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With the slogan ‘for most people’, Nordsjørittet caters to the young, the old, male, female, seasoned and beginner cyclists.
asphalt and gravel, before they reach their destination.
Something for everyone To make the race more accessible for beginners and fitness fans alike, Nordsjørittet this year offers both the regular distance and the shorter 45-kilometre route between Nærbø and Sandnes, along with the choice of not being timed. The shorter distance runs within the same route as the main race. “Many have the desire to challenge themselves and try to cycle a race, but lack the stepping stone to aim for in terms of training. We hope to be able to provide them with that goal,” says Ommedal. For youth aged 13 and up, Nordsjørittet also offers a 30-kilometre route between Orre and Sandnes, running within the same roads as both the 91 and 45kilometre routes.
While the race itself runs on 11 June, Nordsjørittet also arranges events throughout the year in preparation for the big day. These events include an evening with a professional cyclist offering technique advice as well as training sessions in Farsund, Nærbø, Sandnes and Dalane in western Norway. If you are about to make the excuse that bringing your own bike is going to be difficult, the team at Nordsjørittet has already thought about it and offers a variety of transportation packages for bikes as well as bikers. “We can also get participants good deals on accommodation in both Egersund and Sandnes,” Ommedal adds.
it is not just the promise of something tasty to line their stomachs that should tempt the cyclists to give an extra push towards the end. In Sandnes, the entire town is watching the race on wide TV screens, eagerly waiting to greet the cyclists with open arms when they arrive. “The atmosphere in Sandnes upon arrival is somewhat similar to the Tour de France: there is music, food and activities for children. The event really gets the entire town on its feet – it is definitely the cherry on top of an overall pretty spectacular experience,” Ommedal says. >
Greeted with open arms “Throughout the race we have four refreshment stations, but after reaching the finishing line we imagine the participants to be hungry, so a hearty meal will be waiting for them,” says Ommedal. But
For more information and registration, please visit: www.nordsjorittet.no
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Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Ace Wilder.