The Carl Nielsen Tour takes place in mid-May, with route lengths starting at 60 km. As such, it is intended for fitter and more experienced riders. The routes take in the “South Fyn Alps” and West Fyn, where the short, tough climbs call to mind the spring classics in Belgium.
Melfar 24 is a ride for extreme athletes. Forget about spending a couple of pleasant hours in the saddle – this is a 24-hour commitment. Every year, riders from Denmark and abroad set out on an extreme ride around Middelfart. The ride is a qualifier for the legendary Race Across America, and the riders battle to complete more than 643.8 km, which is the distance that grants access to the famous race in the United States.
The oldest bike races in the world include classics such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paris-Roubaix … and Fyen Rundt. Every year, 2,000 amateur riders climb into their saddles for this historical race that has been on the calendar since ’94 – 1894, that is. The day winds up with a veritable festival of cycling in Odense, when riders from the international elite sprint for the finish line.
The Tour de Vestfyn is an annual event held in and around Middelfart. It is a keep fit ride for everyone, with everything from a 10-km family route to the 125-km monster that sees riders climbing fully 1,000 metres on the steep hills of West Fyn.
Hjerterdametouren (the Queen of Hearts ride) is an event for women only. All female cyclists are welcome to take part, and can ride on road routes as well as mountain bike trails. In addition, DKK 100 of the entry fee is donated to the Danish Heart Foundation.
The Tour de Kerteminde started as – and remains – a charity ride. All profits from the event are donated to the DanChurchAid organisation to support its work to combat famine worldwide. Families can choose to ride a gentle circuit in the delightful surroundings of Kertinge Nor (Cove), while more committed riders can take on more challenging routes of 60 and 120 km through the countryside of East Fyn.
The Fyn autumn classic Alpetramp comprises Den Fede (The Cool One) and Den Lede (The Mean One). Two routes with disturbingly many metres of climbs. Den Fede is 70 km long, while Den Lede covers 130 km.