When Ladies Tour of Norway arrives Fredrikstad, the host city for the second stage, the riders will be a part of ”Idrettsfesten 450”; a big sports party to celebrate the city’s 450 year anniversary. in addition to LToN, both the 8mR World Championship in sailing, the Norwegian championship in archery, as well as Fredrikstad Triatlon take place in Fredrikstad this day.
All these events have a common ”hot spot” at Tollbodplassen, the finishing area for LToN .
– In this jubilée year we want not only to celebrate the history of Fredrikstad, but also to commemorate the contemporary Fredrikstad. To us, sports play a very important role. Since we are so lucky to have this many major events at the same time, we took the opportunity to gather them all at one place, says Irene Østbø, project manager for Fredrikstad 450.
Here there will be a variety of activities both for children and adults; you could try archery, or learn how to sail a boat.
Tollbodplassen – the ”hot spot”
– The venue at Tollbodplassen will be a meeting place both for participants and audience. Here you will find information about all the events as they unfold. We will have a big screen with live footages from LToN and clips from the other events, and a big tent with entertainment, activities and food, says André Flatner, head of the sports department in the city of Fredrikstad.
The change-over zone and finishing line for Fredrikstad Triatlon is at the main square in the center of Fredrikstad. The swimming stage takes place directly in the city, and the running stage passes the Tollboden hot spot. The triatlon organizers expect about 400 participants. In addition to the triatlon, there will be a ”1 – 10 run”, open for everybody. In this run each participant can decide how long to run. A maximum of 10 rounds, though. Each round is one km.
Archery and World Champs in sailing
The Norwegian championships in Archery takes place at Kongsten just across the river from the LToN finishing line. The local club Fredrikstad Bueskyttere, celebrating their first 60 years, invites to the competitions between 18-20 August.
The event will gather between 250-300 athlets, from 13 years and upwards.
The World Sailing Championships in 8mR at Hankø outside Fredrikstad takes part 10-20 August. Kongelig Norsk Seilforening is the organizing club. The regatta is also a greeting to His Majesty King Harald of Norway, who turned 80 earler this year. Actually, he will participate with his boat ”Sira”.
The 8mR boats are built after the more than 100 years old R-rule. Some of them are close to 100 years old, whereas others are rather new.
LToN as the final
Ladies Tour of Norway concludes the sports party in Fredrikstad. The stage starts in neighbouring city Sarpsborg and ends with three quick laps in the center of the city. Along the course, and at the hot spot, the audience can follow the action both in real life and at the videoboard.
Being the first ever World Tour-race in Norway, the sports party is indeed an event worth while joining!
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