As part of a long term project looking at masculinity in its various forms, Espen Rasmussen met some of the competitors at two extreme sport events in the minutes after they finished and photographed them and their feet. The first race, Den Store Styrkeproven, or Great Trial of Strength, is the longest one stage cycle race in the world, held in Norway since the mid 1960s. It is open to anyone over the age of 17 and puts the riders through a gruelling 540 kms from Trondheim to Oslo, the capital. Most riders manage to finish the race within the allotted 36 hour window and while there are a few hundred female competitors each year, it is an event very much dominated by men. The other is the Bislett Ultra Indoor Challenge, a run which lasts for 24 hours and is held at the Bislett Athletics Stadium in Oslo. Like other extreme sports events, these races have an element of masochism and a drive to stretch the limits of the body's capacity to endure pain and strain.
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