Cycling festival became a fiasco

It was fun while it lasted. Bergen’s much-hyped hosting of the cycling world championships last fall went from a dream to a nightmare, with its top officials blamed for “shocking incompetence” regarding its financing. Now the organizing firm Bergen 2017 AS has been declared bankrupt and Norway’s national cycling federation faces a budget deficit of NOK […]

‘Bergenese’ launch own cycling bailout

Thousands of the proud residents of Bergen, who often identify themselves as “Bergenese” instead of simply “Norwegians,” were clearly upset to hear that organizers of their city’s wildly popular cycling world championships last week are now facing major budget overruns. They’ve spontaneously started sending in donations themselves, to help fund a bailout. “Before 9am today […]

Hangover sets in after cycling party

The party is definitely over in Bergen, and the hangover looks likely to be especially painful. The national cycling federation (Norges Cycleforbund) that hosted the cycling world championships this past week was facing bankruptcy on Monday, literally run over by huge budget overruns. The president of the federation, Harald Tiedemann Hansen, confirmed to local newspaper Bergens Tidende […]

Kristoff irritated by silver in cycling

An estimated 100,000 fans on the streets of Bergen cheered loudly, but Norway’s Alexander Kristoff was irritated that he didn’t win the cycling world championship race on home pavement on Sunday. Kristoff placed second to Peter Sagan of Slovakia after what’s been called one of the closest races of all time. “I’m both glad and […]

Cycling fans ‘go wild’ in Bergen

Norwegian sports fans are known for being enthusiastic – waving flags, ringing cow bells, painting their faces and cheering loudly. Those turning out for the cycling world championships in Bergen this week have outdone themselves, creating such pandemonium that police felt compelled to step in. “I’ve never experienced anything wilder,” Norwegian cycling star Edvald Boasson Hagen […]

Birkebeiner bike race loses racers

Norway’s annual Birkebeiner race for cyclists will be rolling over the mountains east of Lillehammer once again this weekend, but with far fewer participants. Registrations for the race have fallen by almost half over the past two years. Even if another thousand cyclists were to sign up before Saturday, their numbers would be down around […]

‘Tour de France’ may extend to Norway

Some powerful forces are reportedly at work to bring some opening stages of the Tour de France to Norway in 2022. Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil may help finance the effort that would show off Norwegian scenery to the rest of the world. Norwegian website procycling.no reported this week that Statoil is keen to fund […]

Finally a Norwegian victory in ‘Le Tour’

Edvald Boasson Hagen finally pulled off a Norwegian victory in the Tour de France on Friday, the first since 2014. After several photo-finishes that left him just so close, the 30-year-old Norwegian knocked out everyone else. Hagen had been frustrated, and well aware that his chances of winning a stage in the world’s greatest cycling race […]

Hopes still high in Tour de France

The three Norwegian cyclists taking part in this year’s Tour de France haven’t gotten off to the winning start they’d hoped for. They all thought they stood a chance of winning one of the early stages, and none had as of its fourth day, but they weren’t giving up. Alexander Kristoff, Norway’s top cyclist at present, was the […]

Cycling stars quarreled after World Championship loss

Norway’s two top cyclists, Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen, wound up at odds with one another this week after Kristoff blamed Hagen for all but ruining Kristoff’s chances for winning the World Championships in Qatar over the weekend. Kristoff accused Hagen of trying to win himself, instead of backing up Kristoff. Hagen flatly denied […]