Roads in Norway them were just two single mud paths of various depth caused by the common traffic, horse carriages with their high ironclad wheels.
When NMK (Norsk Motorcykle Klub) advertised such an endurance race to be held during a weekend in late August, a group of 21 brave men met with their bikes at the starting line at "Festningsplassen". Of the 21 bikes there were 17 solo machines, three sidecar outfits and one cycle car. The great race was to start Friday afternoon, and hopefully all riders were to be back by Sunday afternoon, Chr. Fougner who had planned the route had estimated the race was planned to last 42 hours.
Before the start had taken place it appeared just the thought of the ride and the bad weather scared off 9 entrants, hence the number of participants leaving Kristiania was now down to 13 riders, 12 solo bikes and the cycle car.
In a short time after the start, another 6 riders had given up due to bad roads and technical issues, most of them before Kongsvinger, today this is a hours ride out of Oslo. Among those that did not get to Kongsvinger was the cycle car.
A total of 7 bikes managed to get all the way to Trondhjem. Rider Andreas Bjørnestad on his Harley was the first to cross the city line. Then followed Oscar Wiger on his Reading Standard, Erik Gotaas on his Excelsior, Lauritz Larsen (bike unknown by now), Macke Nicolaysen reading Standard, I.L. Vister on an Indian, and finally the Dane Theilman-Ibsen on his BSA.
After a short nap and some intense motorcycle maintenance the riders started on their return back to Kristiania.
During the ride back mr. Larsen crashed his bike not far out of Trondheim, at Svorkmo, and had to give up the race. The remaining six riders continued their race towards Kristiania (Oslo).
The first rider back to Oslo was Mr. Wiger on his mighty RS machine and a mere second later 19 years young Mr. Gotaas on his Excelsior, both men arrived in Oslo just before 9 Sunday evening.
Third was mr. Bjørnestad on his Harley Davidson. Bjørnestad had lost both time and points due to helping other riders with their technical issues along the road. On top of that he had an accident near Toten that knocked him out for quite a while.
Fourth was Mr. Vister on his Indian Power Plus, fifth Dane Theilman.Ibsen on his little BSA single cylinder (the only bike participating that sported a front brake) and finally Macke Nicolaysen on his RS who arrived Monday morning at 09.40, twelve hours behind Wiger & Gotaas.
When the race officials had gone trough the feedback from inspectors along the trial the points for those that got back were as follows;
Erik Gotaas 390 Points, Oscar Wiger 403 Points, Andreas Bjørnestad 465 Points, I.L. Vister 558 Points, Theilman-Ibsen 1035 Points and finally Macke Nicolaysen with 1150 Points.
The winner of the Trondhjemsridtet 1919 was Mr. Erik Gotaas.