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New Course Layout For 2023 – Cyclists And Runners Tackle Vasaloppet’s First Hill

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Get ready for an enhanced experience at Vasaloppet Summer Week 2023! The upcoming event will feature an updated course right after the start in Sälen, bringing participants in Cykelvasan Öppet Spår, Cykelvasan 90, Ultravasan 90, and Vasastafetten closer to the iconic first slope and highest point of the Vasaloppet Arena, just like the winter skiers.

Tommy Höglund, Sport Manager at Vasaloppet, expressed his enthusiasm for this development, stating, “The first hill is a classic Vasaloppet landmark, and there has been a desire from us and participants to make this happen. It feels great to be able to present it for this year’s edition of Vasaloppet’s Summer Week.”

Over the years, Vasaloppet has gradually moved away from asphalt roads, focusing on providing a more immersive nature experience. Moving cyclists and runners onto the first slope aligns with this goal.

Tommy Höglund highlighted the new character this change brings to the start of the races, offering participants an exciting challenge and a unique experience tailored to their ambition.

The transition away from asphalt roads also contributes to improved safety for cyclists, as the technical sections of the course will naturally limit speed.

This change is part of a multi-year plan to enhance the Cykelvasan experience, and Vasaloppet aims to continue collaborating with landowners to further refine the route for skiing, cycling, and running.

For runners, the new route allows them to venture into classic Vasaloppet terrain much earlier in the race, adding a fresh element to Ultravasan 90 and the first section of Vasastafetten. Participants will appreciate tackling the Vasaloppet Arena early on, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

To give cyclists a taste of the new course, an on-site event will be held on Thursday, August 10, before the Cykelvasan weekend.

This event offers the chance to compete against Sweden’s elite mountain bikers on Vasaloppet’s renowned first slope, with exciting prizes up for grabs. Keep an eye on for program details.

Prepare for an exhilarating journey in Vasaloppet Summer Week 2023, where the updated route will elevate the race experience.

From the start in Berga village, participants will follow the Västerdalälven river, encounter the famous first hill, and continue on a forest road, leading to the picturesque Smågan checkpoint.

Take it easy at the start, find your pace, and relish the breathtaking approach to Smågan.

Don’t miss out on this thrilling event, where nature, challenge, and camaraderie come together to create unforgettable moments.

Get ready to push your limits and embrace the spirit of Vasaloppet Summer Week 2023!

Vasaloppet upcoming events

Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2023 – biking and running
Friday, August 11: Ungdomscykelvasan, 32 km, start Oxberg
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår, 96 km, start Sälen
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan 30, 32 km, start Oxberg
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan 45, 45 km, start Oxberg
Saturday, August 12: Cykelvasan 90, 96 km, start Sälen
Friday, August 18: Trailvasan 10, 10 km, start Mora
Saturday, August 19: Ultravasan 90, 92 km, start Sälen
Saturday, August 19: Vasastafetten, 92 km, running relay for ten-person teams, start Sälen
Saturday, August 19: Ultravasan 45, 45 km, start Oxberg
Saturday, August 19: Trailvasan 30, 30 km, start Oxberg

Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2024 and the 100th Vasaloppet – cross country skiing
Friday, February 23: Vasaloppet 30, start Oxberg, 30 km
Saturday, February 24: Tjejvasan, start Oxberg, 30 km
Sunday, February 25: Öppet Spår Sunday, start Sälen, 90 km
Sunday, February 25: Ungdomsvasan, start Eldris, 9 km, start Hökberg, 19 km
Monday, February 26: Öppet Spår Monday 90, freestyle, start Sälen, 90 km
Monday, February 26: Öppet Spår Monday 45, freestyle, start Evertsberg, 43 km
Monday, February 26: Öppet Spår Monday 30, freestyle, start Oxberg, 28 km
Tuesday, February 27: Vasaloppet 45, start Oxberg, 45 km
Friday, March 1: Stafettvasan, ski relay, five sections, start Sälen, 90 km
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 30, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg, 30 km
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 45, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg, 45 km
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 90, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Sälen, 90 km
Saturday, March 2: Vasaloppet 10, freestyle, start Eldris, 9 km
Sunday, March 3: The 100th Vasaloppet, start Sälen, 90 km (FULLY BOOKED)

Vasaloppstrippeln – ski, bike and run, all in one year
Vasaloppstrippeln is a challenge where you complete three races – skiing, cycling and running – during one and the same calendar year. Choose between 90, 45 or 30 kilometres.