My first really hard ride
One sunny summer's day in 1980'ish
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I grew up in Lier, a small valley between Oslo and Drammen. I have always been an explorer and started to do some cycling around Lier when I was around 11-12 years old. I had always looked with great interest on this route. It was and it still is a serious challenge. A challenge I could not resist. I had also just got my first racing bike which gave me a lot more freedom. This tour was a perfect route for my new found freedom.
I set off from my parents house one early Sunday morning up the east side of Lier valley on the 285 road. This road is mostly flat as a pancake until I reached the crossroad down to Sylling. I continued up a road towards Sollihogda along Tyrifjorden. Me and my parents has often done this road in a car. But this was the first time for me on a bike and I soon learnt this 15 km long road was pretty tough road. It goes high above this inland lake in a very steep mountain side. It has a couple of really steep hills too. One of them up and around a small canyon. I loved it. After some hard cycling, I arrived at the crossroad between Sollihogda and Honefoss, a town 30 km further up Tyrifjorden. I took the road to the right and up to the top of the hill at Sollihøgda. I guess this hill is at around 400 meters above sea level. It has some really good views over Tyrifjorden and down to the Lier valley again. I was very pleased with myself and took a long break while eating some food my mother had sent with me.
The 20 km or so long road down the valley on the other side to the sea level again to Sandvika started with a vertical descent down the forest and a narrow valley down to the valley floor from where it became flat as a pancake. I had never been there before and took in the views. The road passed a bit skijumping arena which featured a lot on TV during the winter. It was nice to view that place. The road for me ended in a 200-300 meters long tunnel which I could not bypass. With a lot of trepidation, I cycled through this tunnel. The first tunnel I had ever cycled through. Not a pleasant experience. At the end of the tunnel, I ended up in Sandvika. I turned my attention to the final 25 km on the small backroads from Sandvika out the fjord, past IKEA to the foot of the hillclimb up to Asker. A pretty nasty hillclimb it was too and I was really starting to get tired. I cycled over another hill again over Lierskogen to my home. I passed my walking parents on the way, but due to tiredness, I did not spot them before I had passed them. They were not pleased. But I was very pleased with this tour though. It was easily the hardest tour I had done until then.
This is indeed a hard tour with a substantial climbs and descents. It is also a very scenic and interesting ride on good roads. It is therefore a very good ride and a must do if you live in that area. There is some new cycle lanes now from Sandvika to Lier again which makes this ride a lot safer. It is recommended.