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djm
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Location: Norway

by djm

I spent four days last week in Lærdal, Sognefjorden in Norway on a training camp with friends. We'd driven by car to Øvre Årdal to avoid tunnels and then commence our rides Friday and Saturday.

Friday crossing Tindevegen (50-1300 m) with its relentless incline and switchbacks, then descending to Turtagrø, Fortun and Skjolden in another part of the Sognefjord, heading back to Turtagrø and then over the Tindeveg back to Øvre Årdal. Lots of beautiful scenery, some of the most beautiful views in all of Norway.

Saturday we were to do the same ride almost, but with threshold efforts. After about five hours in the saddle I managed to crash on the final descent. In one of the 13% switchbacks I've been told I lost all my grip and crashed. I can not remember a thing of it, nor the visit at the local ER or having dinner with the boys in the evening. I didn't really come to myself until the morning after when my short term memory returned. I was still not remembering all from the past two weeks, and the previous 2-3 days were all just a blur. Fortunately I was given proper medical care and taken well care of by my friends. Not sure how I would have managed on my own and in a country like Spain were so few can understand English.

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Towards Skjolden.

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Also towards Skjolden.

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One of many beautiful waterfalls. This one in Utladalen nearby Hjelle.




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On my way to Tyin, looking down at Øvre Årdal. The last thing I can vaguely remember, a couple of hours before my crash.


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I took a photo of myself after the crash. Can't remember it! I look somewhat distressed.

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Routier
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by Routier

^^^^^ Sounds scary, like you say it's a good job you had people with you to help.


From today and a few days ago

From Eccles Pike looking over to Combs Reservoir
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twigstim
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On top of Reddish Knob- Harrisonburg VA

basilic
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Location: Geneva, Switzerland

by basilic

djm, take care of yourself, and all the rest you need after a concussion.

I rode early today to beat the heat, drove to Taninges a did a loop (cols de Joux Plane, Joux Verte, Encrenaz, Ramaz)
Joux Plane:
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The last switchback, view of Mt Blanc and aiguilles de Chamonix
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Joux Verte
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Descending Ramaz
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my computer said 38C at the end

DrGalactus
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Cracking ride Gromit!
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prendrefeu
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by prendrefeu

@DJM - :shock:
@Routier - :shock:
@Basilic - :shock:
@twigstim - :D
@DrGalactus - :lol:
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GASer
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by GASer

Figure of Dionysus, an ancient Greek god, sculptured with copper leafs and fit on the rocks, near a festival area on the mountain of Psiloritis, spotted during yesterdays MTB ride.



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jvanv8
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by jvanv8

djm, some beautiful roads in Norway and I think at least one of those often turn up on various 'Most Amazing Roads in the World' lists. Shame about the digger, hope it turns out ok. But give Spaniards some slack, I found many were quite familiar with English. Compared to Northern Continental Europe and Scandinavia it probably isn't very impressive though.

Joux Plane & Mont Blanc, jaw dropping no matter how many times I see it.
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ultyguy
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by ultyguy

djm- glad it wasn't more serious in the end. keep a close eye on things though as effects can linger longer than you think.
basilic- yeah, mad hot. did the saises with some friends and it was nearing 40 in Megeve.

djm
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by djm

jvanv8: Already feeling better and going for a short ride to see what happens today :-)
I wasn't meaning to be disrespectful of the Spanish. It is me who should be able to make myself understood in Spanish rather! But I was very happy for this to happen on a ride with caring friends, and not when I was out alone, which I am most of the time. It took a long time before I was able to tell where I was and what time was. I couldn't even answer the doctor's question of who Norway's prime minister is (which of course I really do know..).

Thanks ultyguy! Very happy aswell. Very happy my helmet shielded me from further injury. I've been at complete rest for almost a week, and it is fun to see how fast my road rash can heal when I am not training and racing. After crashing last year healing what has now healed in a week took at least two weeks.

Also; WOW. There are some beautiful photos in this thread. It is great to look at them all.

Alloted 10 mins at the computer spent.. off I go! :-)

exotec
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by exotec

todays Tour from Seeboden to Nockalmstraße Kärnten/Carinthia

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Schiestlscharte
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Eisentalhöhe 2042m
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below the motorway A10
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back in the hotel I had to see the following :-(
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ultyguy
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by ultyguy

Sunset on Mt Blanc from Col de la Faucille, pic does this no justice. Came over the rise and just dropped my jaw.
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wobbly
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by wobbly

^^^ more or less the view from my office right now...it's a clear sky down the valley towards Mont Blanc and I will be making the most of the National Holiday tomorrow :)

ultyguy
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by ultyguy

You going to Sion for the Vin des Valais? Unfortunately, I can't go, but reckon it'll be a great day for it.

GASer
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by GASer

An interesting piece of machinery, no idea what it used to do for a living!



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An artificial lake and a damn, up on the mtns of Rethimnon


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Connecting rides through small villages


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