Cycle Sweden’s Vätternrundan 2020: Registration Open Today!

If you think you have to wait until October to register for the Vätternrundan 2020, think again! Entries for Sweden’s most iconic cycle tour open today, and if you want to secure your spot on this 300km extravaganza around Lake Vättern, now is the perfect time to head on over to the official vatternrundan.se website, set up an account, and register your interest for next year.

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Image courtesy: http://www.vatternrundan.se

Listed as “The World’s Largest Recreational Bike Ride” the Vatternrundan is a one-day, 300km event that attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the world. Starting and finishing the city of Motala, whose population triples in size over race week, it is a long but rewarding ride along the shores of one of Sweden’s most beautiful lakes. You’ll have the opportunity to see both sunset and sunrise as you ride through the night on this spectacular cycling sportive, but you shouldn’t hang around for too long, there are cut-off points to meet, and you need to be on time if you are to cover the whole 300km!

The Vätternrundan Cycle Tour has come a long way since the inaugural ride in 1966, when just over 300 participants turned up. Today, more than 23,000 cyclists from 50 different nations line up for the event, and as such, the demand for entries is high. In 2016, entries sold out in just over a minute, and while things seemed to have calmed down slightly, the event sells out fast year after year.

If you love the idea of cycling in Sweden next year but feel a 300km ride is out of your comfort zone, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several other options available. There’s the Halvvätten 150km ride for men and women, the Tjejvätten 100km ride for women only, the Vätternrundan 100km that allows participants to use e-bikes, the MTB Vättern for hardcore Mountain Bikers, and finally, the Mini Vättern for all the mini riders out there – just for kids.

Overall, Sweden’s Vatternrundan Cycle Tour attracts 37,000 participants, and you have the opportunity to be one of them in 2020! As a WACE (World Association of Cycling Events) sportive, the Vätternrundan lines up as one of the five most prestigious mass-participation cycling events in the world alongside the Prudential RideLondon, the Gran Fondo Campagnolo, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour New York, and the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa, which remains the world’s largest timed cycle event.

What WACE event will you be participating in in 2020? Drop us a line and let us know!

Karoo To Coast: A 100km Mountain Bike Challenge in South Africa

If your idea of the perfect MTB cycling holiday includes beautiful scenery, demanding trails, and getting down and dirty on a ride through the wilderness, the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge could be the perfect tour for your 2019 cycling calendar.

Karoo to Coast Ride
Riders during the 2017 BUCO Karoo 2 Coast MTB race from Uniondale to Knysna – 24 September 2017 | photo by Ewald Sadie

A one-day off road race for MTB enthusiasts, the Karoo to Coast Challenge will take you to the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, where you will ride from Uniondale to Knysna via the iconic Prince Alfred’s Pass. You’ll cover some 95.95km as you make your way from the quaint country village to the magnificent coastline, ascending 1560m and descending 1815m along the way.

Karoo to Coast MTB holiday South Africa

The Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge is a spectacular ride for off-road cyclists, but it does have its challenges. The event organisers advise that you “train sufficiently” in order to enjoy the experience, and you must meet the cut-off times if you want to avoid being pulled off the trail. As an official premier seeding event for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour, it is the perfect training ride for those who want to achieve a personal best next March, but spaces are strictly limited, and so you need to act fast if you want to secure your place.

Buco Lions Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge 2019: What You Need to Know

When: Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Where: Uniondale, Western Cape, South Africa

Cost: R630 – This includes dinner in Uniondale on Saturday, 21st September 2019

Spaces: Strictly limited to 4,500 entries, accepted on a first come, first served basis

Organiser: The Lions Clubs of Knysna and Uniondale

Proceeds: All proceeds go to Sightfirst and the South African Guide Dog Association  

September is a wonderful time of the year to visit South Africa, and with less tourists in town to push up the prices, you can enjoy discounted hotel rates, crowd-free sights, and the beautiful Garden Route in all its glory.

Entries are already open for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge 2019, but they won’t last for long! So, why not book yours now, and support the Lions and their chosen organisations while doing something that you love.