An enthusiastic group of 21 Norwegians were leaving Oslo this week to go catch some of the Tour de France action in Paris. They’re cycling themselves, the whole way.
“We’re a gang who perhaps carry our Tour de France interest a bit longer than most,” Tore Nymann, one of the organizers of the tour from Oslo to Paris, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN).
The group will cycle first from Oslo to Larvik, a trip that takes around two hours by car with no traffic. From there they’ll take a ferry to Denmark and then cycle south through Denmark and on to France. They plan to arrive in Paris at around the same time the Tour de France racers do.
Armed with an escort car and their own massage team, they intend to cycle nine long stages of around 200 kilometers a day. “I’m incredibly fascinated by the Tour de France and have been there to see it as a spectator several times,” lawher Trude Nyberget, age 54, told DN. When she met Nymann and co-organizer Michael Anderssen selling the tour at a travel industry gathering for NOK 18,000 (USD 3,000), “I thought, ‘why not?’ Both my partner and I think this is exciting. At the very least, it’s been a good training goal.”