Aarhus - Copenhagen
Saturday 1 September saw the revival of the long-defunct, longest non-competitive cycling event in Denmark.
This event attracted so many participants that it was sold out three months in advance. More than 6,500 cyclists set their sights on cycling through Denmark in less than one day. More than 4,600 challenged themselves to cycling all the way from Aarhus to Copenhagen, while 2,100 chose to join the tour in Odense to cycle the remaining distance of 190 km to Copenhagen.
The tour started out early in the morning between 4:00 and 8:00 am, and the final participants arrived at the finish close to midnight.
The major highlight of the tour was definitely the crossing of the Great Belt Bridge – for first time since the official opening of the bridge, the Danish Ministry for Transport gave permission for cyclists to cross. This was a unique opportunity for the participants who were delighted by not having their tour interrupted and having to cross in busses.
When the tour crossed the Great Belt, it did, however, contribute to long tailbacks, and there were also a couple of traffic accidents, which, fortunately, were not connected with the tour. This resulted in a number of protests from the motorists concerned. These protests were subsequently debated in the Danish parliament. Fortunately, however, Parliament stills intends backing this cycling event in future years.