"One man, one sister, one big mountain. They are about to collide."
Tick Of The Clock - Chromatics
Fighting for hope - Mark Russel
Course description and profile:
3.8km in the Hardangerfjord. In recent years, the water temperature at the starting point on race morning has been between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius.
Wetsuits are mandatory.
The swim begins with a water start, after athletes exit the ferry.
180km from Eidfjord at the Hardangerfjord; on National Road 7, up Måbødalen, across Hardangervidda to Geilo; National Road 40 across Dagalifjell to Uvdal, county roads over Imingfjell to Tessungdalen.
Transition zone (T2) is in Austbygde at Tinnsjøen.
42.2 kilometers from Austbygde towards Rjukan, to the peak of Gaustatoppen. The first 25km are reasonably flat, while the next 17.2km are a consistently steep climb up to 1850m. The first 37.5km are on tarmac; the final stretch to the peak is on a rocky path.
Total distance: 226 kilometers. (140.4 miles)