What’s Rye Bike Festival?
Rye Mountain Bike Festival is three days with MTB races in the fun terrain at Langsetløkka in Oslo. Many Norwegian riders consider these courses to be the most enjoyable ones in the Norwegian Cup. For the Elite categories, the festival is a three day stage race. In 2017 the race is 5-7th of May and is an S1 stage race. This is a great race weekend that doesn’t totally drain you, so you can get back to training quite fast.
How do I register and by when?
Register here. You’ll see the race named in Norwegian: “Rye terrengsykkelfestival”. On the registration form the correct dates are automatically ticked for you, but please check. Notice that the Elite category is named differently in Norway, you’ll see the category as Elite senior in the registration form. Ordinary registration is open until, and including, 24th April 2017. Late registration is possible for all categories until 2 hours before start of your category at a higher cost, but riders who register after the ordinary registration are not seeded for the first stage (a time trial). To register late, use the link provided above or go to the Secretariat on the arena. The Secretariat has a terminal for card payments.
Where can I find information?
You’ll find all necessary information about the race in the invitation. We keep the invitation updated, so it is THE source for information. If you need more information, contact the race manager (the email address is in the invitation).
Think about it — three Scandinavian category 1 races in one go!
- Start in Fiskum, Norway, for the C1 race Fiskumrittet on 30. April 2017. This race is part of the Nordic Cup.
- Drive to Oslo (60 minutes) to prepare for Rye Bike Festival 5 days later.
- Train on great single tracks and an abundance of gravel roads in the fantastic woods surrounding Oslo. MTB map has very good coverage of the trails in Oslo.
- Race in the S1 stage race Rye Bike Festival 5–7.May.
- Wind down after the festival with varied training in Oslo and perhaps some sightseeing in Norway’s capital.
- Drive to Sweden and Vårgårda for the C1 race weekend there 13-14th of May (about 3 hours). This race is part of the Nordic Cup.
There you go — three opportunities to earn UCI points in Scandinavia in just 16 days!
Can I survive in Norway without speaking Norwegian?
Yes! Everyone here speaks English. Norway never dubbed foreign movies, so we’ve been exposed to a lot of English.
Getting to Oslo and away
By air — Fly in to Oslo airport. It’s outside Oslo, in the town Gardermoen. Efficient public transportation runs directly from the airport in to the city (train and bus) and takes about 35 minutes.
By train — Arrive at Oslo Central Station. From there you’ll find public transportation, or a taxi, to your accommodation.
By car — There are several routes to Oslo, most include a ferry either from Germany or Denmark. Use a route planner to pick the route that’s best for you. Tip: If you drive via Rostock and take the overnight ferry (Stena lines, Direct ferry, TT line) to Trelleborg in Sweden, you can travel while you sleep.
Getting around Oslo
Oslo is a compact city and is surrounded by woods and the fjord. You can bicycle from the King’s palace in downtown Oslo and to the arena of our festival in about 35 minutes. Public transportation is efficient, see https://ruter.no/en/ for information.
Booking.com, Hotels.com, and AirBnB are your friends. We’ve listed some of the closest hotel options in the invitation. Prices can vary depending on hotel campaigns, note that the prices are different on weekdays and weekends. Use Google Maps to find out how far away the hotels/apartments are from the arena, use “Oset, Oslo” as the arena destination in Google Maps, or the address “Midtoddveien 34, 0494 Oslo”.