Cycling in Norway
You’ve seen the picture above right?! This week I cycled from Oslo to Trondheim. It was crazy hard but beautiful, cyling in Norway as I expected! It was cold windy, sunny and warm. All what you can think about cycling in Norway were in these days.
On day one after Oslo I took Hamar as point to go. I knew It gonna be hard but I tried to make it. Along the road I could take a cycling route nr 7. It is a Pelgrim path from Oslo and a long time it follows the Saint Olav ways to Trondheim. It was so beautiful! I turned off my navigation and decided to watch the signs to Hamar. I missed one. Just before a mountain. On strava I could see it was a average climb of 8% and my avarage speed of 7.4 kmh! I had to climb 20 minutes and give all the power to keep riding. I climbed up and at the end of the gravelroad there was a dead end! #$%^&! After that I decide to ride down and have a good meal. (couple of minutes and you’re back down haha) I started early so I had time to make a long ride today. In total it was 145km (around 3000HM) when I saw the viking ship on my right side! Wow, look at the pictures where I camped 😀
On dat two the weather forecast was not good. I had to go early as possible bacause it should rain at 11.00. So I woke up early and was on my bike at 6.30 on my way to Lillehammer. With rain and wind in the afternoon I reached the campingplace Elstad just before the real mountains showed up. (124km and 3200+ HM) With my eggs I pre cooked in Oslo I was able to give my body the protain it needed. The next day is was raining whole day and with the big stages the last two days I decided to get some rest.
When I look back the rest was a great decision. It rained the whole day and the next stage was crazy. It started with mountains for breakfast. Mountains for lunch and mountains for diner! In the morning after 4km I had a climb of 9.3km and avg 7%. It took me 1.08 to get up. (avg of 8.1 kmh). See Strava segments of this stage here. I could feel my legs where good and after 90km (3700+ HM) a mett the German guy I mett the day before. I decided to go cycle with him easy to the campsite he would go. After another 60 km (1900+ HM) we reached the camping. Awesome place in between the mountains!
The next day I cycled another day with my German buddy. After 160km it was hard to get in the right pace again. It was a 87km ride with 2000HM. We were on the plateau and had some stunning views! Saw also a couple of reindeers and camped at a beautiful mountainlake!
The day after we rode a couple of km together and splitted up. He rides to northcape so took the ferry and I had go to Trondheim. I reached Trondheim in the afternoon and decide to camp the first night. What a great night. It is midsummer here, and you have to see the pictures below. At night it stays light!
At the moment I’m in an Airbnb apartment in Oslo. Take some rest till friday. Wait for better weather before I cycle up a 600mtr plateau again. The weather is way better in a few days (hopefully it saves me from rain and 5 degrees). Becide that, in 2013 I was overtrained and try to avoid that. Still 4 months to go!
See my route on Strava or Runkeeper!
#TourduEurope total now after 35 days
149.20 hour / min
113 bottles of water