On the roads of Norway, Irving Haraldson trains to reach his next goal: the Giro delle Dolomiti 2021!

From which country/city are you writing us? Where do you usually go cycling?

I’m writing from Haugesund, Norway.

Of course, I cycle mostly around Haugesund, and since the west coast winter is not biking friendly also on Zwift. But always try to explore more of the fjord and mountains in Norway also. I also have 2-3 trips to Vietnam for cycling – one of the best countries to cycle in with great people and beautiful countryside

What meaning has cycling in your country? Sport, commuting, infrastructures for cyclist, tourism…

Everyone likes to watch TdF, but hates when they meet a cyclist on the road. Not much cycling tourism in Norway since the summer weather is un-stable. There are some ongoing programs for commuting.

Infrastructures for cyclists are improving but far behind many countries. I have cycled the Cross Country path , Four Rives path and East coast Path (approx. 2500km) in South Korea and that was an amazing experience and infrastructures.

How many years did you take part of the Giro delle Dolomiti?

3 years 2017-2019

How would you define the Giro delle Dolomiti in three key words?

Atmosphere, experience and race

What do you find unique in the Dolomites, UNESCOs Heritage?

The mountains.

What do you think about the Giro format, that is a balanced combination of timed and controlled speed sections with road closed to traffic?

I think that the Giro format is great.

Out of all the stages you have been cycling in the past years, which one is your favourite? And which Dolomite Pass have you never done and would like to try?

Stelvio due to its iconic cycling status, but The Sella Ronda is the most beautiful stage.

On average, how many km do you cycle per year?

13.000, but 2020 have been a disaster… but I will use our Giro as a motivation for 2021

4 November 2020