Norway is known for its vast and rugged coastline, pitted by narrow fjords that lead inland towards steep mountains. But it’s also increasingly becoming known for its cycling – both as a destination and as a nurturer of professional talent – with former world champion Thor Hushovd and Edvald Boasson Hagen hailing from the country. Pair this with a population of just five million, and a road network that reaches deep into its remote interior, and it’s easy to see why the focus of the cycling community is gradually honing in on this Scandinavian kingdom.
For the Rapha Cycling Club, Norway was the perfect destination for one of the regular weekends of riding organised for its members. Fifteen cyclists from the club’s international chapter gathered in Åndalsnes in the Romsdalen valley to ride the 650km to Oslo over a long weekend in August, on a route devised by Norwegian member Marius Nilsen. With no greater aim than the pursuit of adventure, the group was met with steep passes, remote dirt roads, and inclement weather – all typical elements of a ride in this region. Photographer and long-distance cyclist Johan Björklund was among them to document their four-day journey.
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