Video: Svein Tuft explores his new backyard in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains


In “Finding Home”, Svein Tuft explores his new garden in the Selkirk Mountains

There is comfort to be found in the familiarity of home, but seeking new routes and exploring new attractions is where adventure begins.

After retiring from the pro peloton, Svein Tuft and his family left Europe to return to his childhood home of Langley, BC. But they were always looking for something else, “this piece of land, this piece of openness.”

So last fall, the Tufts lifted the sticks and moved to Nelson, BC. A small mountain town nestled in the Selkirk Mountains in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. Founded as a 19th century logging and gold rush town, Nelson struggled in the 1980s when the local sawmill closed. It was saved by a group of visionary locals who thought its unique lakeside location could be a magnet for outdoor adventure seekers.

The long winter gave Svein plenty of time to plan an ambitious 400km tour that included four major cols and more than 8,000 meters of climbing on forest roads and trails that wind through the vast southwestern ranges of British Columbia. Filmmaker Matthew Clark also took part in the ride, capturing the epic drives through Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park and Valhalla Provincial Park, the struggle over Drinnen Pass and the views from Idaho’s iconic peak.

The resulting film, “Finding Home,” documents these explorations and the incredible backcountry landscapes while catching up with Svein’s thoughts on life after the peloton and balancing the thirst for adventure with the to be the father of a young and growing family.

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