best of velonode

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




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




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




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




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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