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Vätternrundan

Bike 300km

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Within beautiful scenery we invite you to the worlds largest bike challenge. Vtternrundan is truly an experience. 300 km around the lake Vttern is a proper test for the many participants that annually gathers in Motala for the bike festivity. The event takes place in June and is a part of the Swedish Classic!

The first Vtternrundan took place in 1966 with just over 300 riders, and since then the ride has grown to be a must for cyclists worldwide. The pressure and demand to get an entry is always sky high and the ride is popular for many reasons

How to enter the Vätternrundan

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    Bike 300km

Vätternrundan route

THE COURSE

Vätternrundan (pronounced vet-turn-rund-an) is the largest recreational bicycle ride in the world. The 300 km course follows the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Vättern and early starters can see the sun set and rise over the lake during the ride.

Vätternrundan starts and finishes in Motala, Sweden, whose population swells to three times its size during the cycling events. The cyclists, their friends and relatives and the thousands of bicycles create a festival atmosphere, making the bike ride that extra special. Many cyclists return year after year to be a part of this large and welcoming cycling community.

The course appeals to all sorts of bicycle enthusiasts and the level of service along the course is very high. Word of this well-organised event has spread far beyond the borders of Sweden. More than 50 different nations is represented.

Because Vätternrundan is a recreational ride, no winners are listed. Instead cyclists wear a timing chip that registers their individual times. These times can be seen under Results. Everyone can check what time they started, when they passed the check points and what time they arrived at the finish in Motala.

The Start

is in Motala, by the Town square. Participants start from 7.30pm Friday evening until approximately 6.30am on Saturday morning. The start attracts a large number of spectators and the festivities last the whole night. Near the start you find a small bicycle service in case something unexpectedly happen with your bike on the way to the start. There you also can make minor last-minute bike related purchases. Of course there are several toilets near the start. Between the City Park and the start you can fill your bottles with water and energy drink and if you’d like you can have a warming cup of coffee.

All the service depots serve Beverages such as coffee, water, honey water, blueberry soup and ENERVIT energy drinks. Salted gherkin, buns and bananas is also served.

Ödeshög 47 km
The first stop is usually reached quickly. The course is lined with cheering spectators and there are few hills. Beverages and buns are served.

Ölmstad 83 km

This service depot is the last one before you will be served a warm meal in Jönköping

Jönköping 104 km

The depot is situated next to Kinnarps Arena. A warm meal of meatballs and mashed potatoes is served. For those who prefer breakfast food there is bread, porridge and bananas.

Fagerhult 133 km

Beverages, buns, bananas and a well-deserved rest.

Hjo 171 km

Hjo gives every cyclist a warm welcome! Here cyclists are served a warm meal of lasagna and salad. A new snack for many is pickled salted gherkin, a juicy way to get some salt. For those who are more up to having a breakfast, there is corn flakes, milk and coffee.

Karlsborg 204 km

A rest in a picturesque area next to the old fortress. Beverages and buns.

Boviken 225 km

A beautiful nature spot that many look forward to. Beverages, buns and bananas. Bananas are always served cut in half, for easy eating.

Hammarsundet 257 km

On the bridge over the strait you can view northern Vättern and its beautiful archipelago. Beverages, buns and bananas.

Medevi 274 km

Medevi is the site of an old spa. Here on a summery meadow cyclists can listen to music and have coffee and sticky buns with honey.

The Finish
The finish is in Motala, on the lakeside promenade, next to the city park. Here, participants receive their medal, being photographed, and further on being served a meal.

Marshals

Marshals are stationed along the entire course. They will help you at traffic junctions and in places where there may be some doubt about the course. In addition, traffic cones and other markings are used to keep you on track. There is no need to bring a map.

*Largest in terms of the total cycled distance of all participants; i.e. participants x kilometres.

Groups

Since there are about 1300 fast riding cyclists completing Vätternrundan in 8 hours or less (named Sub-group), we give the opportunity to those cyclists to pre-book their start spots. Please notice that this kind of group must contain a minimum of 20 riders per group and that the registration is based on a first come first served principle. We have room for circa 20 start groups with a starting time between 12.00 and 01.28 p.m. on Saturday.

Please notice that the registration for pre-booked groups takes place between June 29-August 25. When starting times between 12.00-01.28 p.m. are booked up, pre-booked Sub-groups will be offered another starting time.

The final start in the regular field is around 6.30 am Saturday morning.

The reason we have opened up the possibility for fast groups to start at noon on Saturday is that we want to reduce the number of overtaking, from a security point of view. A later start means that the fast groups will not overtake other cyclists until they reach the west side of Lake Vättern, moreover a larger amount of participants in the regular start field has reached the finish.

Cut off times
The cut-off times are: Ödeshög 3.15 p.m., Ölmstad 3.45 p.m., Jönköping 5 p.m., Fagerhult 6 p.m., Hjo 7 p.m., Karlsborg 8 p.m., Boviken 8.40 p.m., Hammarsundet 9.40 p.m. and the finish in Motala at 00.00 (midnight). If you miss these cut-off times you will be asked to leave the course.

Photography
Vätternrundan reserves the right to use any photographs (and video) of participants in their marketing. If you think you might appear on a picture and do not wish this to be officially, please contact us on +46 141 22 32 90 and we will help.

Littering
Note that littering is prohibited under Swedish law, read more at Keep Sweden Tidy (NOTE! Sorry, only in Swedish). Do not throw trash along the beautiful course. Bring it with you to the nearest depot service or littering zone found at several locations along the course. Thank you for helping us help the environment.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Service cars patrolling the course
Raceday Logistics

REGISTRATION

Registration is made in 3-4 steps:

Create your profile/log in
If you have been registered to any of our rides before, you already have an account. If not, go to My Pages and create an account.

Registration of interest
The registration of interest for Vätternrundan 300 km opens before the registration day and is needed to be able to confirm and pay your entry. For Tjejvättern, Halvvättern, MTB-Vättern and Vätternrundan 100 km you get straight to the payment. This is also where you prepare groups and for MTB-Vättern you chose what distance you will ride.

Registration
You register for Vätternrundan 300 km with the registration code you get via the registration of interest. For the other rides you get straight to the registration after registration of interest.
On-site registration will be possible if there’s still entries left.

Payment
If you receive an entry in Vätternrundan 300 km you will get an e-mail that asks you to pay for your entry within 5 work days to confirm you entry. The other rides needs payment directly after the registration.
FAQs

REGISTRATION -

What is the transfer period and how does it work?
The transfer period is a time span when you can buy another participants entry in Vätternrundan on the secondary market. The period is between 18th of March and 5th of June (11th of June for Vätternrundan 300 km). Read more here!

How do I log in to My Pages?
You need a customer number and a password. If you have participated in any of our events after 2001, you already got a customer number and a password. If you have forgotten or lost them, go to My Pages to order new. If you don’t have access to the e-mail address you once registered, please send us an e-mail [email protected] and state your date of birth and your current e-mail address, so that we can send you new log in details. Click “New customer” if you haven’t participated before.

What’s the difference between registration of interest, registration, a granted entry and a confirmed and approved registration?
There are four steps to get a confirmed and approved registration to our events. First, you do a registration of interest that gives you (or the group) a registration code. (Read more below). On the day of the main registration you fill in the registration code and press send. Then, if you are fast enough, you will be granted a start spot in Vätternrundan 300 km but to get a confirmed and approved registration, the entry fee must be payed first. You will receive an e-mail with information about the payment, after which you will have five (5) days to pay to confirm the registration. If you don’t pay on time, your entry will go back to the waiting list.

For Tjejvättern 100 km, Vätternrundan 100 km and Halvvättern 150 km the registration of interest step is integrated with the registration, but you can prepare groups in this step.

When is the main registration day?
The registration of interest for Vätternrundan 300 km 2019 opens the 17th of June (and closes the 19th of October). The main registration for Vätternrundan 300 km opens the 23rd of October at 7.00 p.m. (Swedish time).

The registration for MTB-Vättern 25 km/50 km, Tjejvättern 100 km, Halvvättern 150 km, and Vätternrundan 100 km 2019 opens the 17th of June. Read more about registration for Tjejvättern and Halvvättern!

Note that because Halvvättern 150 km and Tjejvättern 100 km and Vätternrundan 100 km won’t be fully booked immediately, registration continues until the ride is sold out or the registration period has expired.

How does group registration work?
First and foremost, there is a difference between registering a group and a pre-booked group. A pre-booked group is intended for bigger start groups, e.g. cycling clubs and costs 1 800 SEK and can be booked from the 17th of June, at 5 p.m. through My Pages and under the tab Group pre-booking. Minimum participants in a pre-booked group is 10 (20 in Vätternrundan 300 km) and maximum 40.
If you create a regular group you will get the same starting time as your friend(s) and the group leader will take care of registering the group. The group leader can pay only for him or herself, for others, or for the whole group. The maximum number of persons in a regular group is 40 and the minimum is 2.
As a group leader you either add friends or invite friends to join the group. If you choose to add friends directly you need their customer number and date of birth (YY-MM-DD). You can also give them the registration code so that they can join the group themselves via My Pages. The group leader can check at My Pages to see who has joined the group. For Tjejvättern 100 km, Vätternrundan 100 km and Halvvättern 150 km it is important to wait until all group members are named and listed before you click on “Confirm and Pay”. If this is done before all group members have joined the group it will be locked and no one else can join.
If anything should go wrong or need to be adjusted, the group leader can always go to My Pages and use the waste bin icon to delete the group. All participants will then be removed and the procedure can be repeated.
Do I have a confirmed registration after registering interest?
No! The registration of interest is just the first step of two in the registration procedure. No entry is confirmed and valid until the it is paid for. In Vätternrundan 300 km you will receive an e-mail instructing you to pay within 5 workdays to complete the registration and this will happen after the main registration, if you have been assigned an entry.

What is the registration of interest?
Registering your interest is necessary for Vätternrundan 300 km to receive a registration code (xxxxxx-xxxxxx) needed on the main registration day, the 23rd of October at 7 p.m (Swedish time).

NOTE! Create a group if you want to ride together!

What is the registration code for?
For Vätternrundan 300 km the registration of interest need to be done no later than the 19th of October to receive the registration code. It is important to have the code available on the main registration day the 23rd of October at 7 p.m (Swedish time)!

On the main registration day you go to the temporary start side at www.vatternrundan.se and paste the registration code and press send. For a group registration the group leader is responsible for the registration. If you/the group be assign an entry you will receive an e-mail within 24 hours with further instructions on payment. NOTE! You do not have an approved entry until you have paid the entry fee.

In Tjejvättern 100, Vätternrundan 100 km and Halvvättern 150 km you will receive a registration code, though it is not necessary for further registration as in Vätternrundan 300 km. It is only for creating groups to get the same starting time. If you are a solo rider you simply press ”Confirm and pay” and if you are a group of riders you make sure all group members are named and listed before you press “Confirm and pay”.

THE EVENT

How fast can we cycle and what will the traffic be like?
The fast start groups are still part of the traditional Vätternrundan, which is a recreational ride. There will be regular car traffic. You must follow the road traffic regulations and the instructions of the course marshals. Please notice that the Sub-groups will catch up with cyclists starting late in the regular start field in the end of the course. It is very important to act friendly and with a sporting behaviour when passing slower cyclists.

What applies for the Sub-groups in Motala?
In Motala you pick up your bib number at the Expo area. After the finish you receive your medal and diploma, just like all the other cyclists.

Who can take part?
All cyclists riding Vätternrundan 300 km in 9 hours or less and are pre-booked in a group of at least 20 participants.

Can I change start group / start time later on?
You can change your start time in Motala, provided there is room in another start group. The cost for this is 200 SEK.

What service will be provided?
On the east side of Vättern there are service cars patrolling the course in case someone need to cancel the race. There will also be a mobile bicycle repair service and first aid support. The regular aid stations and services will not be available for the Sub-groups until they reach the regular starting field. There are though two aid stations for the Sub-groups located in Bankeryd after about 110 km and in Karlsborg after about 210 km. The person who will provide his/her team with own food and drink must as far as possible choose alternative roads to reach those sites. Vätternrundan will provide the stations with energy drink, water, bananas and buns.
RULES
  • Participation takes place at your own risk!
  • By signing your start card with your signature you are commiting to follow Vätternrundan’s rules.
  • It is every cyclist’s responsibility to ensure that they are personally registered on the start number and chip they have received.
  • After the finish, rest before driving a vehicle.
  • Only bicycles with two wheels are permitted on the course.
  • Recumbent bikes are not permitted. Exemption can be given for medical reasons; this requires a doctor’s certificate that specifies that you cannot participate in a Vättern event on a standard bicycle. Please contact our office prior to registering for the event if this is the case.
  • Bar-ends must be plugged.
  • We recommend drop handlebars. Barends are not recommended as they can easily catch and get caught causing accidents.
  • Triathlon, delta or loose bows and all other non-standard handlebars are not permitted.
  • Disc wheels are not permitted.
  • High profile wheels may not be more than 60 millimeters high.
  • Tandem-bikes for max’ two people are permitted. Both riders must be registered for the event and riders must face the same direction that the bike travels in.
  • No private cars or depots are allowed on or around the course during the event. Cars and motorbikes will be visible on the course for sponsor photography. For example: Team Skoda.
  • Cyclists that are not registered for the event are not permitted to cycle with you.
  • An EU EN 1078 approved helmet is to be worn during the entire event and shall be visible to other riders and event volunteers, with the exception of an inflatable collar helmet such as the “Hövding” which is approved during Vättern events.
  • Your start number is to be worn on the chest and the handlebars facing forward during the event. Your chip is to be affixed to your helmet on a smooth, dry surface just above the ear. All other chips must be removed.
  • It is not permitted to use mobile phones whilst cycling. Leave the road if you must use your phone.
  • Please do not photograph any accident scenes that you may happen upon for sharing on social media out of consideration to the affected and their friends and relatives.
  • Music in headphones is not permitted during the event.
  • Please show respect towards all participants and road users.
  • Signs and the volunteers instructions must be followed.
  • It is not permitted to receive any food, liquid or pacing from a vehicle.
  • If you have to make a stop, remove yourself and your bike from the road so as not to be a hindrance and danger to other cyclists, vehicles and yourself.
  • Overtake with care. The roads are open for all traffic.
  • We recommend that cyclists ride no more than two abreast during Vätternrundan’s events so as not to hinder other traffic on the road.
  • Riding in a large group can be dangerous for first time or inexperienced riders. We recommend that you ride at your own pace and not to ride too fast straight from the start.
Additional rules for Vätternrundan 300 km
  • The age requirement is that you will be 18 years old during the same year of participation.
  • Working lights front and back as well as approved reflectors must be use if you start between the hours of 19:30 and 03:00. N.b. This also applies for Saturday evening.
  • You must rest at least six (6) hours after finishing before driving a vehicle according to the Swedish Traffic Law 1998:1276.

Vätternrundan weather forecast

Possible drizzle throughout the day.

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