Trondheim – Oslo

15. – 16 June 2024

TRONDHEIM – OSLO

The Great Styrkeprøven

The world’s longest and oldest tour race is Trondheim – Oslo. This is touring cycling’s biggest classic. The battle against yourself and the elements is an experience of a lifetime. Styrkeprøven has been organized every year, except for the corona years 2020 and 2021, since 1967 and in 2024 the ride will be organized for the 56th time. time.

Infographics

520 km

4220 m

Here is the updated trail map for 2024

Here is the route on Strava

Here is the race manual (read it carefully before starting)

Registration prices

01.11.23 – 31.12.23: NOK 1,950
01.01.24 – 28.02.24: NOK 2,250
01.03.24 – 30.04.24: NOK 2,300
01.05.24 – 15.06.24: NOK 2,500

About the Ride

You start at the square in Trondheim, right in the centre. The address of the square is Munkegata, 7013 Trondheim. From there, drive Munkegata across the square and to the left to Prinsens gate and head towards Oslo.

The finish area for the race is in Groruddalen in Oslo. In the finish area you will find everything you need when you have cycled Styrkeprøven , i.a. you will be served a light meal, as well as a cafe, WC and cloakroom with shower facilities and a rest area with mattresses and blankets. In addition, there will be a riding office inside the hall where you will be able to get help ordering a taxi, pick up annual medals/diplomas and other things you might wonder about.

START

The first start from Trondheim is at 04.00
Last departure from Trondheim is at 04.45
Starting pool will be allocated time later. The fastest will start first.

Food stations

Distance – opening hours

3Steddistanceopens
June 15 *
closes
June 15 *
closes
June 16 *
bag top
Soknedal65 km05:3008:15
Oppdal/Fagerhaug107 km06:4010:30bag stop 1
Folldal195 km09:0015:15
Ring boo280 km (280 miles)11:2019:40bag stop 2
Lillehammer340km12:1523:00
Skreia/Totenvika410 km12:4502:30bag stop 3
Minnesund/Stensby450 km13:4004:30
The gap491 km14:4506:40

*) Adjustments may be made to the opening and closing times of the food stations.

We have 8 food stations from Trondheim to Oslo. At the food stations you will meet volunteer representatives of various teams and associations. Everyone you meet works diligently and puts in a lot of work to ensure that you, in particular, have a great experience. Many of our great volunteers have been involved for many years and have considerable experience if you have questions or need assistance in one form or another.

At our food stations, you can also get technical service if you need it. Skilled people with the right equipment will help you if there is an accident. In addition, we have several cars that provide neutral service on the road. You will be informed of a duty number (this will also be on your start number) that you can call if the accident is out. Our people will then come to the rescue.

Information

  • Secretariat and distribution of start numbers

    For participants in the Oslo area, it is possible to pick up start numbers at Braasport Ullevål on Wednesday 12. June between kl. 09:00 – 19:00. There will also be relevant offers for sports nutrition and other equipment.


    Our partner Enervit will also be present with tastings and good offers on nutrition packages.


    In Trondheim you can come to Hank Sport , Dyre Halses gate 1a7042 Trondheim . Friday 14. June between kl. 10:00 – 19:00.


    We also bring unclaimed start numbers to the start area at Trondheims Torg and these can be picked up in the start area at the square from 03:00 Saturday morning until the last start.


  • The starting arrangement

    Clubs, teams and groups that have trained together will be allowed to ride Styrkeprøven together and consequently also start together. The fact that we no longer have a team competition with our own ranking does not mean that we will have a joint start.

    The starting arrangement will not be significantly changed from before. Those who wish to do so will be allowed to start at the same time and those who ride the fastest will be allowed to start first. That’s pretty much how it’s always been.


    When you sign up, you will be asked how long you think you will spend. If you are a group that wants to start and cycle together, you should agree on what you think your finish time will be. You also state your club, company or team. That will lead to us getting perhaps 100-200 who state that they want a finish time of between 17 and 18 hours.

    We then take this group and divide it into starting groups based on what the registrants have stated by team, company and club. These starting groups will be allowed to start separately so that this does not allow unauthorized persons to enter the groups as this can create dangerous situations.


  • Starting pools and selection of starting pool

    The Tour and the institution of The Great Styrkeprøven is all about the battle against yourself and the elements. It will both go well for you and there will be times that go against you. The head is a tough opponent and the battle to get to Oslo can be tough. For those who finish, the satisfaction is enormous and you can and should be proud of yourself.

    Choice of starting pool

    In Styrkeprøven, the participants are seeding themselves. This means that you choose the time budget that best suits you and your wishes.

    When you sign up, we ask you if you belong to a club, a team or a company that you want to cycle with, in addition to asking how long you think you will spend. It is important to us that you who have trained together get to cycle together. It creates greater security when you have trained with those you cycle with. At the same time, the authorities want those who cycle the fastest to start first. The starting groups will be set up so that we meet these requirements in the best possible way.

    We emphasize that it is important to ride with a group that has your pace and does not ride too hard. The trip will not be as nice with too tight a budget. Please note that the pools with the highest time budget are allocated to those who need it. Food stations and other service offerings are adapted to this.


  • Bag freight Trondheim-Oslo

    The bag freight is an addition to the normal baggage freight. As usual, you put luggage to Oslo in our truck in Trondheim before departure. It will then be driven to Oslo. The shipping of bags is a little more complicated.

    Luggage is handed in to the trucks in Munkegata in Trondheim from 19-21 Friday evening. Baggage to be sent to Oslo can also be handed in before departure.

    Handing in bags for bag shipping takes place at the same time and place, i.e. from 19-21 Friday evening in Munkegata in Trondheim. Bags must be delivered in the evening since the bags are transported from Trondheim before the first start.

    The scheme

    You can deliver up to 3 bags before the start in Trondheim. We transport these to the food stations in Oppdal, Ringebu or Skreia, respectively, where you can access your bag. When you have “used” the bag, we transport it to your destination where you get it back together with your luggage.

    You must ensure that the bags are placed on the correct rack in Trondheim, so that those going to Oppdal are placed on a rack going to Oppdal, and correspondingly for Ringebu and Skreia. The racks are numbered. You should put your bags with the same number (e.g. Oppdal 2 and Ringebu 2 etc.) on the same shelf. Then it will be easy to find your bag at all stops.


    The bags

    Should be waterproof. They must be marked with start number, name and mobile number. You should also put an extra note in the bag with your name and mobile number so we can find out who owns it if the marking is lost. Unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for ensuring that nothing gets lost along the way.

    To ensure that nothing can fall out, we recommend using packing bags/drybags such as one of these or equivalent:

    https://www.biltema.no/fritid/reise/ryggsekker/vanntett-pakkepose-2000034198

    https://oslosportslager.no/fold-drybag-bs-xs-vanntett-pose-3l-6985.aspx

    https://bikeshop.no/exped/nyexped1002/exped-fold-bs-drybag-10-000-mm-vannsøyle-70-d-nylon

    https://www.xxl.no/silva-dry-bag-r-pet-3l-torrsekk-gra/p/1172067_1_style

    You cannot use normal plastic bags or similar. Experience shows that they break easily and you risk losing what you had in the bag. The bags can weigh a maximum of 1.5 kg. There is limited space so we cannot transport other luggage or larger bags with the bag freight. In other words, you have to pack small. We hope everyone will contribute to making bag shipping manageable by not bringing too much in the bags.

    After you have “used” your bag

    When you have “used” the bag, it must be put together with the other “used” bags so that it is transported to Oslo. If it is put back on the stand, we do not know that it has been “used” and then it is not transported to Oslo until the last rider has passed and the food station closes. Now it is not so important in Oppdal since all the bags from Oppdal are transported together to Oslo. But it is important at Ringebu and very important at Skreia.

    What you can have in the bags

    Here is an example of what you may need. This depends on the weather so check the weather forecast before packing your bags. Thomas Svane Jacobsen has also written about this in this article in Masterclass .

    Oppdal – many people will want to wear more clothes before going over the mountain, so maybe a windproof jacket or rain jacket, extra sweater if it’s cold, extra loose arms or legs.

    Ringebu – if you want to change into dry clothes after the mountain, then perhaps a dry jersey, socks, gloves, an extra hose and an extra air cartridge.

    Skreia – many will want to wear a warmer jacket or take off their sunglasses before cycling the last stretch into Oslo, so maybe a warm jacket, warmer gloves, an extra hose and an extra air cartridge as well as an empty glasses case so you can leave the sunglasses yours without them breaking.

    Of course, you can also put an energy bar or two and some gel in your bag, but don’t use the bags to carry drinks. Drinking is heavy, and there are often leaks that can create a lot of mess for both yourself and others.


  • Stopping time and ending the race - Finish

    Time is stopped at the exit from rv4 at Grorud. From there it is about 500 m to the sports facility at Grorud. There you will find everything you need when you have cycled the Sterkeprøve, i.a. you will be served a small meal on arrival

    • Baggage delivery

    • Bag delivery

    • Bike parking

    • The sleeping area

    • After-bike lounge

    • Restaurant

    • Exhibition area

    • WC and cloakroom with shower facilities


  • Luggage and transport of luggage

    When issuing a start number, tags are included for the luggage. The luggage is marked and delivered to the carrier, who is marked and ready at the start of the square. Transport of luggage, with the exception of bicycle cases, is included in the price. If you are to transport a bicycle case, this must be booked and paid NOK. NOK 150 in registration at USS.

    The organizer transports return luggage from the start to Oslo for participants. Delivery of luggage (marked with start number, name etc) is handed in on a lorry at the start on Saturday morning.

    In Trondheim, luggage can also be delivered on Friday evenings from 19-21 in Munkegata by the square.

    The luggage is handed over in the destination area.


  • Who can participate, what is required?

    To take part in road races such as Trondheim–Oslo, Lillehammer–Oslo, Hamar–Oslo and Eidsvoll–Oslo, you must turn 17 during the calendar year.

    There is no age limit for cycling in the Eidsvoll – Oslo triathlon, but participants under the age of 15 must ride with an adult companion.


  • Registration/changes/sale of start no

    When you sign up, you receive a username, a password and a dedicated link that can be used to make changes to your order. This can be done up to and including the 14th. June 2023 at 11:59. Changes after this time are made by contacting the secretariat at the start location.

    Information on the sale of start numbers can be found here .


  • Service vehicles and escort vehicles

    Escort cars are not permitted in the Strength Test. In this context, by companion car we mean all cars that provide assistance to the riders. Cars that transport food, drinks, front cars, cars that transport clothes, cars that transport equipment, wheeled cars, cars that accept clothes or glasses etc. Riders associated with such vehicles risk disqualification.

    Only the organizer has permission to provide assistance to the participants.


  • Timekeeping

    The strength test uses timing with a disposable chip. The chip must be mounted on the seatpost and must not be handed in at the finish line.

    For correct timing/results, the chip must follow the bike from start to finish. Start time is registered in Trondheim. Passing times are registered at Dombås, Kvam, Lillehammer, Hamar, Eidsvoll Verk and Olavsgaard.

    End time is registered in Oslo.

    Riders who have a smart phone and download the UltimateLive App can be followed live from start to finish. The app also pairs with selected heart rate belts so that your family and friends can follow where you are.


  • Awards, medals and diplomas

    Everyone who completes one of the Strength Test’s distances receives a medal and diploma. These are distributed after the finish line.

    The diploma is printed from the results pages of EQ timing, which are published on our website immediately after the race.

    In addition, flowers and attention are given out in accordance with the Styrkeproven to a regulation in force at any given time.


  • Transport offer

    Information on Transport offers is from 2023. This will be updated.


    The option can be selected and paid for during registration, if you are already registered, you can log in with your information and purchase the transport option. Should you not have ordered in time, there are good transport options to all the starting points by train, see https://sj.no, but there may be limited opportunities to bring a bicycle. We have therefore opened up the possibility that bookings for bicycle transport can usually be made up to 24 hours before the start, but please note that there is a limited number of places.


    Trondheim


    We have booked a joint departure by train to Trondheim, departing on Friday 16. June at 08:02 (carriage 2 and 3) expected arrival is at 14:39.


    Bicycles are delivered to the lorry parked in Trelastgata v/track 19 from 07:00. The bikes are wrapped in bubble wrap before transport.


    DEADLINE FOR TRAIN BOOKINGS: 16. May at 12:00!

    BIKE TRANSPORT CAN BE BOOKED UP TO 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE


    Delivery of bicycles in Trondheim will be at Hank Sport. There is also the secretariat. The time depends on how long the trucks need, but we assume sometime between 5 and 6 p.m.


    Lillehammer


    Bicycles for these departures are delivered up to 1 hour before departure on trucks in Trelastgata (Track 19).


    Transport Friday 16. June at 16:34 – transport by train and bicycle transport by car.

    Transport Saturday 17 June at 06:15 – Bus from Trelastgata (Track 19): NOK 860 (person incl. bicycle transport).

    Bicycle transport only: NOK 290


    Bus and bicycle transport stops at Hammertun Skole.


    Driving time to Lillehammer is estimated at 2.5-3 hours.


    DEADLINE FOR BOOKING TRANSPORT: 15 June at 12:00!

    BIKE TRANSPORT CAN BE BOOKED UP TO 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.


    Eidsvoll


    17 June at 10:54: Train from Oslo S:. Price NOK 300 (person including bicycle transport).

    17 June at 10:54: Bicycle transport only: NOK 110


    Bicycles are delivered at departure in Trelastgata (Track 19) from 10:15.


    Driving time to Eidsvoll is estimated at 1 hour.


    DEADLINE FOR BOOKING TRANSPORT: 01 June at 12:00!


  • Safety and traffic rules

    Safety in a touring race is important, both for participants, organisers, spectators and other road users. The responsibility for ensuring that safety in the race is ensured lies with both the organizer and the participants. The endurance test follows a track that is open to normal traffic where normal traffic rules apply.


    Securing the trail track

    The route will be signposted in accordance with guidelines from the Swedish Road Administration and the police.

    Signs with black arrows will mark changes of road or direction ahead of each intersection or roundabout. In areas where special caution must be exercised, there will be separate signs. To the extent that we have permission for this, stationary guards will stand at dangerous points, intersections and roundabouts in the route.

    Note! As a participant in a touring race, you do not have a free way and public authorities therefore also do not want us to use trail guards or stationary guards who can give the participants the impression that they have a free way. Normal traffic rules apply to all participants in the race.


    There are a few points that you need to pay particular attention to. This applies, among other things, to speed limits, stopping at red lights, crossing the yellow center line and driving with more than two abreast over long stretches.

    In 2022, a speed check was carried out in a 50 zone at the bottom of a long hill. We have been informed that a majority of those who were measured were driving too fast in this 50 zone. It is possible that speed checks will also be carried out in 2024, and that riders who drive too fast may be stopped and fined by the police.

    In 2022, the police also observed riders who did not stop for red lights. You must stop for a red light. This is a touring race and this is the same for everyone. We expect that riders who run red lights may be stopped and fined by the police.

    We have also been informed that riders in 2022 will ride both three and four in width over longer distances. This is also not good and it will be difficult for the riders on the far left to avoid crossing into the wrong lane.

    The rules for overtaking are also the same as for other traffic, but we ask that you avoid crossing the yellow line as far as possible. If you are driving with someone else and you are about to be caught, line up so it is easy to pass you without having to cross the yellow line. If you are driving with others and you overtake someone, line up when you pass them so you don’t have to cross the yellow line. This will help to increase safety in the ride.


  • Environment

    The strength test has a zero vision for littering along the route. Riders who have to get rid of rubbish/empty bottles and the like must therefore do this in connection with the food stations.

    Participants must not throw bottles, hoses, tyres, paper or other rubbish along the trail. Generally, what the rider has taken with him in his “back pocket” at the start must also be brought back to the start or thrown in a marked place at food stations or at the finish line.

    NB! Riders observed littering will receive additional time or be disqualified.

    NB! Teams participating in the team competition with riders observed littering will receive additional time or be disqualified.

    We therefore encourage everyone to take responsibility for the Test of Strength being carried out without littering the surroundings.


  • Sustainability

    The strength test sees the importance of sustainable measures and works actively to minimize the event’s environmental footprint and promote sustainable practices. Some of the ways we work with sustainability in cycling are:

    1. Travel by public transport: In order to reduce the emissions linked to transport, Styrkeprøven encourages participants to travel by public transport or use alternative means of transport to get to the starting point. We also sell transport by train for the participants to Trondheim.

    2. Bicycle and luggage transport: We set up transport of bicycles from Oslo to Trondheim and Lillehammer so that it is easier for the participants to travel by public transport. The cars we use to transport bicycles to the starting points are reused by transporting the luggage of the participants back to the finish line. In the same way, we collaborate with groups of participants, such as e.g. cycling clubs, which have their own transport of bicycles to Trondheim so that their cars can be reused in the event such as service cars for all participants or for bag delivery.

    3. The ban on escort cars also contributes to there being fewer cars on the roads during the race. Bag freight to Oppdal, Kvam and Hamar is also part of this reduction in the number of cars on the road during the event.

    4. We have implemented effective waste management processes along the route. We encourage participants to respect nature and throw their waste in dedicated bins at the food stations or at the finish line. We also emphasize the recovery and recycling of waste where possible. Waste from the food stations is recycled in accordance with the guidelines from the local authorities.

    5. Cooperation with local communities: The strength test emphasizes cooperation with local communities and residents. We purchase for the food stations as locally as possible and we work with local authorities, voluntary organizations and businesses to ensure that the ride has a positive impact on the communities it passes through.

    6. Energy use: The strength test works to minimize energy consumption during the event. We use energy-efficient solutions such as LED lighting. We also encourage food stations etc to use renewable energy. And through our collaboration with Peugeot, we use electric cars to the extent possible.

    7. Awareness raising and education: The test of strength works actively to raise awareness of sustainability among participants, support staff and the public. We offer information on sustainable choices and encourage responsible behaviour. This may include communication about recycling, reduction of single-use items and appropriate use of natural resources.

    The test has recognized the importance of running the race in a way that takes into account the environment and the local communities it affects. By implementing sustainable practices and encouraging awareness and participation from all parties involved, we work to minimize the impact on the environment and facilitate a sustainable cycling race.


  • Licence/insurance

    To participate in the Styrkeprøven, you must have a year-round license through a club affiliated with the Norwegian Cycling Association or a one-off license that applies to the race.

    A license is mandatory to participate in all types of cycling races organized by the Norwegian Cycling Federation (NCF). It contains i.a. a small accident insurance. For the year-round licence, the insurance applies to accidents during all cycling activities as well as accidents on the journey to and from cycling races. The license is administered by the Norwegian Cycling Association.

    You can either buy a one-time license or an active license. The one-time license is purchased when registering for the Strength Test.

    Full lock licenses can be ordered by members of an NCF approved club/team who have paid the annual membership fee to the club/team. The license applies to all types of rides and is valid from the date the license is approved by NCF until December of the same year. The insurance is valid until February of the following year.

    For more information on licences, see www.sykling.no.



  • Cancellation

    If the Strength Test is canceled before the day of the event because the organizer does not get permission to carry out the event, the starting fee will be refunded.


    For other reasons for cancellation before the day of the event, the organizer can keep up to 50% of the registration fee to cover expenses in connection with organizing the race.


    If the race has to be moved to a later date, or canceled so that it can then be arranged at a later date, those who were registered for the race on the original date and who do not show up for the start on the new date are not entitled to a refund of the registration fee.


    In the event of cancellation of the Strength Test on the day of the race or the day before the day of the race due to unforeseen weather conditions or other “force majeure”, the organizer retains the registration fee.


    Refund in case of non-participation

    All registrations are binding after the registration fee has been paid. If the registrant, due to illness or other reasons, cannot participate in the race, all or part of the registration fee will not be refunded.

    Please note that many travel insurances also include cancellation insurance that provides such reimbursement in the event of illness. So does the Startklar and Startkla+ insurance that we offer in connection with this event.


  • Regulations

    Link to the riding regulations will come later