Within beautiful scenery we invite you to the world’s largest bike challenge. Vätternrundan is truly an experience. 300 km around the lake Vättern 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 Vätternrundan 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
- Bike 300km
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 Startis 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Vätternrundan weather forecast
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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