Who are we?
We are a Danish family, who want to explore the world with our kids! First stop will be the Philippines, but we are planning to travel around Europe in our van – with our mountainbikes joining us.
We are: Katrine and Jakob, and our two girls are Sofie and Lærke.
Why this site then?
Where to go with your mountainbike? There are numerous trails all around Europe (and Denmark), but definitely not all of these are made for kids! We want to explore different trails and see, if we can find those, who are also interesting for children. Whether the kids are on their own bikes, or they are just having fun in the surroundings. We could use this information as parents, so now we have decided to bring you that information.
But the blog will be much more than this. How is it to travel with kids? And how is to to travel with hyperactive parents, who are always looking for the next trail? Can we unite our interest for mountain biking with our interest for traveling? Sure we can. But can we bring our children into that equation and still unite all of our interests and needs? We hope so…
BTW, the three letters ‘MTB’ can be seen as so much more than being short for mountainbike. In our case they could mean:
Man, wife and kids Travels with Bikes or:
Molly Travels with Bikes and family…
So for each chapter in our lives, it could mean something different, but there is no doubt that mountain biking is going to be a huge part of this site…
Sofie was born a beautiful day in the beginning of February of 2013. She came into the world with no rush, and so she continued her life – never in a rush but with a creative mind and a walk that makes any gymnastics coach envy.
Loves people but has grown to be more concious about who she lets in – you need to earn her trust.
Shes one big muscle and loves gymnastics, jumping the trampolin and mountainbiking (or so her parents says), but she loves being creative just as much and has a patience that makes her mother envy her
Lærke was born in April 2015 and so is two years younger than Sofie. She does not see it that way… What Sofie can do, Lærke can do – according to herself.
She is the mood spreader of the family and always makes people laugh. She has a warm heart and gives compliments to everyone – including herself.
Because Sofie is strong and agile as an Olympian, we tend to forget about Lærke’s abilities, but in reality she is probably just as strong and definitely more stubborn…
Lærke loves “hygge” – the Danish term for coziness. She loves sitting on the floor doing puzzles or playing games, and then she actually loves biking.
Hi my name is Katrine, or Kat, as most of my friends call me.
When I was a kid, my parents often said – you have 2 gears, either you run around or you sleep.
I’m no professional mountainbiker, but I love it and I’ve been doing it on and off for 13 years.
I used to love riding fast and didn’t feel I had been out, before I felt the taste of blood in my mouth 😉
Getting older (not wiser) I have come to enjoy just riding for the fun of it – even the more downhill and technical elements are becoming my friend. I have often said things like I’ll never ride a 29″ or use flats and many more statements like that – Jakob can confirm that 😉
Now I ride 29″ with flats and love everything about it. So I’m quit the politician – I have an opinion, until I have a new one 😉
Besides MTB I’m a big fan of hot Inferno Pilates, yoga, dodgeball, soccer, skiing and just sports in general. I also love relaxing (hense the two gears), a great cup of coffee, white wine, sushi and Dhal.
I’m a peoples person and I find all kind of people interesting – where are they from? What’s their story? I believe that curiosity and an open mind will get you far in this world.
I went to Greenland two years ago and that experience did something to me – It made me want to be closer to nature, and so here we go…
When I’m not persuing this dream, I work as a health and movement consultant in the second largest municipality of Denmark – it’s called Aarhus. I have worked with developing movement and movement skills among children age 0-18 år and right now I’m the project manager of Movement for Life, Aarhus.
I have a saying that I like to use “kompetence knubs” which translates badly, so I’m looking for a good sentence – hit me if you have one. I believe that kids need to use themselves and learn by trying. Climbing a tree offers so much learning. We have become too afraid that children will hurt themselves that we have deprived frem doing many of those things – like climbing trees (high trees) and riding bikes at an early age. I believe (and PhD Ellen Beate Sandseter agrees) that children will only go as high as they can manage and exploring that and feeling the rush, when it’s a bit dangerous will make them stronger both mentally and physically.
MTB facts and my recommendations:
I ride af Santa Cruz Tallboy – it is without a doubt the best mountainbike experience, I have ever had – that bike upped my game by 200 %
My favorite mountainbike area in Denmark is Silkeborg – it offers tracks for everybody, and the scenery is absolutely stunning.
For a weekend gateaway I would recommend Slettestrand. We had our wedding there last year. It offers great tracks, technical elements and you can end the stay with a dip in wild west-coast ocean. They offer great organic and local food all topped with a family feeling that is very special.