The making of WEST COAST - A gravel cycling adventure
Our ambassador, Christian Orry, rode in three days from the border to Skagen along Jutland's west coast. A 650 kilometer long adventure, cycling together with changing local cyclists, who each contributed with a unique knowledge of the areas and nature the ride went through. From Tøndermarsken in the south to National Park Thy in the north. From heathland and majestic dunes to windswept fjords and the roaring North Sea. In this blog post, Christian tells about the creation of the movie 'West Coast'.
"The west coast of Jutland has always had a strange appeal to me. The historically tough living conditions in an area of Denmark where one is at the mercy of nature: The constant wind from the roaring North Sea and the vast landscapes inhabited by weathered fishermen and men and women of character, who have adapted to the rough – but alluring – nature.
I have been to the west coast many times, but mostly as small "pinprick" operations as part of holidays and occasional visits. Never in its entirety and never really the southern part of it.
So... it was about time to pack my gravel bike and head out for an adventure.
This time around I figured it was about time to share the experience with others. The great adventures and experiences which comes from traversing landscapes on your bike, meeting different people, seeing new landscapes and conquering terrains, is a thing which simply is too good not to share.
Together with award winning filmmaker Jacob Carlsen, who is an avid cyclist himself (having completed the world's toughest trail race – The Arizona Trail Race – twice). I decided to do a film about a gravel adventure on the west coast of Jutland. We also teamed up with photographer Chloé Lagier. Great team. I was pretty excited!
The idea was to do a documentary film where I would ride from the German-Danish border to the northernmost city in Denmark, Skagen. The 3 days/650-kilometer cycling adventure should be completed with changing local people, each contributing with a unique knowledge of the areas and nature of the journey.
From the Tønder marsh in the south to Thy National Park in the north. From moorland and majestic dunes to wind-blown fjords and the roaring North Sea.
A cycling tale
The film should be a cycling tale in some of Denmark's most unique terrain, and explore the joys of nature and the various motives for loving cycling – especially the kind that takes place off-road.
And so it was. 3 days in May 2020. Me cycling and meeting people in some of the best gravel terrain imaginable on my brand new Dark Matter.
The result of our endeavours is soon to be at the premiere August 20. For now… here’s the trailer. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it."
Photos: Chloé Lagier