One of my favourite routes from Copenhagen is to go around the island of Amager, which is where the airport is located. I can go around the island next to the water for 45km and almost 40 of those are without a traffic light or anything. I can just cruise around and do my thing, looking at the water and at the empty fields, and clearing my head after a hard race or a block of training. A lot of this route is on a bike path and you might see nobody for almost two hours. It is really nice to have that almost on your doorstep.
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Copenhagen has so much to offer. I can go straight out of my door and ride for a couple of hours, passing almost anybody. It would be better if there were mountains too, but I really appreciate that you can also live well here at the same time. Copenhagen has everything I need: I like the atmosphere, and I like the football team. Copenhagen is my city, and I am proud to be a part of it.
Cycling is my life. That is the only thing I have been thinking of since I was six or seven years old. At that time, I went to Forum to watch the six-day races, and I started cycling myself. Today, cycling is the first thing I plan in the morning and the last thing I think of before going to bed at night.
I am a track rider who specialises in six-day races. On top of that, I consider myself a good rider in the peloton in terms of positioning, riding in crosswinds, sprinting and such things. All the things you learn from the track, I have been able to bring along to the road.
One time I try to avoid Copenhagen is between 8 and 9 in the morning. It’s utter chaos! There are so many people cycling to their workplace that I wait to go training after then. It is a bit like riding a cobblestone race in Belgium when you go through the city at that time. There is a battle for positions and everyone goes at full speed.
Copenhagen, and especially Nørrebro and Vesterbro, is a playground for hipsters. The bike has become part of the way people dress and a part of a bigger trend in Copenhagen. It is a bit of a fashion phenomenon that the bicycle and clothing styles fit so well. If you see a woman who is on her way from work, her bike is classic and it fits her clothes. Similarly, you can often see a man on a remodeled track bike in a pair of tight jeans and with a small moustache. The idea is that the bike must fit in with the kind of fashion style one has chosen.
I think what we see with bikes in the city is just the beginning of what has been the idea over the last couple of years in Copenhagen; getting more bikes on the street. The bicycle paths are constantly expanding; they become wider and more spacious and it makes it more enjoyable to ride through the city. I think that in ten years time we will have wide cycle paths on the major roads across the whole city.