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Bikerail 2018 part 1– On Interrail with a bicycle @Interrail ‏

For us who where young in the 1970s, Interrail opened if not the World, so at least Europe to us. Among us young norwegians, some had been visiting Sweden or Denmark (there has for a long time been many ferry-connections between Norway and Denmark). A very few had visited other countries. Cheap flights did not exist at these times. The only alternative was hitch-hiking.

With Interrail we could visit Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Venice, London and other cities and places we had read and heard about, that had been way out of our reach. I spent three summers travelling Europe by train.  We pretended to be travellers, not tourists. But we were of course uninformed and ill prepared amateur tourists. We should go out and discover the world, not go on sight seeing or rely on guide books, like the tourists. If we saw something that looked interesting, we often did not know what is was. And we missed a lot because we were not prepared and did not have good guide books. But we got to see many countries and famous places. We wanted to see as many countries and famous cities as we could, to tick them off on our list of “been there”. It is not a good way to travel.

I have been using bicycle for transport for many years. But I did not go on any long cycling tour before I turned 60. It is one of the things I should have stated to do many years ago. But we cannot rewind the time an live it all over again.

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Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 17: Berne — Finhaut-Emosson

As a Norwegian, I was of couse a bit disappointed when it turned out that Alexander Kristoff did not cross the line in Bern first. I was first before and after the line, but Peter Sagan managed to get his bike across the finish line first. But with him seond, and Sondre Holst Enger third, is not a bad outcome. But You have to be the first to crosss the line, and Peter Sagan was some 3 cm before Kristoff. And I liked that Peter Sagan got another win, rather than his 18th second.

We are still in Switzerland. Monday was rather flat. Today the riders will experience some of what Switzerland is known for: Mountains.

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Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 16: Moirans-en-Montagne — Berne

A Colombian winner over Le Grand Colombier, that sounds right to me. But we have not yet seen any serious attack on Chris Froome.

Today’s stage starts in France and ends in Schwitzerland. It is the sprinter’s last chance before Paris. But between two and one kilometer from the finish, there is an ascent of ca 50 meters. It should not be ery hard. One kilometer with a 5% gradient. But for the typical sprinters, this can be a bit too hard at the end of a 209 km stage. They may not be well positioned when it flattens out with one km to go. As a Norwegian, I am hoping that this could be a stage for Alexander Kristoff or Edvald Boasson Hagen. But it can also suit Peter Sagan, and Greg van Avermaet is a name that once again springs to my mind. Or maybe John Degenkolb. And Berne is Fabian Cancellara’s hometown. Maybe he can get some extra speed from being homesick?

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