In July 2006, everyone in Norway who rides a bike will be catered for during the inaugural Geilo Festival of Cycling. The eight-day long festival runs from July 22-30, and will consist of a number of bike races as well as rides, courses, events and lift-based riding for the cyclists who don't want to race. There will be Norwegian cup races in marathon, downhill and road, as well as Rune Høydahl's Mountain Bike School for children. There will also be competitions in slopestyle/freeride and Super-D.
Binding the festival together will be a big bike expo showcasing the latest equipment as well as demo-bikes to be tested in the ski slopes. In the evenings, Geilo's nightlife will host movie nights, speeches, lectures in training and non-bike related topics.
Geilo is 250 kilometres from both Oslo and Bergen. Both cities have airports with flights from the continents and the UK, there are also ferries going from Germany, Denmark and Britain to the two Norwegian cities. The train ride between Oslo and Bergen is considered one of the most beautiful train trips in the world and is worth a visit in itself.