The last day of our tour is here. The previous ones went too fast and the weather seem to think the same. It was raining the whole night and morning in Hokksund. Today the last stage was around 100 km, but we decided to change the route just some minutes before leaving in heavy rain. The whole tour we had no real accidents and we wanted to get everyone safe to Oslo. So we cutted down the route and went for a 75 km ride with some elevation in the region around Oslo.
Luckily the rain stopped after just a few kilometers and the sun came up for us. Again the Norwegian nature/landscape showed what it has to offer, even in more populated areas. The clouds and morning fog were hanging deep in the hills that surrounded us. The stage was relaxed even when there were some short and steep climbs every now and then. Everyone had fun and besides the traffic jam we hit around Oslo it was a eased ride. As we arrived in Oslo we felt great and couldn’t believe that we rode from Hamburg more than 1200 km to finally end up in Oslo. Crossing Denmark, Sweden and minor parts of Norway. Our support/film crew was awaiting our arrival at the Opera House in the Oslo Harbor and it was kind of our personal Champs-Élysées as we climbed up to the highest point of the Opera House.
We made it.
Proud, exhausted, happy, sad, ease of mind, energized… so many different feelings in a few moments while looking at Oslo. The time sadly went fast, we had the best team we could wish for, made new friends and help each other in every situation. No big problems and no drama. Together we achieved something special and many of us wished to just continue riding together and see more places.
Maybe next year….
After a shower we went to Grünerløkka and had some burgers and milk-shakes in the Nighthawk Diner. Awesome place and the best choice for having the last evening together.
Thanks to each and everyone for making this trip special!
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A cold monday morning in the south of norway. The sun was gleaming through the trees and we where expecting some exciting road cycling today. Today we had the choice of two routes. One with approx. 145km and significant elevation and a shorter and less demanding one with around 100 km.
Our group splitted up and started their journey. I took the longer route together with four other riders and it was one of the best choices we made during this trip. This stage had everything we love about cycling. Climbs, descents, stunning landscapes, sunshine and of course awesome teamwork to get everyone home safely.
This stage started with a lot waves, ups and downs among norwegian forrests, which was a nice challenge to start the day. We had a lot of fun, but were also happy to have our break, some coffee and pancakes while crossing the Oslo Fjord in Moss. This short transit gave us some time to relax and prepare for the second part of our route. We left the ferry in Horten and it seems that we now really entered Norway! A massiv and demanding climb just bid welcome after some kilometers, but the effort was rewarded directly – a perfect view at the Oslo Fjord while sweating and pedaling.
This was just the beginning, we passed by lakes on the right and left side of our route and the nature around us made us speechless. It feels like cycling is less exhausting when riding on less ridden roads and enjoying exceptional impressions. Sadly the kilometers flew by and the stage ended on our last campsite right next to a river in Hokksund. The rest of our crew was already waiting for us, they arrived just some minutes before us. We took the chance and sat down at the river and enjoyed the sundown while having some beers, until we set out to get some food at the local chinese restaurant.
Awesome ride, thanks to Paul, Chris, Jan and Ingo for riding this route with me.
The 7th chapter of our journey brought us from Kungshamn (Sweden) to Sarpsborg (Norway).
Weather forecast was good and we had no worries that something can go wrong.
On the 7th stage it was like a daily routine to pack everything together, have breakfast together and roll out together. Could be worse. Besides rolling the swedish landscapes, we also had a guest rider for some kilometers. A really fit over seventy-year old guy who rides 30 km everyday to stay in shape. That’s something to take inspiration from. All in all we had a good ride about approx. 150 km, had some trouble with the routing in the end, but finally found our way.
Crossing the Norwegian boarder on a larger bridge over a fjord and leave the second country behind us, was a great moment. On this stage we had three minor accidents, with riders mostly just falling of.
Sadly one accident was a bit heavier with a bruised hand, but after first aid we could continue without any problems.
The last 15 km saw some rain and we all got wet. Personally I liked it because this gave some more energy for the last pedal strokes to get under the hot shower on our camping site.
Same procedure as every evening. Shower, relax, eating together and go to bed early.
Slowly the feelings get mixed up a bit. Excitement about the journey so far and what might comes next, but also some sadness that there are just two stages left to ride.
Tomorrow we will cross the Oslo Fjord with a ferry and discover Norwegians nature in their best way! Hopefully!
Again the knee hurt today, but managed to get the whole stage done!
Two stages left, shut up knee.
There we are. Sweden!
We had a great night and a good breakfast in our hostel in Gothenborg.
The sun was already shining on us and we were curious about the coming 155 kms of the 6th stage.
Kungshamn was our destination for today.
We started and after just a few kilometers we entered the swedish nature. The first ferry for today helped us cross a small fjord and showed us this regions beauty in the best possible way. We had empty side roads, ups and downs the whole day and also some short gravel roads.
The sunshine was guiding us along shores, forests and small villages. The car drivers in sweden seemed to be much more relaxed than those in denmark. The only honks we received where to cheer us and with friendly waving hands!
We also entered a small harbor city to have a larger break with burgers, pizza, salat.
The ride was awesome, but we had several flat tires and events that causes a loss of time. The sun was already gone and darkness covered the roads of our last kilometers. But we managed to get everyone home safe. We pumped up our tents and cooked some noodles. Everyone was excited after this great day. I’d might be the best route most of us had ever ridden.
Thank you sweden!
This stage was about 160 km long, I forgot to start my garmin, but rode the whole tour. My knee still hurts but that’s not reason to stop pedaling. As Jens Voigt used to say: Shut up legs!
Today was a frantic stage. Our ferry from Frederikshavn to Göteborg was booked for 1400. So we had to arrive at the harbor by no later than 1330. But there where around 110 km for us to ride and so we sadly had to get up early. At 0830 the whole camp was packed and the ride began. It was a quick transfer ride without any special events. But as always we had several flat tires which costs us time and in the end, we made it to the ferry exactly in time with around 45 minutes left until the ship puts out to sea.
We had 3,5 hours time to relax at the ferry, got some food and chilled under deck.
As we finally arrived in Göteborg, we directly went to a cycling shop (CykelCity), to get some spare parts and made our way to the hostel. This is the first hostel we will spend our night in.
We all where happy about a real bed, as we were really exhausted.
We just rode across the whole country of denmark by bike within 5 days.
The end of this day saw one group leaving to Göteborgs City centre to get some food there and stroll through the nightlife, while the other group cooked something in the hostel.
We are finally in Sweden and we can’t wait to start our first stage over here.
The 4th stage saw us riding one of the longest stages from Ringköbing to Nibe.
It had everything road cycling has to offer, not weather-wise but mental-wise. The first kilometers were really easy and a good roll-in. But again the danish car drivers showed that they are not really fans of cyclists. Endless kilometers on much used highways with little to no side stripe or bicycle lane. So many danish car drivers honked at us and missed our group with just centimeters. After a longer break at the haven the mood was much better and we continued our ride. The end of this stage brightens everything, with it’s awesome scenery, lakes, wide landscape views and of course, the sundown when we rode the last kilometers around a lake, where our camping site was located on. Luckily our team van was already there and the crew managed to completely built up our camp.
The whole team went to Nibe after relaxing a bit and we had a great diner together to end this day.
I managed to ride the full stage, approx 171 km! Sadly I had massive knee pains for the last 80 km again. Thanks to Paul and Danny to get me through the last kms.
As a cyclist, especially when you are on a longer tour, the weather plays a great role. Sure there are clothing and technical options for every situation, but you still have to ride and cope with it. Luckily the weather seem to like our Tour de Skandinavia and so it stays wonderful most of the time. The third day makes no exception. Again, we tried to get up as early as possible, had a foggy breakfast together and packed our van. We are getting used to this daily routine and got the job done quickly.
Our route guided us to the dykes again, where we had to ride some gravel roads. Those caused flat tires again, but we are getting used to it. At least it gives some time to check out the surrounding and landscape.
I rode the full stage, approx 154 km!The beautiful view at the waterfront and to our first longer stop behind Esbjerg shortens the waiting time.
Entering Esbjerg we where amazed by all those mansions directly at the beach and the road right next to it. In a small village behind Esbjerg we took a
shortlonger break and enjoyed some coffee and cappuccino next to the beach.
It was hart to leave and continue our route. The rest of todays route was characterized by strong head and cross winds, the stronger riders battled it out for the rest until we splitted in different groups for the last 15 kms and finished with our prefered speed. In my case – I rode a 32-35 kmh pace with Henne, had a nice conversation and a ice cold coke. Probably the best way to end a stage. With just some minutes behind the last riders arrived at the camping site and we cooked some noodles together, drank some beers and faded away the evening.
Tomorrow will see our longest stage, let’s see how this will turn out.
Well, the first day was full of rain and not really the best start. But we were looking forward to the 2nd stage and the first boarder to cross. The weather forecast was way better than yesterday and it proved to be right, a beautiful sunrise behind our tents helped to get up early and start our stage.
Even our mechanic and faithful driver Luke wanted to get on a bike. So we changed the driver, Ingo took over the steering wheel, and Luke started with us. Sadly after just 15km he got stung by a wasp and had to break up the stage. The rest of the crew continued the stage and we rode our route to Denmark. Besides 4 (!) flat tires, both of our camera guys riding 75km of the stage and crossing the boarder with the best weather we could wish for, nothing really happened on this stage.
I rode the full stage, approx 151 km!
We arrived at our camping site as we planned and splitted up in groups – one prefered a fresh burger meal and the rest was cooking some noodles.
In the end we all were tired after this long stage and went to bed early.
There is another long stage to come…
Finally the day was there, after two month of planning, many things to keep in mind and a lot work – 16 people where meeting for breakfast in the heart of Hamburg.
The excitement was visible in every face and everyone just wanted to start our journey.
After setting up all the bikes, packing the van for the first time and getting ready for the first stage – it also started to rain.
The first approx. 130 km where really wet and nothing you’d expect from a vacation trip. But the team battled it out with the elements. Sadly I had to resign the first stage after approx 75-80 km, being in the lead for the first kilometers and with a hurting knee, I decided not to exaggerate. There are more stages and kilometers to come. But the route compensated for everything.
As said above, I rode just 80 km of the 120 km of this first stage!
We had some wet cobble stones, empty field roads with great pavement, sheeps and in the end the north sea, the dykes and also the sun bid welcome to use while we arrived at our first camping site.
In less than 15 minutes our eight Heimplanet tents where set up and our home for this night was prepared. A shower, the bikes where cleaned, som warm cloth and we made our last stop for this day and visited a weird italian pizzeria to get some food.
Let’s see what the 2nd stage from Büsum to Skaerbek has to offer. The weather forecast looks pretty good so far….
What a weekend. It took some days to get everything back to normal and check out the snapshots we made during the Berliner Fahrrad Schau, but this finally is the quick recap of the weekend.
We had the chance to share a booth with our friends from Benu Bags and many more.
Cycling is for children of all ages!