TANELI ROININEN


Where are you based?
I am based in Helsinki, Finland, or at least I used to be. I am currently on a two and half year world tour, so currently my home is where my tent is pitched! The tour started from Finland in October 2014 and ends to Finland in 2017. 

 

Where's your favourite place to ride?
Scandinavian Lapland is just incredible, the whole year round. In the summer it is a paradise to explore new gravel roads and squad trails and enjoy the untouched wilderness. In the winter there are thousands of kilometers of snowmobile trails going from a wilderness hut to another, just perfect for fatbike winter touring. 

 

What type of riding do you like to do the most?
I rarely do short trips at all and I never ride a same road twice, when it comes to bike touring.  For me touring is about exploration and getting to isolated and remote places. I do a lot of gravel roads and like to have tires with a lot of volume to allow me to get off road as well. In addition to biketouring I enjoy fixed gear mountain biking, too.

 

How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I often plan ahead with maps by spotting the smallest roads and trying to connect them to find an alternative route from A to B. I used to tour with a large scale map and without a GPS, which was fun and often rewarding, but now I feel I could not live without my GPS anymore. Might go back to the old school way one day though!

 

What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I am currently touring with Fujifilm X100 with an wide angle adapter.

 

What destination would be on your riding wish list?
There are many routes but the Pamir Highway and the Great Divide are pretty high on the list. I am privileged to do them both on this trip if everything goes according to my plan.

Generally there are many Himalayan regions on my wish list too, such as Karakoram, Kashmir, Sikkim and of course, Tibet (which currently is a closed for biketourers). When I will be riding to Asia next time from Europe, I will definitely do it through Siberia.