Paradise for cyclists
Oulu has become famous throughout Finland for its cycling network. It gained recognition for its network of tracks, which cross the mouth of the river, and the Finnish Traffic Association nominated them as Bicycle Path of the Year in autumn 1996. Oulu is part of the Finnish Cyclist Municipalities Network and the only Finnish city to be in the Cities for Cyclists Network.
Equipment: Many people, who use public transport during other times of the year, take to their bikes for the summer months. There are fewer cyclists during the winter months but a fearless band of year-round cyclists exists, both men and women, who defy the frost throughout the season. It is easy to cycle to and from work or school even in snow, as the main tracks are cleared and sanded before 7.00am Monday to Friday. The network of main streets and roads in Oulu is now virtually complete, although some of the main streets still need improvement and the network needs one or two stretches of ring road outside the city centre.
Finnish Ice-Hockey Champion 2007 + 2008
Like years before Oulu has been Finnish champion in 2007 with its team Oulun Kärpät. In a very close walking distance to inner downtown you can reach the stadion very easy. I think it is a must to watch a game if you have the chance (being there during the season).
EDIT: YEAAAH, we managed it in 2008 again!!!!
Equipment: Of course you will need a ticket to watch the game. One possible place to get the ticket is the ticket counter in the shopping center 'Stockmann'. There you need to take the stairs to the second level. I advice you not to wait until the day before the match as many places are reserved for seasonal ticket holders. Anyway, I you have no other chance, try it. There might be some left for you. You will most probably end up in a corner of the hall, but never mind, you will see the field.
Stockmann is here!
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Frisbee-Golfing in Toppila
Well, people never stop learning in their life. Today I learned something special: There exists a sport called Frisbee-Golf. I was biking and saw some people throwing frisbees and then I realized that they were aiming at something. So I asked them if they play some sort of Golf and indeed that is what the sport is called.
So it works the following way. Like normal golf there is a wide area with tracks. These have to be managed by throwing your disc. Instead of holes in the ground the goal is to get the frisbee into baskets.
At the parking there were some papes hanging out andI found out that there is even a club here in Oulu, which hosts that Frisbee-Golf track.
If you are interested, check out the web... see the links below...
Equipment: A frisbee
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