Cykelvasan 2016, the biggest Nordic mountain bike race


The first Cykelvasan ran in 2009 and attracted almost 2,000 registered participants. Now that it’s time for the eighth edition of Cykelvasan, on August 12–13, there are, so far, more than 22,000 registrants – a new record! Here we have collected facts, statistics and information about Cykelvasan, which is now the biggest Nordic mountain bike race.

Ungdomscykelvasan, Cykelvasan 30 and Cykelvasan 45 will run on Friday August 12 – all these shorter races start in Oxberg. The first start in Cykelvasan Öppet Spår will be on the same day at 11:30 in Sälen.

The exhibition race Cykelvasasprinten will be decided in the lower sections of the Lindvallen ski slopes next to Ski Lodge on Friday, August 12 at 15:00, and it is an integral part of the Vasaloppet bike races during the Summer Week. The sprint, which has a women’s and men’s class, draws an audience of 2,000–3,000 every year. An exciting new feature introduced in 2016 is the open qualifier for the public at 13:00–14:00. The qualifier consists of one lap around the track with manual timing. No pre-registration is required. Bring your bike and helmet and you’ll be able to compete! The two fastest ladies and the two fastest men go on to challenge the invited elite cyclists in Cykelvasasprinten. The men’s class consists of about 20 cyclists and will this year be run in two semifinal heats from which the top five from each heat move on to the finals. The ladies will, like last year, have a separate final. Each race will run two laps on a short, technical and audience-friendly track.

Saturday August 13 will present another first since the women’s competition class in the main race Cykelvasan 90 (currently 40 registered participants) starts at 07:30 in Sälen, 45 minutes before the men’s competition class at 08:15. Cykelvasan’s group starts makes this, unlike in ski races, a relatively simple alteration that will not affect the overall race to any great extent. 45 minutes is estimated to be enough to separate the female and male top elite competitors all the way to Mora. This will let the foremost ladies compete amongst themselves, neither prevented nor helped by the men. First start group in the leisure class starts at 08:30.

Apart from the above mentioned races there will also be “Barnens Vasalopp cykel”, a bike race for the very youngest, up to about 10 years of age. In Sälen it runs on August 12, and in Mora on August 13. All participants will bike a short stretch, wear a number bib, and receive a diploma and medal.

Registrants Wednesday 2016-08-10
Cykelvasan 90 is fully booked; in other words there are 13,000 registered participants for the race between Sälen and Mora. In total, the five Cykelvasan races 2016 now have 22,217 registered participants. New record! There are still places available in the Friday races. Direct registration to these races can be made on location during Thursday and Friday.
Registered for Ungdomscykelvasan (32 km): 232
Registered for Cykelvasan 30 (32 km): 2,758
Registered for Cykelvasan 45 (45 km): 2,252
Registered for Cykelvasan Öppet Spår (94 km): 3,975
Registered for Cykelvasan 90 (94 km): 13,000 (competition and leisure class)

In Cykelvasan 90 on Saturday, 11 percent of the registered participants are women. (In total, 20 percent of the Cykelvasan participants are women.)

Counties and nations 2016
3,311 Stockholmers are participating in Cykelvasan! The five biggest Swedish counties in Cykelvasan 2016 are: Stockholm (3,311), Västra Götaland (3,121), Dalarna (1,899), Uppsala (1,161) and Gävleborg (894).

Cykelvasan’s five races 2016 have participants from 25 different nations, including Sweden. The five largest nations (except Sweden) are Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland. Nearly 700 Norwegian participants are registered. Participants are aged between 8 and 79 and the average age is 43.

Previous winners in Cykelvasan, men
2009 Matthias Wengelin, Cykloteket RT, 2.43.27
2010 Magnus Darvell, Team Kalas/Pedalogerna, 2.39.00 (Record time!)
2011 Jesper Dahlström, Motala AIF Cykelklubb, 2.47.32
2012 Jesper Dahlström, Team Cykelcity, 2.47.20
2013 Fredrik Ericsson, CK, 2.43.01
2014 Johan Landström, Motala AIF/SCOTT 2.45.59
2015 Alexander Wetterhall, Team Tre Berg – BIANCHI, 2:44:35

Previous winners in Cykelvasan, women
2009 Hanna Bergman, Falu CK, 3.09.05
2010 Emmy Thelberg, Härnösands CK, 2.54.53
2011 Pia Sundstedt, Finland, 2.56.19
2012 Jennie Stenerhag, Falu CK, 3.02.06
2013 Alexandra Engen, GHOST Factory RT/Jönköpings CK, 2.55.37
2014 Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak, Norway, 2.53.44 (Record time!)
2015 Jennie Stenerhag, Falu CK, 2:57:22

Participant statistics through the years (all stretches):
Cykelvasan 2009: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 1,911/1,760/1,747
Cykelvasan 2010: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 4,479/4,077/4,045
Cykelvasan 2011: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 7,874/7,180/7,031
Cykelvasan 2012: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 12,840/10,629/10,475
Cykelvasan 2013: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 16,855/14,811/14,546
Cykelvasan 2014: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 16,927/15,291/15,122
Cykelvasan 2015: Registered/Starting/Finishing: 19,991/18,000/17,708
Cykelvasan 2016: Registered so far: 22,217

3 x 90 km
2014 was the first year one could complete “Vasaloppstrippeln” in its entirety, that is Vasaloppet/Öppet Spår (skiing), Cykelvasan 90/Cykelvasan Öppet Spår (cycling) and Ultravasan 90 (running). That year, 14 people managed the achievement. In 2015, that exclusive group counted 18 in number, one of whom was a woman. It remains to be seen how many there will be in 2016? One person has managed this triple feat both years.

There is a lot happening in and around the Vasaloppet Arena during Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2016. Take part in the whole programme:

Registration for Cykelvasan 2017
Opens Sunday September 18, 2016, at 09:00 on

Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena

Vasaloppet Summer Week 2016
Fri 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 13 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (13,000 entries. FULL 18/12/2015)
Sat 20 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 20 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 20 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4.5–15 km. Running relay race for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.

Vasaloppet Winter Week 2017
Fri 24 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 25 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 26 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 3, 5, 7 or 9 km. Start Mora Ski Stadium.
Sun 26 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 27 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 28 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 3 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 3 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen. (1,500 entries. FULL 20/03/2016)
Sat 4 Mar: Öppet Spår 9 km. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 5 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (15,800 entries. FULL 20/03/2016)