The tenth Cykelvasan will run on Saturday, August 11, 2018 along the classic Sälen–Mora stretch. Today, this year’s Cykelvasan 90 became fully booked – which means 13,000 registered. The race filled up almost two months earlier than last year, cementing its position as the nation’s biggest cross-country bike race. Meanwhile there are almost 2,500 places left in the popular Cykelvasan Öppet Spår.
“We can see, once again, that Vasaloppet engages and motivates people to get moving; that we are a goal for their training in both winter and summer,” says Vasaloppet’s CEO Eva-Lena Frick.
66,700 people registered for Vasaloppet races during the Winter Week 2018, and the Summer Week in August 2018 could beat last year’s record number of almost 31,000 participants (of which just over 24,000 were cyclists and 7,000 runners.)
“It would mean that we, for the first time ever, will welcome over 100,000 participants to our winter and summer races. It feels fantastic and inspiring for all of us working on these races, but above all it’s an honour, and we take it as a sign that we’re offering good experiences that participants want to return to.”
Cykelvasan first ran in 2009. And many participants return, year after year. One possible explanation why so many choose to return is the Vasaloppet organization’s constant work to further develop the participant experience. Millions have been invested in adapting the Vasaloppet Arena for the Summer Week, and new gravel roads and paths have been created in the terrain. In 2017 only 5.5 km of the race ran on asphalt, in contrast to the first year, where half of Cykelvasan 90 ran on asphalt roads.
In total there are now over 21,000 registered for the Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018, of which over 18,000 are for the bike races.
Registrants Cykelvasan 2018:
Friday, August 10: 3,588 are registered for Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Saturday, August 11: 13,000 are registered for Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180319)
Sunday, August 12: 849 are registered for Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sunday, August 12: 29 are registered for Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sunday, August 12: 781 are registered for Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
In addition to these, the 1 km exhibition race Cykelvasasprinten is held on Friday, August 10 in Lindvallen, Sälen. A qualifier, open to the public, for Cykelvasasprinten takes place on Thursday, August 9 at 18.00–19.00. Barnens Vasalopp on bike is held on Friday, August 10 in Sälen and Saturday, August 11 in Mora.
More facts about Cykelvasan 2018:
– Out of the 13,000 cyclists already registered for Cykelvasan 90, about 15 percent are women.
– In Cykelvasan 90 there are 355 registered in the competition class and 12,645 in the leisure class.
– 158 people have participated in all nine Cykelvasan 90 races that have run since the start in 2009.
– 34 percent of the 13,000 registered for Cykelvasan 90 are participating in the race for the first time.
Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena:
Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen, Sälen.
Sat 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180319)
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 12 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 18 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 18 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4,5–15 km. Running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.
Sat 18 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 19.1–24.2 km. Running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen.
Vasaloppet Winter Week 2019
Fri 22 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 23 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 24 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 9/19 km Start Eldris/Hökberg.
Sun 24 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 25 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 26 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 1 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km.Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 1 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen.
Sat 2 Mar: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 3 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 180318)