A dream comes true...
Tour de Skandinavia – Day 1
1. Stage – 01.09.14: Hamburg – Büsum / 130 km
We’ve been dreaming of a tour like this as long as we’re on our bikes. A tour with our best friends, a tour with a small crew bus to carry our stuff, a tour in the nature. So when we walked over the alps last year we decided that we needed to do one big trip every year from now on and it was pretty clear that bikes would be involved. So we just said „Let’s ride from Hamburg to Oslo“.
Since we founded the RAD RACE we met so many great people and one of the truly greatest was Sebastian from AURORA. He not only helped us to design our cycling collection he was also a great inspiration to us in many other ways. So to cut a long story short: he also dreamed of a tour like this and in the end he was the last piece of the puzzle that was missing to plan a tour like this. It took quite some time to get it all planned and work out the track route and all the 5000 other things you can think of to get 16 bike addicts on the 1.200km to beautiful Oslo.
The past few weeks though haven’t been easy for us. We had our races in Hamburg, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt just within 3 weeks and we just got back from the Bergfest yesterday night 1:30am. We were soooo tired and wouldn’t really believe that we’ll make it on this trip.
But we made it! We’re sitting here after stage 1 of 9. We’re so fucking happy and we’re just soooo stoked that we’re finally on our bikes. 90% of the first stage was just pure rain, wind and we were all wet just after we left Hamburg. The 2 on fixed - Gunja and Flo - perfectly made it through the whole day and it’s just sooo great to have them with us. Unfortunately Sebastian concentrated on filming a little bit too much and was lost in the rain after 70K or so... His knee hurts too. So let’s hope his knees make it to Oslo.
Urban and Paul have a side bet going: It’s 100€ for the one who rides more kilometers to Oslo. If it’s a tie until the last day, the hundred bucks go to the one who passes the Oslo city sign first. So far they both have 130K. We’ll keep you posted!!
The best thing of the whole day though were the last 20-30K. It stopped raining, we hit the beach and we witnessed a beautiful sunset. We were so damn cold but a hot shower in the middle of fucking nowhere saved our asses.
So while I am typing this I am lying in my Heimplanet tent and I hear 15 people snorring, farting, laughing, I hear bottles of beer and I hear some prayers for the sun to really come out tomorrow.
If you wanna read more, check out the AURORA Blog from Sebastian!
We’ll hit Denmark tomorrow after 150-160K.
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