Wanna come to Haute Route Norway?
As we near the end of May, my travel and race plans are stepping up a notch. Summer is always the busiest time of year for me but this year I’ve had to be very selective about which events to attend as I don’t want to spend too much time away from my family.
At the end of the week we are all off to Tuscany where I’ll race Tuscany Trail before joining my family for a holiday quite unlike any I’ve been on in years. We plan to splash about in the pool every day, lounge around on the beach, eat in Pizzerias and spend time simply hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. I’m not doing any work on the side, I’m not training and Dave isn’t taking a bike. It’s going to be amazing and historic – our first foreign holiday with our daughter. I can’t wait. And knowing they’re at the end of Tuscany Trail is going to be such a lovely thought to carry with me whilst I ride.
I’ve several more short races planned in the two months that follow (more on those another time) then at the start of August I will fulfil a dream I’ve held for a while now – cycling in Norway.
I’m be attending my first ever Haute Route event, something I’m really excited about. The first ever Haute Route was a seven day event in the Alps, a formidably challenging hybrid of a race and a Sportive that was designed to test you to your limits whilst giving you something akin to the support you’d get at a professional level.
There are team cars, masseurs, nutrition, briefing and videos at the end of the day plus rankings and timed segments so you can try and beat yourself or fellow riders, depending on your competitive spirit. Some people undoubtedly come along with the sole aim of completing the event, whilst others are very much there to win, seeing Haute Route as a straight up race.
The brand has now expanded to a global level and they’ve added not just events in America and Asia, but also three-day trips, which make it easier for people (such as myself) to attend. The impeccable service and challenging routes remain the same across the board.
Haute Route Norway takes place in and around Stavenger, a stunning part of Norway that’s all fjords, mountains and wild, rocky scenery. The video below shows an overview of the roads we’ll be riding as well as giving an idea of just what a dramatic landscape we’ll be riding through. We have to get ferries to there start; how cool is that?
Are you sold on what a great event this is going to be? I have a free entry to Haute Route Norway to give away to a follower, so if you’d like to come and join me in the land of the vikings, head over to my competition page and fill in your details. Good luck!
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m going on this trip courtesy of Haute Route. However, I’m not being paid to promote this competition, I just thought it might be something you would like to join me on.