Norway is known for its vast and rugged coastline, pitted by narrow fjords that lead inland towards steep mountains. But it’s also increasingly becoming known for its cycling – both as a destination and as a nurturer of professional talent – with former world champion Thor Hushovd and Edvald Boasson Hagen hailing from the country. Pair this with a population of just five million, and a road network that reaches deep into its remote interior, and it’s easy to see why the focus of the cycling community is gradually honing in on this Scandinavian kingdom.
Across four days in early August, 11 Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) members travelled from Åndalsnes to Oslo for the second iteration of the RCC Raid Norway. Below, RCC member and photographer Marius Nilsen talks us through the journey – 730km through fjords to snow capped mountains and gravel tracks in-between.