Rendalen is turning into a rain forest. Photo: Per Olav Mathiesen

Rendalen is turning into a rain forest. Photo: Per Olav Mathiesen

Building a solid foundation for the Viking Tour in July started great with a few weeks of optimal volume sessions in the Seattle area in April, in humane temperatures. But that was it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photo: MWC2015

Photo: MWC2015

Russia was quite a trip. Literally. The northern Russian tundra provided cultural, logistical and athletic adventures far beyond the typical Worlds race trip with the team. There was whole new dimension to the project this time. I now understand why the sports events visa to Russia falls into the “Sports Relations – Common Humanitarian” category on the formal visa application form. Read the rest of this entry »

Engadin - CC EthreonThe world’s biggest skate race “The Engadin Skimarathon” in Switzerland is expecting 13,000+ racers on Sunday, March 8. A part of the 2015 FIS Marathon Cup, some of the best long-distance skiers will battle for the podium and valuable points in the overall cup, while most of us will fight our own battles for a personal best on the 42-kilometer course. No matter the ambition: the event features one of the most pristine and spectacular race courses on the international ski marathon schedule! Read the rest of this entry »

Rakt upp logoThe race organizers sure weren’t kidding when they named this baby. The mass start footrace in Fagernes, Norway, features almost 400 meters elevation gain over 2.9 kilometers. But the course statistics reveal only half the truth.

The course opens with 1 kilometer flat, fast running from the city center start, winds along the river to a residential area. From there, it climbs, but no steeper than cars can handle on icy winter roads. After all, the residents have to be able to get in and out of their driveways.

The real hill and the bulk of the 400 meters elevation gain starts at the end of the blacktop, with 1200 meters to the finish! I had passed a few runners on the initial approach, but when the course entered the single-track it was really getting interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

All smiles! Learning a lot, including that a hard tail would not be the equipment of choice for 4hrs of single track! Photo: Kent Murdoch

All smiles! Photo: Kent Murdoch

Mountain biking is all about flow. And where else can you ride along the rim of a volcano crater at 7500 feet altitude for miles ad miles, on single tracks and almost alone? Try Central Oregon.

Newberry Crater and Paulina Peak are one of several single-track routes in and around Bend, Oregon. While a lot of mountain bikers flock to Moab, Whistler and Colorado, Oregon offers trail systems and natural wonders that rival the best in the world. It’s a real diamond in the rough, and almost vacuumed for people between Labor Day and June. Read the rest of this entry »

Gotthard Pass. Foto: Privat

Gotthard Pass. Foto: Privat

Even Chiodera fikk ikke tatt seg ut nok under Norseman Xtreme Triathlon i fjor sommer, og fant en utgave i Sveits med langt mer motbakke på sykkeletappen.

Ellers er Swissman mye likt som i Norseman: Kaldt, vilt og ekstremt. Men 7km på sokkelesten opp brosteinspasset var ikke en del av løypebeskrivelsen. Read the rest of this entry »

Christina Eide Foto: Privat

Christina Eide Foto: Privat

Christina Eide fra Brøttum klokket inn på 14:22, og slo løyperekorden med 12 minutter.

– Jeg er ganske stolt. Det var veldig gøy, sier Eide beksjedent etter det 430km lange brutalt bratte rittet fra Lærdal til Sogndal via Filefjell, Fagernes, Valdresflya, Lom, Bøverdalen og Sognefjellet.

– Jeg kjørte med sterke folk fra start og tenkte at i den sterke motvinden var det bare å klore seg fast til vi var over Filefjell og nedover etter det. Og plutselig var vi på Fagernes, sier Eide, som ikke hadde noen ambisjoner om annet enn å gjennomføre da hun stilte til start. Read the rest of this entry »