Speed limit sought for ‘Birken’ racers

Cyclists in the annual race "Birkebeinerrittet" should slow down, according to owners of holiday cabins in the area where the race is held. PHOTO: Birken AS/Geir Olsen

The upcoming summertime cycling version of the classic Norwegian Birkebeiner race, also known simply as “Birken,” is raising some unusual complaints this year from those living and vacationing along the race route. They think the racers are cycling too fast. Norwegians owning holiday cabins (hytter) in the popular Sjusjøen area, through which the race route passes, are the […]

Kristoff third in Tour de France’s final sprint

Norway’s star cyclist Alexander Kristoff finished third in the sprint on the final day of the Tour de France down Paris’ Champs-Elysees on Sunday, ending what otherwise was a disappointing race over the past three weeks. He’s considered dropping “le Tour” next year. Norwegian media reported that Kristoff actually had a chance of finally winning a lap, […]

Norway Cup gets off to a very wet start

Rain was pouring down and temperatures dipped into the low teens on Sunday as this year’s annual Norway Cup, the largest youth football tournament in the world, got underway in Oslo. The tournament is being arranged for the 43rd year and remains popular, with 4,200 matches to be played by a record number 1,639 teams […]

Top skier broke her left hand

Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug, one of Norway’s top cross-country skiers, fell during a training round at Seiser Alm in Switzerland and was due to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Officials at Norway’s national skiing federation downplayed the seriousness of her accident, though. “Therese will undergo a simple surgical procedure at a clinic in Davos early tomorrow, during which two […]

Teammate’s victory takes pressure off Kristoff

Commentators agree that Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff has been under-performing during this year’s Tour de France. After yet another disappointing day on the saddle, teammate Joaquim Rodriguez’ victory in the 12th lap on Thursday helped ease some of the pressure and gave their Russian Team Katusha something to cheer about. “This victory relieves the pressure on […]

Another disappointing day for Norway in Tour de France

Norway’s only two cyclists in this year’s Tour de France had another disappointing day on the road on Tuesday, with Alexander Kristoff finishing 157th and Edvald Boasson Hagen ending in 105th place. Now race experts don’t think either has much of a chance of winning any laps this year. Hagen finished 16 minutes and 40 […]

Norwegians closed in during Tour de France

Both of the Norwegians cycling in this year’s Tour de France came close to lap victories on the fifth day of the Tour de France. Top cyclist Alexander Kristoff had to struggle, though, after his teammates crashed and he was left on his own, if up front. Kristoff was in the lead with just 100 meters […]

Poor start for Norwegians in ‘Le Tour’

UPDATED: Neither of the two Norwegians competing in this year’s Tour de France got off to a good start over the weekend. Both Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen got caught behind some accidents and in a clinch, and couldn’t manage to break free. Kristoff, cycling as captain this year of his Russian Team Katusha, […]

Kristoff saddled up for ‘Le Tour’


Alexander Kristoff is one of only two Norwegians cycling in this year’s Tour de France, which starts rolling on Saturday. He has one of the highest-status starting points for a Norwegian ever, though, as captain of his Russian Team Katusha. “This is both historic and special,” Kristoff’s manager and stepfather, Stein Ørn, told newspaper Dagsavisen on […]

Northug quietly served his time

PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Top Norwegian skier Petter Northug, disgraced in a drunk-driving accident last year, disclosed this week that he’s already finished serving his detention time by wearing an ankle cuff that restricted his movements for 50 days this spring. He also paid a fine of NOK 185,000 (USD 24,000). “I’ve taken my punishment, I’m finished with that,” Northug told […]