    5,425 ft

    Farewells are never nice, I think. Jonas and I had to say goodbye today, there was no other way. I wanted to get to the train to Älvsbyn on time and Jonas wanted to continue to Norway to film - we just had to turn differently.

    

    We didn't quite get to the Arctic Circle, but we had so many sun-filled days

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  • 10:02
    141 mi
    14.0 mph
    4,800 ft
    5,425 ft

    To be honest, I set out very late in the day to tackle the final kilometers ahead. Just under 230 were left. The weather had been modest in the morning, which is why I only packed up my things and started rolling when the onset of drought.

    

    So off we went north. On the previous day I honestly had a lot

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    1,166 mi
  • Duration
    85:17 h
  • Elevation
    44,000 ft

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