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Three years of Velonode is just about to get wrapped up.

Velonode has been exciting in many ways but the most extraordinary thing about this whole project is our amazing contributors that has materialized our visions and made all incredible stories that capture action and emotion.

Our last editorial story is about them. Our beloved contributors. Thank you.


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Diego Cagnato
Our overseas friend. Diego Cagnato has been with us since the very beginning. Few people are so easy-going and friendly as Diego and he’s put a silver lining on many of our days in the office with his kindness and talented work.

Through his large network in South America, Diego has been able to give us a large following by a group that we would otherwise have struggled to reach. Gracias!

In our very first editorial issue, we were able to publish Diego’s “We Cyclocross Too” story, which wasn’t just a huge success but also a great starting point for three incredible years.

Explore our favorite stories by Diego Cagnato:
– In my own words: Cross Dystopia
– Gallery: Pride and Survival
– In my own words: Picture Paracycling


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Kåre Dehlie Thorstad
Kåre is one of our star photographers and we’re so glad to have been with him on his journey. We’ve seen this bearded Norwegian develop himself and his work and we’ve seen him go from unknown to celebrity.

Out of all our stories, Kåre has captured some of the most noteworthy images we’ve gotten to work with.

Kåre has been shooting races all across the world, big and small, and always seem to catch the movement of individual or peloton.

Explore our favorite stories by Kåre Dehlie Thorstad:
– Gallery: Türkiye Delight
– Gallery: Ladies Tour of Qatar
– Gallery: Arctic Race of Norway


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Carl von Arbin
The undercover rockstar. Carl is a member of the indie-rockband Shout Out Louds and one hell of a guitarist. And after looking at his photography, we’re ready to say that he’s one hell of a photographer, too.

Carl has shot a few editorial stories and it’s some of our favorite captures of all time.

And while we absolutely love Carl’s captures of Paris-Roubaix, Velonode is about so much more than the grande tours and spring classics. Carl has captured both races and boutiques over our three year long lifespan.

Explore our favorite stories by Carl von Arbin:
– Travel: Cyclisme Paris
– Gallery: F2: Roubaix
– In my own words: Roubaix Remembrance


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Niklas Schelling
And then there’s Niklas. There’s so many things that we would like to say about this young and incredible guy. First of all, this kid is tough. He’ll do the most incredible adventures (like riding from Africa and home to Norway) or loop around the north sea. Sometimes even alone.

We’re sure this kid’s soul is more experienced than most of us’ because he’s coming up with these (seemingly insane) journeys and fulfill them one after another.

Despite his young age he’s a talent with the pencil and is able to single-handedly create incredible editorial content.

And while on the topic of Niklas’ inspirational dedication and rides, there’s a few that instantly grabs our memory.

Explore our favorite stories by Niklas Schelling:
– En Route: Wildcat Adventure
– En Route: North Sea Loop
– En Route: Songa


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Ian Stuart Walton
The wordsmith. Every time we’d be waiting for a story or mail from Ian we’d be excited. He can make even the most casual mail feel like an excerpt of a Shakespeare play.

We’ve seen him grow artistically with his photography work and even though we’ve haven’t met him (yet) it feels like we’ve known him since forever.

He is living in Spain and has crafted some of our favorite write-ups about portrait stories and World Tour racing. Ian has a very unique aesthetic and is easily recognized with his motion- and emotion-dense photography.

The following stories are a few that we find ourselves re-reading over and over again.

Explore our favorite stories by Ian Stuart Walton:
– Gallery: Strade Bianche
– Gallery: Le Grance Boucle
– En Route: Ventoux & Bonette


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Katja Fëdorova
Living under the pseudonym Cykelkatten (Bikecat for you English speaking people), Katja is all about the adventure and the experience and she’s very much connected to her own thoughts and feelings, making her an amazing writer that can really document the feeling of being on your bike, in joy or in suffering.

Considering Katja’s signature cycling style – explorative randonneurism, it doesn’t come to our surprise that she doesn’t think a 300k Sunday ride is a big deal.

Explore our favorite stories by Katja Fëdorova:
– En Route: Hills, Foxes & Legs
– In my own words: Let Dalsland Shake Again


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Johan Björklund
There are few other people capable of shooting on-bike pictures like this Swedish guy. Johan’s pictures are instantly recognizable with his signature aesthetic that captures the tones of nature with a mesmerizing, landscape-style shot.

Johan is also an amazing randonneur and has a very impressive Strava account with some insanely long rides.

Johan also founded the event Dalsland Runt, initially just catching the interest of few brave souls. A few years later, the event is sold out every year with cyclists from all of the continent coming up to Sweden to experience beautiful and grueling gravel.

Explore our favorite stories by Johan Björklund:
– En Route: Tour de Dalsland*
– Brevet: Atlas Borealis Sverigetempot


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Hagen Bender
Probably the fastest geologist on earth. Despite studying and spending lots of time doing field work, this young german manages to somehow stay incredibly fit and is always a pleasure to ride with.

Besides his love for rocks, Hagen is also an creative soul that is great with words and love the explorative cycling, hosting events and writing great editorial pieces.

Explore our favorite stories by Hagen Bender:
– Guide: Sub-Zero Survivalism
– Gallery: Twelve Hills
– En Route: Arterial Road Brilliance


Thank you.

Collect – Curate – Connect.

The Velonode Team

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When we first launched the Velonode Beta over two years ago our vision was to create something new and unique. Something that would bring relief to the information-flooded cyclist.

We had an idea of Velonode as a platform for distilling content, data and trends and to give it back to cyclists who wanted to find that epic local road, that unique jersey or the the perfect way to take a bike photograph.

And with our new filters, our members would escape the noise and only see what was truly relevant to them. And in contrast to every other social platform, the members would essentially be curating their own channels, the other way around.


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Explore “Paris-Nice” by contributor Kåre Dehlie Thorstad

Our motto “Collect – Curate – Connect” was taking shape. We were energized and had our sleeves rolled up.

We believed in the idea so much that it seemed obvious to us that anyone – and everyone – would want to join in and share their knowledge for the greater good of all cyclists, knowing that some day, the favor would be returned.

At first, things rolled quickly. During the year of birth, we had already been mentioned in the press as “the Spotify of cycling” and had gathered the interest of many incredible people willing to call themselves Velonode Contributors.

We were getting stores from every corner of the cycling universe and were getting the content other platforms and brands would dream for. And we were giving it away for free.

Things were really intriguing. And I think we were all enjoying the excitement. We were getting to know new and interesting people each day. At the time, our biggest problem was keeping up with all the action.

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Explore “Le Grande Boucle” by contributor Ian Stuart Walton.

And things kept rolling. We were able to do better and better content ourselves and new ideas of an e-commerce integration emerged.

We visualized a dual-concept store that would house both our own creations as well as an curated division that would be the home to all products we found interesting and unique. Up to this point, we didn’t have the possibility to give back to our contributors the way we wanted.

But this was all going to change. We thought of the shop as a perfect way to give something back – in terms of a generous discount to our generous contributors.

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Explore “Stelvio Ghosts” by contributor Diego Cagnato.

The e-commerce construction was initiated and so was the approaching of possible partners.

But then came our first epiphany. Our grande ideas wasn’t getting the positive response from the corporation-side of cycling.

Our ideas of marketing, selling and shipping products weren’t traditional. They were new.

Not to the e-commerce market as a whole – but to cycling. We saw a market in change and a market that could benefit of reinventing itself to be more customer-driven, because that time is coming.

Perhaps we were a bit ahead of our time.

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Explore “F2: Roubaix” by contributor Carl von Arbin.

We continued to work with our incredible contributors to find and produce interesting and unique stories from the biggest and smallest events.

And the love for beautiful content was constantly praised by people who came across our work. It gave us energy to keep working hard.

So our channels kept growing. We’ve always been headstrong with how we wanted to keep the site – clean and relevant. After some internal discussions a courageous decision to keep the site ad-free was taken.

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Explore “Atlas Borealis: Sverigetempot” by contributors Julius Z. Strömberg & Johan Björklund.

Later on we began to explore the possibilities of creating advertorials with the brands we wanted to work with. In our eyes, we had an attractive concept of editorial experience combined with a unique possibility for brands to reach out to the micro-trends and markets they wanted via our influential contributors.

Brands could work with us and get high-quality content spread into the micro-trends and subcultures they wanted to appear in without having to search for – and acquire – the influencers themselves.

We were offering a short-cut to creating powerful advertising while still being consent with our philosophy of always being honest and transparent.

And the response was great. Many of our dream collaborators reached out and we established great relationships with many of them early on. Some even thought our ideas was too good, and decided to copy them and make them their own.

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Explore “Taz Darling” by contributor Emil Rosenberg.

Despite that, we were determined to stay true to our philosophy. We wanted Velonode to become a useful tool we could all use for benefit and fun.

Something we would build together our of a collaborated effort. We wanted to give Velonode to the all the cyclists out there.

But finding unique and creative stories doesn’t always come easy and it’s a lot of hard work. Especially in a community this niche. And so it’s time for us to deliver our unfortunate news…

We’re going to put the Velonode project on ice until further notice but we still believe in our ideas of offering a cyclist-first experience when it comes to knowledge, products and trends.

Our belief has always been to create what the cyclist wanted. Never to shape the cyclist into what suits the industry.

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Explore “Songa” by contributor Niklas Schelling.

Before we go, we would like to express our greatest thanks to everyone that has been involved with Velonode. And especially our incredible contributors. You’ve made our journey worthwhile.

We wanted Velonode to become so much more.

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Collect – Curate – Connect

Sincerely, the Velonode team

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