Thor Hushovd is considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time. Among his merits are winning The UCI Road World Championship and several stages of the Tour de France. He takes a rare break to talk about his preferred rides all over Norway that feature what he loves the most: untouched nature.
How much do you look at nature when cycling?
“A lot. I like how cycling gives the opportunity to reach totally new places. I am a curious guy, who take great pleasure in anticipating what type of landscape I will discover around the next bend. Luckily, I am capable of staying extremely focused on my cycling, while enjoying sights along the road”, says Hushovd, who also stresses the importance of being well prepared. Read more about safety on the roads.
“In Norway, there are sometimes long distances between services. But that’s part of the charm, and makes the trip all the more rewarding. A combination of good planning and local expertise is the key to eating and sleeping well at the end of the day”.
How do Norwegian cycling trips measure up to Europe’s more famous routes?
“Cycling here is rewarding thanks to the degree that Norwegian nature is raw, powerful and untouched”, Hushovd explains. “I like to ride in my native area, the southernmost parts of Norway, with its numerous islands, peninsulas, rocks, reefs and other natural wonders. Further west, cyclists can enjoy dramatically deep fjords surrounded by mighty mountains and the spectacular Atlantic Road. In Northern Norway I recommend the various stages of the Arctic Race of Norway, the world’s northernmost cycling race.”
How accommodating are Norwegians?
“In the countryside of Norway, you can ring almost any doorbell for help, and coffee will be served immediately”. Hushovd points out that most Norwegians have a welcoming attitude towards cyclists, since this type of transportation has become a rising trend in Norway.
Any ultimate advice for cycle enthusiast visiting Norway?
“First and foremost, cycling should be fun. In Norway, there are many opportunities to have a good time when planning ahead. After all, most cyclists are performing on a hobby level.”
When will you go cycling with your family?
“Well, my eldest child just learned to handle a bicycle without support wheels, so I believe there will be many opportunities for us to cycle around Norway in the near future.”
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