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Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Contest #5 - Battle of the North

As many of you knows, in 2021 there will be a new Women race of 10 days, the "Battle of the North"

According to the rules
The event is expected to include 10 days of racing in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. It will also combine three existing races: the four-day Ladies Tour of Norway, the one-day Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden, and the Danish stage race PostNord Danmark Rundt.
What I want from you is to create the men's race. So a race of 10 days going in these three states (Denmark, Norway, Sweden).

The type of the race can be what you want. Can be a race for puncheurs, for classic riders, for GC riders and so on. The important is to present unique route showing the territory.

Would not give you more constraints on it, but I suggest you to look past races in these zones to find stages you can do.

Race shall end on a sunday. You are allowed to insert a rest day only between stage 5 and 6 (not before, not later) in case you need a transfer.

Deadline will be June 27, h 23.59

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Are we talking about a race in august to enjoy a nice summer weather ?
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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benoît.guillot wrote: 08/06/2021, 10:52 Are we talking about a race in august to enjoy a nice summer weather ?
Yes, no weather problem. Assume best weather conditions.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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emmea90 wrote: 07/06/2021, 20:51


Race shall end on a sunday. You are allowed to insert a rest day only between stage 5 and 6 (not before, not later) in case you need a transfer.

If a rest day is inserted, does the number of stages have to be reduced from ten to nine?
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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mauro wrote: 09/06/2021, 11:05
emmea90 wrote: 07/06/2021, 20:51


Race shall end on a sunday. You are allowed to insert a rest day only between stage 5 and 6 (not before, not later) in case you need a transfer.

If a rest day is inserted, does the number of stages have to be reduced from ten to nine?
Still 10, start will be one day before in this case.
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Ecco la mia corsa. Come periodo di effettuazione ho scelto il mese di giugno perché ho stabilito, per il motivo che leggerete, di far disputare la tappa conclusiva di Bergen in tardissima serata (nella cittadina norvegese a giugno il sole tramonta alle 23). I giorni di gara sono 11, perché ho inserito un riposo tra le tappe svedesi e quelle norvegesi

Here is my run. I chose the month of June as the period of execution because I decided, for the reason you will read, to have the final stage of Bergen run very late in the evening (in the Norwegian town in June the sun sets at 11 pm). The race days are 11, because I inserted a rest between the Swedish and Norwegian stages

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June 10, 2021 – 1st stage: Billund (Legoland) – Vejle (177 Km)

La prima tappa presenta alcune colline nel circuito finale che potrebbero non impedire l’arrivo in volata, ma sicuramente sfoltiranno il gruppo. I 1200 metri al 7.3% del Munkebjerg, il “muro del mulino a vento” di Vejle (400 metri al 12.4%) e lo strappo dell’Horsensvej (800 metri al 6%) a 4.5 Km dall’arrivo respingeranno qualche velocista, categoria che in questa edizione della “Battle of the North” nelle tappe a lei dedicata dovrà fare i conti con finali che presenteranno sempre qualche insidia.

The first stage features some hills in the final circuit that may not prevent the sprint finish, but will certainly thin out the group. The 1200 meters at 7.3% of the Munkebjerg, the "windmill wall" of Vejle (400 meters at 12.4%) and the tear of the Horsensvej (800 meters at 6%) at 4.5 km from the finish will reject some sprinters, category that in this edition of the "Battle of the North" in the stages dedicated to her will have to deal with endings that will always present some pitfalls.

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June 11, 2021 – 2nd stage: Horsens - Storebæltsbroen (Korsør) (196 Km)

La seconda è solo all’apparenza una tappa facile, ma potrebbe rivelarsi molto più complicata del previsto. L’ho disegnata pensando alla seconda tappa del Tour de France del 2015 che si concluse sull’isola artificiale olandese di Neeltje Jans. In questo caso a una quarantina di chilometri dall’arrivo si imboccherà lo Storebæltsbroen, opera costituita da due ponti realizzati tra il 1988 e il 1998 per collegare l’isola di Fionia a quella di Selandia. In particolare in cima alla breve salita del “ponte est” ho collocato il traguardo volante ad abbuoni: sarà un momento ad elevata intensità agonistica nel quale il gruppo potrebbe spezzarsi sotto l’azione del vento. L’attraversamento del braccio di mare che separa le due isole è lungo quasi 17 Km; una volta tornati sulla terraferma, nei rimanenti 25 Km si correrà comunque sempre a breve distanza dal mare e il rischio di fratture nel gruppo sarà così sempre presente

The second is only apparently an easy stage, but it could turn out to be much more complicated than expected. I designed it thinking about the second stage of the 2015 Tour de France which ended on the Dutch artificial island of Neeltje Jans. In this case, about forty kilometers from the finish, we will take the Storebæltsbroen, a work consisting of two bridges built between 1988 and 1998 to connect the island of Funen to that of Zealand. In particular, at the top of the short climb of the "east bridge" I placed the flying finish line with bonuses: it will be a moment of high competitive intensity in which the group could break under the action of the wind. The crossing of the arm of the sea that separates the two islands is almost 17 km long; once back on the mainland, in the remaining 25 km you will always run a short distance from the sea and the risk of fractures in the group will thus always be present

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June 12, 2021 – 3rd stage: Slagelse - København (Holte) (175 Km)

Anche la terza tappa propone un finale adatto ai velocisti, ma non semplicissimo. Si dovranno affrontare tre giri completi del circuito di 14 Km che ospitò i mondiali di ciclismo del 2011, vinti da Mark Cavendish, e poi altrettanti giri di un circuito di 7.5 Km ricavato da quello dei mondiali ma epurato dei tratti più veloci.

The third stage also offers a finish suitable for sprinters, but not very easy. You will have to face three complete laps of the 14 km circuit that hosted the 2011 cycling world championships, won by Mark Cavendish, and then as many laps of a 7.5 km circuit obtained from that of the world championships but purged of the fastest sections.

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June 13, 2021 – 4th stage: Helsingborg - Helsingborg (ITT) (15.2 Km)

Il gruppo lascia la Danimarca a sbarca in Svezia, che accoglie la corsa con una delle tappe più importanti, una cronometro di 15 Km resa complicata da una serie di brevi ascese e da alcuni tratti tortuosi disegnati nel centro di Helsingborg

The group leaves Denmark to land in Sweden, which welcomes the race with one of the most important stages, a 15 km time trial made complicated by a series of short climbs and some winding stretches drawn in the center of Helsingborg

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June 14, 2021 – 5th stage: Halmstad – Göteborg (157 Km)

Con questa tappa si conclude la prima parte della corsa che, cronometro esclusa, è caratterizzata da percorsi facili. Il finale di Göteborg, però, ancora una volta non sarà di semplice gestione per i velocisti perché l’arrivo non sarà in centro città ma sulla bassa collina del Ramberget (87 metri sul livello del mare): per arrivare al traguardo bisognerà “digerire” una salita di 700 metri al 5% che si conclude a 300 metri dalla linea d’arrivo e subito prima è in programma anche un breve muro di 300 metri al 10%.

This stage concludes the first part of the race which, excluding the time trial, is characterized by easy routes. The final in Gothenburg, however, once again will not be easy for the sprinters to manage because the finish will not be in the city center but on the low hill of Ramberget (87 meters above sea level): to get to the finish line it will be necessary to "digest" a 700-meter climb at 5% which ends at 300 meters from the finish line and immediately before a short wall of 300 meters at 10% is also planned.

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June 15, 2021 – 6th stage: Vargarda – Vargarda (176 Km)

Si entra nel vivo della corsa con una tappa facile sul piano altimetrico ma resa indisiosa da sei settori di strada sterrata. Il percorso ricalca in parte le rotte dell’Open de Suède Vargarda, corsa femminile della quale sono stati proposti, ma in senso inverso, quattro dei settori del tracciato, mentre il primo e l’ultimo costituiscono delle novità (almeno per quel che riguarda le ultime edizioni). Il tratto più impegnativo è quello di Brunnlid che, oltre a presentare una salita di 1400 metri al 4.8%, dovrà essere ripetuto due volte.

You get to the heart of the race with an easy stage on the altimetric level but made indisiosa by six sectors of dirt road. The route partly follows the routes of the Open de Suède Vargarda, a women's race of which four of the sectors of the route have been proposed, but in the opposite direction, while the first and last are novelties (at least as regards the latest editions). The most challenging section is that of Brunnlid which, in addition to presenting a climb of 1400 meters at 4.8%, will have to be repeated twice.

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June 17, 2021 – 7h stage: Oslo - Oslo (Ekeberg) (156 Km)

Dopo un giorno di riposo si riparte con una tappa che si snoda sul circuito che ospitò i mondiali di ciclismo del 1993, vinta da Lance Armstrong. Il circuito è riproposto fedelmente e dovrà essere ripetuto otto volte e mezzo. Infatti, terminato l’ultimo giro completo mancheranno 9 Km al traguardo perché bisognerà ancora percorrere la prima metà del circuito: il traguardo è fissato in vetta alla seconda delle due ascese che lo caratterizzano.

After a day of rest we start again with a stage that winds on the circuit that hosted the 1993 cycling world championships, won by Lance Armstrong. The circuit is faithfully reproduced and will have to be repeated eight and a half times. In fact, after the last complete lap there will be 9 km to go to the finish line because the first half of the circuit still needs to be covered: the finish line is set at the top of the second of the two ascents that characterize it.

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June 18, 2021 – 8h stage: Lillestrøm - Hafjell (Øyer) (221 Km)

È la tappa regina, oltre che la più lunga. Nel finale è previsto l’impegnativo arrivo in salita ad Hafjell, la stazione di sport invernali che nel 1994 ospitò alcune delle gare di sci alpino in occasione delle Olimpiadi di Lillehammer. L’ascesa finale non è impegnativa solo per le pendenze (5300 metri al 9.6%) ma anche perché è in parte sterrata, da percorrere su fondo ben battuto.

It is the queen stage, as well as the longest. In the final, the demanding uphill arrival at Hafjell is expected, the winter sports resort which in 1994 hosted some of the alpine skiing competitions for the Lillehammer Olympics. The final ascent is not demanding only for the slopes (5300 meters at 9.6%) but also because it is partly unpaved, to be covered on well-trodden surfaces.

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June 19, 2021 – 9h stage: Lillehammer – Gol (158 Km)

Tappa di media montagna che potrebbe ispirare qualche scaramuccia tra i big della classifica se i distacchi ad Hafjell – come è prevedibile – non saranno stati di grande entità. Interessante in quest’ottica è la salita di Mønin (5.6 Km al 7.3%) e se ci fosse qualche discesista ispirato potrebbe sfruttare la planata verso Gol, anticipata dal succulento traguardo volante ad abbuoni.

A mid-mountain stage that could inspire some skirmishes among the big names if the gaps in Hafjell - as is predictable - have not been of great magnitude. The climb of Mønin (5.6 Km at 7.3%) is interesting in this regard and if there were some inspired descenders they could take advantage of the glide towards Gol, anticipated by the succulent flying finish line with bonuses.

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June 20, 2021 – 10h stage: Bergen - Fløyfjellet (66 Km)

Devo fare una premessa: da Gol a Bergen ci sono ben 300 Km ma è una distanza che si può tranquillamente percorrere con calma al mattino, facendo poi disputare la breve ma intensa tappa conclusiva in tardissima serata. A Bergen a giugno il sole tramonta alle 23 e dunque la tappa si può tranquillamente disputare tra le 20 e le 22-23, dando il tempo ai corridori di raggiungere Bergen in tranquillità. Il percorso si compone di quattro giri di un circuito ispirato a quello dei mondiali di ciclismo del 2017 (la salita è la stessa, ho tagliato alcune parti all’inizio e alla fine), poi si esce dal circuito per affrontare la ripida salita del Fløyfjellet (3 Km al 9.1%), in cima alla quale terminò la prova a cronometro dei suddetti mondiali

I have to make a premise: from Gol to Bergen there are 300 km but it is a distance that can be easily covered in the morning, then making the short but intense final stage play in the very late evening. In Bergen in June, the sun sets at 11 pm and therefore the stage can be easily played between 8 pm and 10 pm-11 pm, giving the runners time to reach Bergen in peace. The route consists of four laps of a circuit inspired by that of the 2017 cycling world championships (the climb is the same, I cut some parts at the beginning and at the end), then you leave the circuit to tackle the steep climb of Fløyfjellet (3 km at 9.1%), on top of which the time trial of the aforementioned world championships ended

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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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maps/tours/view/18870

The concept is a Paris-Nice / Tirreno-Adriatico type of race, focused on the hill specialists and not really for the true climbers, since they have the Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse. There is a rest/transfer day after stage 5.
I apologize for the tunnel elevations on the profiles, but the tunnel option on the tracker didn't seem to work. They are obvious to spot, but it does make the profile a bit ugly at times.
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Stage 1

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There are not a lot of options for hilly stages in Denmark, but the city of Velje has a nice, (in the beginning) steep uphill road. A fun end to an otherwise easy stage.

Stage 2

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A lap around the Fyn island. Wind will be the main factor here, but we should see a mass sprint regardless.

Stage 3

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A short ITT through Copenhagen, including some of the highlights of the city. A fun part is at the beginning, where the riders cross the square of the Amalienborg palace. The finishline is in front of the parliament in Christiansborg.

Stage 4

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We cross the water and enter Sweden. Båstad has a perfectly placed hill right outside the city centre. A great spot for an attack, or even on a hill earlier for the daring.

Stage 5

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A second mass sprint stage.

REST DAY

Stage 6

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I wanted to give Sweden 3 stage starts as well, so we move a bit more to the North and start in Charlottenberg and move after a few kms into Norway. Easy until we reach Oslo, where the Voksenåsen awaits. After the climbs are two small hills (one categorized), which give opportunities to breakaway from the bunch that is left after the initial climb. Otherwise it will be a bunch sprint with hill specialists.

Stage 7

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A medium mountain stage that ends in the ski resort of Lifjellfjellet. Not a big climb, as this is not the point of the race, but not one of the easiest either. The Grønkjær reaches 10% at times, so this one will already have made an impact by the time they reach the final climb.

Stage 8

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Possibly a mass sprint stage, but some sprinters could be dropped at the halfway point if the peloton feels like it. The lack of an immediate downhill and an uphill road a bit further will make life difficult for dropped riders. With only 25km to go, there's another uncategorized climb, so it may become a smaller bunch sprint.

Stage 9

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Look out: multiple tunnel errors. The finish might be a familiar name. The Trolltunga has a steep finish, excellent to create some gaps in the GC. The parking at the top and the town at the foot of the climb should provide enough space for logistics.

Stage 10

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Even more tunnel errors, luckily only the final 25km are really important. Since my main inspiration was Paris-Nice, I wanted a final stage that has the opportunity to make the GC battle exciting if it's still close at the front. There's a little loop in the final (manageable due to the easy first part, giving a compact peloton), so the climb on the east side can be done 2 times. It's a short, steep climb, so excellent for breakaways.
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Spoiler!
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Stage 1 Aarhus > Vejle: 175.87 Km - Thursday

First, an interesting stage in the mainland part of Denmark. The journey from Aarhus to Vejle will be rather flat, however, the last kilometres are a series of dynamic, demanding walls and 2 short, gravel sectors, which should stir up the classification a bit already at the beginning.

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Stage 2 Korsor > Roskilde: 157.18 Km - Friday

Welcome to Zealand. A simple stage, without any very demanding moments. The fastest riders in the field should fight for the victory.

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Stage 3 Kopenhagen > Helsingborg: 174.99 Km - Saturday

Transit stage from Denmark to Sweden. After starting from Copenhagen, we will cross the Bridge over the Sound and find ourselves in Swedish territory. It is likely that this stage too will end in a mass sprint in Helsingborg.

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Stage 4 ITT Ljungby > Varnamo: 43.24 Km - Sunday

It was time for a solitary battle against time among the quiet woods and the greenery that pulsated in my eyes. The length of the time trial is perfect for making some headway in the general classification.

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Stage 5 Jonkoping > Linkoping: 190.12 Km - Monday

After the time trial it was time for a flat, but certainly not boring stage. Today the so-called "golden stage", because every 20 kilometres bonus seconds are waiting for the riders (8,6,4,2,1). With a little luck, you can actually make up a lot of seconds.

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Stage 6 Fredrikstad > Oslo: 160.07 Km - Wednesday

After a day's break we welcome Norway, where an interesting stage from Fredrikstad to Oslo awaits us. While the first part is flat, after passing through Oslo we will head to the legendary ski district of Norway's capital, Holmenkollen. The Voksenkollen climb will be climbed 4 times, which is capable of making this stage very challenging. This will be the first dress rehearsal for the favorites to win the entire race.

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Stage 7 Drammen > Hemsedal (Vesle Rogjin): 193.85 Km - Thursday

We're going to the west of Norway. The first stage in this race ended in an uphill climb. This is a dynamic climb to the Vesle Rogjin ski station. We will probably see a show of strong and valiant legs here. I'm sure there's a lot to lose here.

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Stage 8 Hemsedal > Skjerdal: 143.74 Km - Friday

The royal stage of this race. Over a distance of 143 kilometers, 3 categorized climbs, of which the most important Kaldeklettene and the final wall Skjerdal. This is where the main reshuffle in the general classification will most likely take place. This is where it will turn out who is worthy of being at the front of this race.

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Stage 9 Vossavangen > Osoyro: 172.28 Km - Saturday

Such a puzzle stage. It's not very difficult, but it certainly won't be a quiet stage as its irregularity will greatly assist punters. Let's just hope the beautiful views of the fjords don't put the leaders to sleep. . . .

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Stage 10 ITT Bergen > Bergen: 24.89 Km - Sunday

The last stage is an individual time trial around Bergen, which shouldn't bring much, but it all depends on the classification after the previous 9 stages. You definitely won't be able to get too distracted on this 23km course.

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Hello everyone,
I'd like to present my version of the 10-stage race in northern Europe.

Details of my race:

Breakdown of stages by country:

Denmark: 1, 2 and beginning of 3
Sweden: Finish 3, 4 and 5

Break day

Norway: 6,7,8,9,10

Length: 1436 km
Flat stages: 3
Medium mountain stages: 4
High mountain stages: 1
Individual time trial: 2
Longest stage: Stage 7 Drammen > Hemsedal (Vesle Rogjin) 193.85 Km
The shortest stage (without ITT): Stage 8 Hemsedal > Skjerdal 143.74 Km

I hope you enjoy my tour. It is dynamic and there is a piece of "cake" for everyone.

Greetings ;)
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I will try to make the route this week, however it is very likely that I will have to sit this one out.
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Key caracteristics
- 10 stages : 1 high moutain stages, 2 medium moutain stages, 2 hilly stages, 4 plain stages and 1 ITT
- 1698,85 km including 43,08 km against the clock
- 23 KOM sprints with 3 1st category, 4 2nd category, 8 3rd category and 8 4th category !
- 3 Moutain top finishes : The "Jungfrubergstornet" in Falun, Vinstra Summit and the Mont Ullan above Åre

Key Stages
- Stage 1 : 43km ITT
- Stage 2 : Hilly finish in Båstad
- Stage 5 : Hill top finish in Falun
- Stage 6 : Medium moutain stage to Lillehammer
- Stage 7 : Moutain top finish in Vinstra
- Stage 9 : Hill top finish in Åre

Philosophy
The Northern Tour was designed as an open tour. 4 stages are purely dedicated to sprinters, the 6 others will decide the winner. Speaking of the winner, it would certainly be a complete riders with punching skills. The first ITT will be fast and the moutain top finish has nothing to envy to the a Tour de France type finish. There will be no time bonifications along the tour, the winner will be crown only on his real time.
Spoiler!

- Stage 1 : København > København // 43,08km // ITT

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First day is dedicated to the Time_fighter riders. 43km of a very flat ITT to make some gap in the general standing.

- Stage 2 : Malmö - Stadion > Båstad // 172,72km // hilly

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There are 3 jersey to battle in this stage. The pack will race along the first climb of the race, the points classification jersey wil also change but most of all, we could have a change in the top position in the overall standing. The last climb is hard enough for the strongest to attack.

- Stage 3 : Halmstad > Jönköpingd // 195,74km // plain

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We'll now have one of the flatest stage of the Tour. First massive sprint.

- Stage 4 : Jönköping > Hallsberg // 183,04km // plain

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Two massive sprint in a row even if the road is not entirelly flat. Long straight road means that wind will also be a the party !

- Stage 5 : Örebro > Falun - Jungfrubergstornet // 206,60km // hilly

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For The punchers or theleaders, the first tophill arrival in Falun will bring some explosive finish. This will be the day before the rest day so everyone will try to attack and win.

Rest Day in Oslo

- Stage 6 : Oslo > Lillehammer // 198,02km // medium mountain

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What a hard to wake up from a rest day. The medium mountain stage going to Lillehammer is hard to pronostic but for sure it will not be a massive sprint, certainly even not a group sprint. However, hard to imagine the leaders move the day before the queen stage

- Stage 7 : Lillehammer > Vinstra Summit // 151,27km // high mountain

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Queen stage of the Tour ! Short stage but up to 5000 meters of d+. The tophill finish in VInstra is a climb of 8 kilometers with a average pourcentage of 8%. The last kilometers is also a typical norwegian dirt road. There will be blood.

- Stage 8 : Dombas > Trondheim // 199,87km // plain

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A bit of a rest going north to join Trondheim and have the third massive sprint of the tour.

- Stage 9 : Stjørdal > Åre - Mont Ullan // 198,65km // medium mountain

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Last stage to try to win the Tour. Åre were candidate to host some discipline in the 2026's winter olympics but Cortina d'Ampezzo win the prize. After the Giro contest, it seems to be normal to balance and let the borthern city host the arrival of the last difficult stage. Above the city is the Mont Ullan where the finish line will be drawned.

- Stage 10 : Östersund > Östersund // 149,77km // plain

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3 laps to go in this edition of the Northern Tour. No categorized climb but the lap is difficult and never flat. However, sprinters will be difficult to beat.
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Once again, spoiler won't work without me quoting it
benoît.guillot wrote: 21/06/2021, 13:25
Spoiler!

- Stage 1 : København > København // 43,08km // ITT

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First day is dedicated to the Time_fighter riders. 43km of a very flat ITT to make some gap in the general standing.

- Stage 2 : Malmö - Stadion > Båstad // 172,72km // hilly

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There are 3 jersey to battle in this stage. The pack will race along the first climb of the race, the points classification jersey wil also change but most of all, we could have a change in the top position in the overall standing. The last climb is hard enough for the strongest to attack.

- Stage 3 : Halmstad > Jönköpingd // 195,74km // plain

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We'll now have one of the flatest stage of the Tour. First massive sprint.

- Stage 4 : Jönköping > Hallsberg // 183,04km // plain

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Two massive sprint in a row even if the road is not entirelly flat. Long straight road means that wind will also be a the party !

- Stage 5 : Örebro > Falun - Jungfrubergstornet // 206,60km // hilly

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For The punchers or theleaders, the first tophill arrival in Falun will bring some explosive finish. This will be the day before the rest day so everyone will try to attack and win.

Rest Day in Oslo

- Stage 6 : Oslo > Lillehammer // 198,02km // medium mountain

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What a hard to wake up from a rest day. The medium mountain stage going to Lillehammer is hard to pronostic but for sure it will not be a massive sprint, certainly even not a group sprint. However, hard to imagine the leaders move the day before the queen stage

- Stage 7 : Lillehammer > Vinstra Summit // 151,27km // high mountain

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Queen stage of the Tour ! Short stage but up to 5000 meters of d+. The tophill finish in VInstra is a climb of 8 kilometers with a average pourcentage of 8%. The last kilometers is also a typical norwegian dirt road. There will be blood.

- Stage 8 : Dombas > Trondheim // 199,87km // plain

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A bit of a rest going north to join Trondheim and have the third massive sprint of the tour.

- Stage 9 : Stjørdal > Åre - Mont Ullan // 198,65km // medium mountain

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Last stage to try to win the Tour. Åre were candidate to host some discipline in the 2026's winter olympics but Cortina d'Ampezzo win the prize. After the Giro contest, it seems to be normal to balance and let the borthern city host the arrival of the last difficult stage. Above the city is the Mont Ullan where the finish line will be drawned.

- Stage 10 : Östersund > Östersund // 149,77km // plain

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3 laps to go in this edition of the Northern Tour. No categorized climb but the lap is difficult and never flat. However, sprinters will be difficult to beat.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Here is my road for this contest : maps/tours/view/18976
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Stage 1 : Aarhus > Velje, 164 km HILLS

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First stage favorable to puncheurs with a circuit in Velje built around three climbs: the Hornstrupvej (800m at 6.4%), the Bogeagervej (500m at 11%) and the final climb in Velje. A climb of 900m at 4.7% where the sprinters should not be able to play for victory.


Stage 2 : Frederica > Slagelse, 160 km FLAT

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No ascension in the program of this stage but that does not mean any difficulty. Traced between the islands of Fyn and Saelland, this 2nd stage will give pride of place to the possibilities of echelons since the riders will evolve all day on exposed roads. With the highlight of the 18km crossing of the Sprogo Bridge, in the open sea. Be careful not to get trapped!


Stage 3 : Roskilde - Cathedral > Kobenhavn - Frederiksberg Slot, 29,5 km INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL

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This is the only time-trial of the race. With almost 30km on the program, and above all a perfectly straight road, it should allow the best rouleurs to create the first gaps.


Stage 4 : Malmö > Bastad, 172 km HILLS

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Who of the sprinters or punchers will triumph for the first Swedish stage? After a very flat stage, the hilly final will offer favorable terrain for punchers, even if the climb of Avarpsvägen (2.6km at 6.1%) is still pointed at 25km from the finish.


Stage 5 : Helsinborg > Halmstad, 168 km FLAT

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Flat, flat and more flat... It really is the playground for heavy rouleurs. But above all of sprinters, who will undoubtedly play out for victory.


Stage 6 : Halmstad > Göteborg, 166 km FLAT

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Same as yesterday. A stage for sprinteurs, without any difficulty. But, with a road on seaside a long part of the day, be careful about echelons.


Stage 7 : Trollhattan > Sparsborg, 183 km FLAT

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At first sight, a new stage for sprinteurs. But, when we look more carefully, it's not so sure. The multiplication of small unlisted climbs, 9 in the last 40 kilometers, will inevitably stretch the peloton and the sprinters could be in difficulty on this first Norwegian finish.


Stage 8 : Oslo > Lillehammer, 197 km HILLS

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For baroudeurs, it's probably the day or never. On the eve of a last weekend addressed to the favorites, this 8th opus seems far too difficult for the sprinters with the climbs of the NordeRinsg Pass (4.1km at 6%) and Brottum (3.2km at 5.1% ) in the last 40 kilometers.


Stage 9 : Vinstra > Juvasshytta, 172 km HIGH MOUNTAIN

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The start of the mountainous weekend will decide the winner of this "Battle of the North". At the start of Vinstra, the riders will need to be immediately ready with the ascent of the Krokla Pass (15km at 6%) and its first 5 kilometers at 9.5%. What to put in the tone of the day. But, despite the presence of the Steinho Pass halfway (8.5km at 7.2%), everything will be decided on the final climb to Juvasshytta. A terrible climb of 13km at 9.5% with 7km at over 11% before an "easier" finish. An ascent for a pure climber.


Stage 10 : Gaupne > Tyin/Filefjell Ski Center, 114 km HIGH MOUNTAIN

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A final in apotheosis. Who said Norway doesn't have high mountains? The altitude is certainly less there than the day before, but it is indeed huge passes that will be on the program for this final stage. After a quick start at the seaside, the runners will tackle the ascent of Kolosni (17.3km at 7.4%) with its sublime slope of Lysebotn Fjord and its 27 bends in 6 kilometers. After a short descent and the ascent of Tindevegen bomstasjon (2km at 10%), the runners will dive towards the last pass of this event, the Tyinvegen Pass and its 16.4km at 62%. With a summit placed 24km from the finish, it will be ideal for blowing up the group of favorites. But beware in the end, with a plateau of about twenty kilometers before a last small ascent (2.1km at 5.8%) to reach the Tyin / Filefjell Ski Center.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Hi. I am new to all of this, and i really wanted to participate, but when i am trying to use the stage editor it is not working for me. Can anyone tell me or make a tutorial on how to use the stage editor? Hopefully someone replies:)
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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weeloooo wrote: 23/06/2021, 22:04 Hi. I am new to all of this, and i really wanted to participate, but when i am trying to use the stage editor it is not working for me. Can anyone tell me or make a tutorial on how to use the stage editor? Hopefully someone replies:)
I, personally, do not use the LFR editor to create the routes exactly for the reason you say, quite often it does not work. To make the routes I use RideWithGPS, but any other route editor from which you can export GPX should be fine. Then I upload the GPX file and then edit the intermediate sprints in the LFR editor.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Thanks! This helped me alot!
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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My submission for this contest
Spoiler!
Battle of the North: maps/tours/view/18935

Stage 1: Aarhus - Aarhus: 175.95 km, UNDULATING
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The tour starts with stage hilly area around Aarhus, constantly going up and down. Not a real puncheurs stage, but one for the stronger riders, with the final 1.8 km going uphill with a 3.2% slope.

Stage 2: Federicia - Ringsted: 160.44 km, FLAT
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The second stage crosses Fyn as we go from Jutland to Sjaelland. Normally a sprinters stage, but riders must be aware of echelons as they cross the Størebæltsbridge a little over halfway.

Stage 3: Lund - Värnamo : 199.94 km, FLAT
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Nothing should stop the sprinters during the first stage in Sweden.

Stage 4: Sjöåkra - Jonköping: 18.77 km, INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
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First test for the GC men in this rolling TT around the outskirts of Jonköping.

Stage 5: Ulricehamn - Lerum: 172.28 km, UNDULATING
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This stage goes over the gravel roads of Open Suède de Vårgårda, and should provide some real fireworks.

Restday Göteborg

Stage 6: Strömstad - Nessodtangen (Varden): 195.12 km, HILLY
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The riders have moved towards to Norway border as we leave Sweden behind for a hilly stage in the Viken region.

Hokksund - Lifjellfjellet: 206.00 km, HIGH MOUNTAIN
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The first and only real mountain stage, with a mountain top finish in the Lifjell ski resort.

Stage 8: Seljord - Rauland: 150.42 km, MEDIUM MOUNTAIN
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A transition stage, this should be one for the baroudeurs

Stage 9: Haukelifjell Skisenter - Skjerfvossen: 182.03 km, MEDIUM MOUNTAIN
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Another mountain top finish, but the hardest part of the stage is in the beginning. The final climb to Skjervossen has some steep sections at the end.

Stage 10: Nordheimsund - Bergen: 132.59 km, HILLY
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The final stage draws inspiration from the World Championships course, but now there is one extra climb and the Salmon Hill is climbed from a steeper side.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Her's my Battle of the North

maps/tours/view/18946
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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My Battle of the North! My first time doing this.
maps/tours/view/18994

Stage 1: Åre > Åre (200km)
A calm and collected start to the race. Only difficulty on the stage is Vargtjärnen (6km - 4%) which comes in the second half of the 200km long stage. Other than that it is a flat roll up to the finish line where the sprinters fight for the victory.
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Stage 2: Åre > Trondheim (156,5km)
A slow start to the stage as the riders ride a false flat up to Storlien where the sprint points are given out. After that it is a decent to Meråker, where the riders start the flat roll up towards Trondheim. In the closing kilometers there are some small unclassified climbs before the last and desisive climb up to Saksvik (2,3km - 5,2%)
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Stage 3: Oppdal > Trollstigen (193,5km)
The first mountain top finish will take place on this day. The mythical Trollstigen (8,5km - 7,8%). With it's spectacular scenery Trollstigen takes the rider up to 696 meters above sea level. The climb is not a long one, but for sure a hard one. The gc contenders will really test each other here, and time differences is inevitable.
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Stage 4: Hellesylt > Dalsnibba (141km)
With two major climbs in the last part of the stage, this is set to be the queen stage. The first major acent is Strynfjellet (12,1km - 7,2%) which will really break some of the gc contenders. After the first climb it is 40km pretty much flat before the last acent of the day. Dalsnibba (4,7km - 9.5%). Everything will be put on the line on this climb. The riders will be taking the short side of Dalsnibba, instead of the 21km - 7,2% side of it. But that does not mean it won't be fireworks.
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Stage 5: Lom > Fagernes (212,5km)
On the map a very though day, but it will depend on how the riders race it. The climbs of the day is only in the first 115km, so the sprinters who can climb have a solid chance today.
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Stage 6: Gol > Hønefoss (137)
On the map it looks like an easy day, but in the last 40km there is some unclassified climbs who can break some of the sprinters. But even if the sprinters feel fresh in the finish, it will be hard to beat the puncheurs opp Riperbakken (800m - 6.4%)
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Stage 7: Hønefoss > Asker (111km)
The last day in norway is for the stronger sprinters. With 4,8km - 4% it can be difficult for the pure sprinters to win. The day ends at 335meters above sea level.
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Stage 8: Hirtshals Circut (104,5km)
At the first danish day of the tour it is a cirteriums race. With 13 laps around Hirtshals, it should end in a mass sprint. Notice the bonus sprint two laps before the finish line.
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Stage 9: Aalborg - Støvring (39km)
A last chance to make up lost time. A 39km time trial is on the plan. The time trial is not vey technical so the roulers could be in for a win here.
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Stage 10: Støvring > Aarhus (120km)
The final day of Battle of the North. A flat stage with no particular difficulties. The finish line is on top of a rising false flat.
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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Here is mine : maps/tours/view/18987

Stage 1 (ITT) : Aarhus > Aarhus
Stage 2 : Silkeborg > Kolding
Stage 3 : Odense > Roskilde
Stage 4 : Malmo > Vaxtorp (night in Halmstad)
Stage 5 : Halmstad > Boras (night in Goteborg)
Stage 6 : Stenungsund > Stronstad (night in Norway)
Stage 7 : Fredrikstad > Frasnkleiv
Stage 8 : Honefoss > Gjovik
Stage 9 : Lillehammer > Lillehammer (queen stage)
Stage 10 : Hamar > Oslo - Holmenkollen
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Re: Contest #5 - Battle of the North

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I don’t know if I have time to make a proper presentation, but here is my route eitherway

maps/tours/view/18874
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The race is set end of july/beginning of august and serves as a general preparation for the final part of the season, there is something in there for every type pf rider
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