Goteborg 2006 European Athletics Championships
I flew from London to Copenhagen; rode my bike up to Helsingor; caught the ferry across to Helsingborg, Sweden; then rode up to Goteborg.
This is me standing outside Kronborg castle in Helsingor.
The castle is also known as "Elsinore", which is the setting for much of Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
"Something is rotten in the State of Denmark!"
I stayed in a fantastic large house on the northern outskirts of Goteborg.
The house had an indoor swimming pool!
I rode in to the stadium every day, but it was a relatively short and pleasant trip.
I met up with Steve Rippon (UK pole vault coach) again, and we watched all the pole vault competitions.
Kate Dennison (GBR) was in the Women's Pole Vault Qualifying. She jumped 4.30 m but did not advance to the Final.
Here is a view of the stadium for the Men's Pole Vault Qualification.
Alwin, the event mascot.
Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) vaults in the Women's Pole Vault Final.
Yelena won with 4.80 m, Monika Pyrek (POL) was second with 4.65 m, and Tatyana Polnova (RUS) was third with 4.65 m.
Alex Averbukh (ISR) vaults in the Men's Pole Vault Final.
Alex won with 5.70 m.
Romain Mesnil (FRA) vaults in the Men's Pole Vault Final.
Romain tied for second with Tim Lobinger (GER) at 5.65 m.
Nick near one of the bridges in Goteborg.
After the competition I spent several days riding back to Copenhagen, and then returned to London.
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