Original - 123km | 2340M+ (76mi | 7677ft) · Saturday 3rd August
Travelling to the start of the second stage by Ferry across the Lysefjord, riders will be able to appreciate stunning views of the Kjerag Rock and Preikestolen (two prized tourism attractions of the region) on their way to the start line. Starting in Lysebotn at the foot of the Lysebotn climb (known as the Norwegian Alpe d’Huez), the first part of the stage features the most demanding climb of the event. Rising to 896m over 9km for an average gradient of nearly 9%, it will undoubtedly present the biggest challenge of the weekend. Following this ascent riders will take on a series of rolling hills before descending all the way towards Byrkjedal to take on the final two climbs of the day up Røyrdalen and Seldal. To reach the finish line in Melshei riders will also have to overcome one final uphill kicker, the last climb between them and the time trial on stage three. The Compact course on stage two will cover the same first part of the stage as the Original course, over the Lysebotn climb, but will finish in Byrkjedalstunet after 85km of riding.