I cannot tell you how how tough the last day was. It rained cats and dogs the whole night. We heard the rain outside and we just prayed to the bike god that it would stop. But it didn’t. It just got worse and worse.
After breakfast we had to make a decision and we chose "safety". We constructed a shorter route to Oslo that has only 80k and 1000meter altitude. The other option would have been to ride 122k in full rain and that just would have been too risky. We were already pretty much destroyed after 1.255.000 meters in our legs.
So we packed ourselves in the thickest outfits we had with us and started the stage with 10 riders.
It rained and rained and rained and it only stopped after 20k or so.
But it stopped and the sun was with us for the rest of the day, just how it almost was for the whole trip. Thank you sun! We owe you big time!
The track itself was not too special but it had some highlights. The longer route would have definitely been the more spectacular option... But fuck it. We wanted to make it to Oslo in one piece.
The best and for some the shittiest part of the whole track was the altitude on the last part of the stage. Almost 600meters up within 15k or so...
And when we least expected it, the Oslo city sign appeared. It was right there when we just thought it would be great to finally arrive since our legs hurt, everything was cold and wet and the moral of the crew wasn’t at its best. Oslo was right there when we needed it the most.
I can only speak for myself here but when we climbed the opera (if you ever make it to Oslo, grab a bike and cycle up that big white thing) it was truly magic.
1.335km earlier we started in Hamburg and 9 days later we arrived in Oslo.
We made it with our own feet and our own bodies and all we needed was a bike. It is something completely different to travel with a bike and I think Jan said ist best: „I don’t really care that I am in Oslo or wherever. It was all about getting there.“
Thx guys for being on this amazing trip with me. It was a truly epic experience and I don’t wanna make it a one in a lifetime thing. So gear up for 2015. I hope we will be back for another „Tour de...“ next year.
The Rad Pack!