With almost 36,000 participants, the Vätternrundan is the world’s largest recreational cycling event. Every year, hardcore racers, casual riders, and cyclists of every stripe come together for a 315km ride around Sweden’s Lake Vättern.
This one-day event is the crown jewel of the bike festival that’s two weeks long and includes lots and lots of bike rides.
Athletes from all over the world make the trip to experience the Vätternrundan magic. But it’s reputation is both its blessing and curse: getting an entry for the main event is difficult.
We’re teaming up with the Swedish Zwift Riders (SZR), who will lead group rides every Sunday for 12 weeks between January 17th, 2021 and April 4th, 2021. Everyone who completes a ride will unlock the Vatternrundan in-game kit.
WANT TO BE PART OF THE FUN?
Every Sunday between 17th January and 4th April, the SZR will lead group rides to teach you everything about riding in large groups and how to get through the 315km ride. The group rides will get longer over the series to help you prepare for the 10 hours in the saddle on the day. This series is part of a training schedule developed specifically for the Vätternrundan by Mattias Reck ex pro cyclist and renowned cycling coach.
See you in Motala.
Participating Zwifters will be auto-assigned the stylish Vätternrundan Zwift Kit, adorned in Swedish national colors. Finish the ride, and the jersey will be permanently unlocked.
Sunday, Jan 17th | Duration: 1hr 30 | World: Watopia | Route: Figure 8
Sunday, Jan 24th | Duration: 1hr 30 | World: France | Route: Casse Pattes
Sunday, Jan 31st Duration: 2hr | World: Yorkshire | Route: Royal Pump Room 8
Sunday, Feb 7th Duration: 2hr | World: Watopia | Route: Big Foot Hills
Sunday, Feb 14th Duration: 2hr | World: Richmond | Route: 2015 UCI Worlds
Sunday, Feb 21st Duration: 2hr 30 | World: France | Route: Tire Bouchon
Sunday, Feb 28th Duration:2hr 30 | World: London | Route: Greater London 8
Sunday, Mar 7th Duration: 4hr | World: Watopia | Route: The Mega Pretzel
Sunday, Mar 14th Duration: 2hr 30 | World: Watopia | Route: Volcano Flat
Sunday, Mar 21st Duration: 2hr 30 | World: Yorkshire | Route: Tour of Tewitt Well
Sunday, Mar 28th Duration: 2hr 30 | World: Innsbruck | Route: Lutcher
Sunday, Apr 4th Duration: 2hr 30 | World: Watopia | Route: Four Horseman
IS THIS A RACE
These are group rides led by the Swedish Zwift Riders. Aimed at building a community around riding the Vätternrundan and rides of similar lengths, each ride will be progressively longer to really build your long-distance legs.
They aren’t races, but be sure to push yourself to make the most out of this series.