24.07.2010, Rjukan-Geilo (123.8 Km – 2025 m)
[Pictures] Nice first day of cycling. Although we passed some small fjords the landscape is still very alpine. The climbs are not as bad as feared. The ascent to Imingsfjell was supposed to be the toughest climb of the day, but with an average of 7% and quite some turns it was only a matter of finding the right pace. The three smaller hills thereafter were much harder, both for the increasing number of kilometres in the legs and for the less scenic straight roads. The touring class had the privilege of starting about 45 minutes ahead of the racing class and being among the first riders in that category I was allowed the feeling of leading the race until the second feeding station. At the end my time was the third among the touring class riders, but in the racing class I would have fought hard for the black jersey. Now it’s time to rest, stretch an apply a lot of Perskindol on my sore legs. Time to recover for tomorrow.
23.07.2010, transfer to Rjukan: about 2.5 hours transfer by bus from Oslo. Water is everywhere in Norway, but horizontal water is difficult to classify. It’s hard to tell whether what you see is a lake, a river or the sea (a fjord). Classification of vertical water is more straightforward: a waterfall is a waterfall! Mt. Gaustatoppen overlooking Rjukan is really impressive and will be the final climb on the last stage.