The women’s cycling version of Norway’s Birkebeiner races resulted in a dramatic victory for Borghild Løvset over the weekend. She fell and lost the seat on her bicycle, but still managed to win the race by a margin of seven minutes.
Løvset won the 54-kilometer race over the mountains from Rena to Lillehammer with a time of three hours, three minutes and 44 seconds. “Right now I feel like this victory means everything,” Løvset said when it was all over.
She explained to race organizers that she got off to a “great” start, found a window of opportunity just before Skramstad and pulled out in front. But then she collided with a man during the terrain phase of the race and the seat broke off her bike.
“I thought ‘now it’s all over,’ ” she said, but she was able to keep going and won in the end. The men’s race was won by Erk Nordsæter Resell.