Our third year running this event saw the most people sign up so far, we had 44 riders for the event, about 1/3rd choosing to ride the 60km loop and the rest choosing the tougher 120km. The sun was shining on us, with temperatures up to 26C, but averaging somewhere around 20. The day began with everyone check in and loaded up with bars and gels from Pure Power, provided by Cycle Service Nordic and some gifts from Trek Bikes Scandinavia.
The event began with a 3 km controlled start along the Banvallsleden until Svaliltbacken, a 1 km long 10% gravel grind. The groups split in to lead group of about 8 riders that stuck together for the first 40 km, and a second pelaton of 14 riders, behind that there were smaller groups of 3-4 riders working together throughout the event.
The larger groups were blown apart after hitting the two first climbs after the depot. The sun came out hard on the longest climb, the 120 m high Munkabol (Gravel) Climb., taking it up to 26C.
After the Munkabol climb the route hits its roughest roads and its toughest short climbs through the last final 30 kms. The race wound down on the beautiful new tarmac descent into Ryaberg and a final sprint into Ulf’s house and a cold and tasty SIA Glass ice cream.
A huge thanks to all our riders who came from all over Sweden and Denmark, our sponsors, Cycle Service Nordic, Trek Bikes Scandinavia and SIA Glass Ice Cream. We are already working to improve the event for 2023. Hope to see you there!