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Preparations underway for weekend’s Birkebeinerrittet. Parts of Norway are as effervescent as a recently opened, well-shaken soda in the run-up to what the organizers claim is the world’s largest cross-country cycle race. This year’s Birkebeinerrittet has attracted 17.500 participants and many of them have already arrived. Birkebeinerrittet is 94 kilometer-long physical challenge. All participants are required to carry a backpack weighting at least 3.5 kg throughout the race, and have to turn at least 17 by the end of this year. The race begins in the village of Rena in Åmot municipality in Hedmark, with the committed riders making their way to Lillehammer.

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Preparations underway for weekend’s Birkebeinerrittet

Published on Wednesday, 25th August, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

Parts of Norway are as effervescent as a recently opened, well-shaken soda in the run-up to what the organizers claim is the world’s largest cross-country cycle race. This year’s Birkebeinerrittet has attracted 17.500 participants and many of them have already arrived.

Birkebeinerrittet 2009
Birkebeinerrittet 2009
Photo: Birkebeinerrittet AS


Birkebeinerrittet is 94 kilometer-long physical challenge. All participants are required to carry a backpack weighting at least 3.5 kg throughout the race, and have to turn at least 17 by the end of this year.

The race begins in the village of Rena in Åmot municipality in Hedmark, with the committed riders making their way to Lillehammer.

The competitors don’t treat the race lightly and have already “assaulted” the bicycle shops, observed by some of Rena’s approximately 2,300 inhabitants.

“Birken is important for many, so I’m working from early morning to late evening,” Jørn Tore Mikalsen, a bicycle shop owner in Lalm told NRK yesterday.

He’s putting in long hours to meet the demand in the 316-strong village just across the border in Oppland County, so that participants can have their bikes ready for the competition.

For some contestants, it’s all about having their bike in the best shape so they can win the race. For others, it’s to do with pushing their own limits.

“The aim is to be really tired when I reach the finish-line, I don’t want any technical problems, I’m also going to be cycling a tactical race and, of course, win against myself,” said Christen Tellefsen, whilst waiting in the repair shop for his bike that had a minor glitch.



Published on Wednesday, 25th August, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: birkebeinerrittet, rena, aamot, oppland, hedmark, lalm, lillehammer, bicycle, cross-country, race, competition.





  
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