The Tele2 Bike Tour raised 300 000 SEK to SOS Children Villages


Photographer: Tele2

With the time 15 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds, the winner of the Tele2 Bike Tour, Samuel Skott, crossed the finish line in Vilnius. The Group Leadership Team started the race two days ago in Riga with the purpose to fearlessly raise money for a good cause.

It was a team of sore but determined competitors that reached the finish line in Vilnius today after having biked 352 kilometers from Riga. Throughout the race, the Leadership Team visited several cities, Tele2 stores and had the opportunity to visit SOS Children Villages to see what the money they are donating goes to. The final amount that was given to the organization at the end of the race was 300 000 SEK.

Allison Kirkby, President and Group CEO, comments: “It has been an amazing 2,5 days together with my team on the road. The fearless challenger spirit is a part of who we are but even if we all are competitive, I think that we have been brilliant at supporting and pushing each other throughout the race. I am also humbled by seeing first hand the SOS Children Villages work in Latvia and Lithuania and I am proud to be contributing to such a great organization.”

The winner of the race was a happy, but tired Samuel Skott, CEO of Tele2 Sweden.

“I am proud that I won the race and I am proud of the team. However, I am mostly proud of that we managed to gather 300 000 SEK to SOS Children Villages trough this race. It has been a great journey.”


  1. Samuel Skott
  2. Jon James
  3. Lars Nordmark
  4. Viktor Wallström
  5. Richard Peers
  6. Allison Kirkby
  7. Guillaume Van Gaver
  8. Stina Andersson
  9. Fredrik Stenberg
  10. Stefan Backman

Vasaloppet: Cykelvasan races divided into three days in 2018


In August 2018 Vasaloppet’s Summer Week will take place for the tenth time, now with three days of biking, instead of the previous two. It’s due to the large interest that Ungdomscykelvasan, Cykelvasan 30 and Cykelvasan 45 are moving from Friday to Sunday. Since 2013 the amount of registered participants in Vasaloppet’s Summer Week has increased by 40 percent. Here we will also present this year’s participation statistics.

When Cykelvasan started in 2009 it also established Vasaloppet’s Summer Week. In 2017 the Summer Week attracted a total of 30,829 registered participants, an increase of six percent compared to 2016. Since 2013 the increase is a massive 40 percent!

Cykelvasan 2018 will take place during these three days:
Friday August 10: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår
Saturday August 11: Cykelvasan 90
Sunday August 12: Ungdomscykelvasan, Cykelvasan 30 and Cykelvasan 45

Cykelvasan Öppet Spår grew this year by 23 percent and moving the shorter races to Sunday in 2018 will allow the maximum amount of Cykelvasan Öppet Spår participants to be raised.
“At present we cannot keep growing and maintain the quality of our races without expanding the number of days. Among other reasons we’ve chosen to place the shorter races on Sunday since they finish earlier in the day, allowing participants to travel home during the afternoon,” says Tommy Höglund, Sport Manager at Vasaloppet.

Another reason for this change is the logistic traffic situation in Mora during the Friday, which is already strained. This year there were 10,000 cyclists finishing on Friday, while many others were collecting number bibs for Saturday, which led to many cars in movement at once.
“Now we’ll be able to receive more cyclists in Cykelvasan Öppet Spår on Friday, which will also start earlier, giving cyclists more time out on the course. Experience also shows that there are more children, youths and families participating in the shorter races, so we believe that placing them on a Sunday will give more people the opportunity to participate,” says Tommy Höglund.

Statistics, Vasaloppet’s Summer Week2017, race by race
Cykelvasan registered starting aborted finishing
Cykelvasan 90 13044 11646 140 11506
Cykelvasan Öppet Spår 4948 4432 115 4317
Cykelvasan 45 2549 2245 13 2232
Ungdomscykelvasan 255 236 3 233
Cykelvasan 30 3371 3146 8 3138
Total Cykelvasan 24167 21705 279 21426
Vasastafetten registered starting aborted finishing
Number of teams 426 385 4 381
Including Vasastafetten’s 10 sections 4260 3850 40 3810
Vasakvartetten registered starting aborted finishing
Number of teams 164 142 3 139
Including Vasakvartetten’s 4 sections 656 568 12 556
Ultravasan registered starting aborted finishing
Ultravasan 90 1019 899 103 796
Ultravasan 45 727 573 15 558
Total Ultravasan 1746 1472 118 1354
Total Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2017 30829 27595 449 27146

Registration for Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2018 opens on Sunday, September 10 at 09:00 on More information on how registration works will be available at

Events in the Vasaloppet Arena next year:

Vasaloppet Winter Week 2018
Fri 23 Feb: Kortvasan. 
30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 24 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 25 Feb: Ungdomsvasan.
Sun 25 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 26 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 27 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 2 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 2 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen. (FULL 170319)
Sat 3 Mar: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 4 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 170319)

Vasaloppet Summer Week 2018
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen
Fri 10 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen. Start Sälen
Sat 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen
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

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