Vasaloppet: The 10th anniversary Cykelvasan 90 is fully booked

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)

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

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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.”

Result

  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

SouthWest Germany: Europe’s most bike-friendly Region

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Copyright: Thurgau Tourismus

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, invented by Karl Drais in SouthWest Germany. Today, the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg scores for being cycle-friendly, in cities like Karlsruhe, throughout the Black Forest and around gorgeous Lake Constance. Within easy reach of Stuttgart Airport, it is easy to rent regular bikes, e-bikes, mountain bikes, even e-mountain bikes. Pedal on wide bike lanes; cruise streets where cyclists have priority over cars. Relax. Have fun. Raise a toast to Karl Drais!

Lake Constance – Glorious Scenery in Four Countries

Nothing beats cycling round Lake Constance. Known as “Bodensee” in German, the lake is bordered Germany, Austria and Switzerland; while the Principality of Liechtenstein is a short detour away. Cycling is easy on the Bodensee Radwege, the 170 miles/273 km of clearly-marked, well-paved trails that follow the lake shore. Along the way, are medieval Meersburg, Friedrichshafen and grand mountain views. Or pedal the scenic 40-year-old Danube-Lake Constance route from pretty Ulm to Kressbronn, set in apple and cherry orchards and hop fields.

More information:  http://www.lake-constance.com/ 

The Black Forest – Memorable Holidays

With some 5,000 miles/8,500 km of cycle trails, the Black Forest is a perfect destination for cyclists, from families and couples to enthusiastic mountain bikers. Paths are clearly marked; hotels and inns are cycle-friendly; along the way, local crafts, charming villages and breath-taking views provide excuses to stop. With its rolling hills and clear lakes, rushing streams and dense woodland, the Black Forest is all about the Great Outdoors. And if hiking is more your thing, choose from the 14,000 miles/23,000 km separate, but equally well-marked, walking trails.

More information: http://www.blackforest-tourism.com/discovery/sports 

Karlsruhe – A Nature Bicycle Tour

Karl Drais, the inventor of the Draisine, the forerunner of the bicycle, was born in Karlsruhe. Today, this is one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. Not only do streets have cycle lanes, some give cyclists priority over cars. Opening in June, the NaturRADtour leads through eight nature reserves, including attractions, such as Oberwald Zoo. Starting and finishing at Karlsruhe’s splendid palace, this flat, 30-mile/48km path is family friendly. But there are also public parks, forests and nature reserves to be explored. And when you feel tired, put your bike on the tram: it’s allowed!

More information: https://www.karlsruhe-tourismus.de/en/discover/freetime/cycling 

Stuttgart Airport – The Gateway to Green Holidays  

Within a couple of hours’ drive from Stuttgart Airport, you can be pedalling or hiking though some of Europe’s prettiest countryside, enjoying wildflowers, bird song and fresh air. H ike or bike in the beautiful Black Forest; at Lake Constance, cycle along the shore or take a ferry to one of the islands. And Stuttgart is so easy to get to, thanks to daily, direct flights from Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, as well as regular, frequent flights from London Stansted, Manchester and Edinburgh.

More information:  www.stuttgart-airport.com

Become a bike ambassador for the UK’s best cycling destination!

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Yorkshire’s cycling heartland is calling for bike ambassadors to help acknowledge its place as the UK’s top destination for pedal power.

“We believe that the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area is unbeatable in the UK for the sheer variety and quality of its cycling, making it one of Britain’s premier holiday destinations for two-wheeled adventures. But we need help from people of all ages and abilities to explore this vast cycling country, so it can take its place as a top destination for pedal-power!” says Janet Deacon

Area Director North Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire .

From lazy riverside meanders perfect for Sunday tandems (or little legs), the highest ‘king of the mountain’ challenges for road-racers, and world-class mountain-biking trails, there’s a route for everyone in the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors – indeed cycling is the best way to explore the area’s unique coast and countryside.

“Cyclists receive a warm welcome throughout the area, and you’ll find a wide range of facilities to make sure your visit goes smoothly, from cycle-friendly accommodation and bike hire, to tea-rooms, who know how to feed a healthy appetite! So whether you’re a keen cyclist or haven’t ridden a bicycle for years, there’s no better time to get on a bike and off the beaten track to find your own special places and memories,” adds Janet Deacon.

Use the following suggestions to start exploring this special cycling area and then post your Bike Ambassador review on Twitter at @discovercoast or on Discover Yorkshire Coast’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/discoveryorkshirecoast):

  • Bag a personal piece of le Tour: the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the most significant events in the British cycling calendar (and one of Britain’s most popular road races), is set to travel through the heart of the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area for the third time in 2017, but there’s a huge choice of shorter loops to avoid those leg-breaking hills, while still enjoying the fresh air, tranquillity, and magnificent moorland and coastal scenery.
  • For a road-bike challenge, the area has some of Britain’s toughest climbs, including the infamous Rosedale Chimney at Rosedale Abbey with a 1:3 gradient. There’s also White Horse Bank (25%), nearby Boltby Bank (20%), and Carlton Bank (30%). Fortunately, cycling the hills is not compulsory because the climbs are located at the heart of miles of uninterrupted cycling, many connecting to longer-distance ready-made and traffic-free cycling trails
  • Dalby Forest is one of Britain’s best and largest mountain biking centres, featuring over 70km cycling routes extending across an epic 8000 acres, including the World Cup Trail, a dedicated Bike Park with jumps and pump track, and an impressive range of facilities at the Dalby Bike Barn, including expert tuition, and bike hire, sales and service. There are routes to suit every level of cycling ability, and for non-cycling family and friends, there’s plenty of alternative entertainment, from play areas to creative paper-making
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre has grown into one of the UK’s best moorland centres for cyclists, with ‘top of the world’ cycling on family-friendly, purpose-built trails connected to a vast network of bridleways and quiet country lanes. For top tips on the area ask the friendly staff in the Centre or at Sutton Bank Bikes which has bike hire, a cycle shop, service centre and bike wash, and also offers courses and guided rides. The Centre also a tea-room, famed locally for its hearty meals and delicious cakes!
  • Best long-distance routes: the 150-mile Moors to Sea Cycle Network journeys through stunning moorland, coastal and forest scenery in a series of circular loops, that would take five to six days to cycle in one go. The route follows quiet roads, woodland tracks, bridleways, and the ‘Cinder Track’ along the line of the former railway with panoramic views across the coast, (and definitely family and novice-proof!). In addition, several well-signposted long-distance cycling routes pass through the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors area, including Sustrans Routes 1, 65, 165 and 168, and the 179 mile Walney to Whitby (W2W) coast-to-coast challenge route through the Esk Valley. Road-cyclists should also look out for local favourites, the ‘Brandsdale Loop’, and routes around Castle Howard, the Esk Valley (especially Egton Bridge), and circulars connecting Leavening Brow to Kirkham Gorge. To find out about these, and much more visitwww.discoveryorkshirecoast.com .
  • Sustrans National Route 1 deserves a special mention, meandering along one of the most stunning parts of the Yorkshire Coast along the 21-mile ‘Cinder Track’, the original railway line between Scarborough and Whitby. Although it has a few ‘coastal contours’, it is always a family or beginners’ favourite, being quietly off-road with plenty of flat sections and ‘I-Spy’ opportunities (from a giant viaduct, to smuggling villages), and regular energy restoring pit-stops at tea-rooms en route
  • The North York Moors National Park also boasts some of the Britain’s best ‘wild’ and year-round trail-riding, according to the Good Mountain Biking Guide , including the country’s finest ridge riding along Rudland Rigg, and also some of the best moorland downhill singletrack. Other favourite off-road starting points include Danby, Westerdale, Goathland, Rosedale Abbey and the Hole of Horcum – the north’s Grand Canyon. Towards the south, explore the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Castle Howard, Britain’s finest stately home. There’s a vast criss-crossing network of on and off-road cycling trails, and as the countryside barely rises above 200m, it’s the place to enjoy a gentler pace of cycling, alongside stunning scenery, heritage and wildlife. It’s almost impossible to pedal two miles without a tea-room, so there’s no chance of running out of energy.

    You can find loads of bike-friendly information and routes maps at www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com,www.northyorkmoors.org.uk /cycling , www.visitryedale.co.uk , and www.howardianhills.org.uk.