Skatås in Sweden reviewed

Posted by Paul​ Walton on May 10, 2009 0 comments

We met Nisse in the Skatås trail car park and began to unload the bikes after all the introductions!
My wife has a life long pen friend in Sweden named Eva. And from time to time, either Eva will come over to the UK to visit, or my wife will go to Sweden. Eva invited my family to stay with her and now husband Mattias in Gottenbourg. Knowing that I like to ride mountain bikes and wanted to check out the trails. Mattias got in touch with his friend Nisse, also a mountain biker to ask if he would like to show me the Skatås trail. Mattias also hired out 2 mountain bikes for us.

We met Nisse in the Skatås trail car park and began to unload the bikes after all the introductions! The bikes were really heavy with v-brakes and a seat like a razor blade, but ride-able."Well my bike was ride-able" But then I picked the best of the two! Nisse's bike's chain kept coming off due to the gears being out of alignment. This made riding for Nisse more of a pain in the ass than my bike did for me!

The Skatås trail was quite wet and very technical which I found challenging and fun,The Skatås trail was quite wet and very technical which I found challenging and fun, it allowed me to ride aggressively and at some points leave Nisse way behind. But this was probably only due to that fact that Nisse had not ridden for some time and because of the condition of his bike!

The trail had huge slab like rocks in our path going up and down, but this did not deter me or slow me down. Even though my heart was racing so fast I thought it was going to plough through my chest! When Nisse caught up he asked me if I ride in competition, I was astounded by this question and answered with "No do I look like I do!" He looked at me with puzzled eyes and I returned the puzzled look.
Later I thought my response to Nisse maybe was confusing to him due to the tone I may have used (or maybe he just didn't get that I was fishing for a compliment...lol). Sorry mate, it wasn't meant to come out like that. Maybe I had nothing better to say with being taken aback a bit with your question!

Nisse forewarned me about some kind of bugs coming off of the shrubs on to my skin, and to make sure I check myself when showering up! I'm not sure if he was playing me but I was more concerned about the huge ants in the area! (however we did find that Mattias had picked up a tick in the forest when we all got back to the apartment...eugh..)
At one point I stopped on the trail where it was layered with bark, cut from the trees. As I looked at the bark, I noticed that the ground was moving. Upon closer inspection I realised that these huge ants that I had been worried about so much were riding the bloody trail with me. Needless to say, I did not hang around!! I'm NOT a bug person....hhhmmmm...why do I go out and ride a bike again?????!!!!

The Skatås trail was a tough loop that needed a lot of work on the maintenance side, but definitely got one's heart racing with it's slab/rock obstacles, crazy lines and "bloody HUGE ants!"


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