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VELOTHON Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden TBD 2018

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FAQs

  1. What is VELOTHON Stockholm?

  2. What is a VELOTHON?

  3. What type of bicycle will I need and are tandems allowed?

  4. Is the route available? When will the route be announced?

  5. What is the exact route distance?

  6. I want to start with my friends/club mates/family. How can I arrange this?

  7. Are there any cut off times for this event?

  8. What is the minimum age for VELOTHON Stockholm participants?

  9. Can I change my estimated average speed?

  10. I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?

  11. Can I defer my entry to next year or transfer my event distance?

  12. I entered the wrong event, can I change which distance I am registered for?

  13. How can I volunteer?

  14. Where is the best place to spectate?

  15. Will you mail out race numbers and race information? When will I receive these?

  16. Will the event take place on closed roads?

  17. When will I know my start time?

  18. How do I get to the start line?

  19. Will there be any feed stations and mechanical help/medical assistance around the course?

  20. Can I wear fancy dress or decorate my bicycle?

  21. Can I cycle on the closed roads even if I am not participating?

  22. Who do I contact if I can’t find an answer to my road closure enquiry?

  23. Where can I park my car? Can you suggest any accommodation close by?

  24. Will public transport be affected?

  25. What parking will be available to people living and working on affected roads?

  26. Further questions:

 

  1. What is VELOTHON Stockholm?

    Combining a closed road sportive alongside a sanctioned elite race, the 2017 VELOTHON Stockholm promises to deliver a truly spectacular cycling event. VELOTHON Stockholm is a 160km challenging route.

    We will also be offering a 60k route, following a similar course to the 160k. This race is for beginner and intermediate cyclists who find cycling a fun way to stay fit, and make it a vital part of their regimen.

    Embark on the completely closed road cycling sportive that takes in some of Stockholm's most breathtaking scenery and starts and ends in the city center of Stockholm. Offering a challenging route, VELOTHON Stockholm is a superb opportunity to test your endurance.

    Date: Sunday 10th September 2017
    Location: Ringvägen, Stockholm, Sweden
    Time: 07:33 and 08:10
    Distance 160k - 60k
    Initial entries @ 945 SEK - 845 SEK ( +8% Active fee)

    Course Map


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  2. What is a VELOTHON?

    A VELOTHON is a sportive that provides you with the ultimate opportunity to reward yourself for all the blood, sweat and tears in training. Choose from a variety of distances that will make for a fitting challenge - no matter your skill level. Ride some of the most stunning courses in the world and get ready for the full pro treatment: Highest standards, completely closed roads, professional timing and thousands of spectators.

    The VELOTHON series consists of multiple races across the globe and is expected to draw 50,000 plus participants in total in 2017.


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  3. What type of bicycle will I need and are tandems allowed?

    The following bike(s) are forbidden at VELOTHON Stockholm – bikes with disc wheels, handlebar extensions, recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, fixed gear bikes / single speeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a free hub), any attachment parts that endanger other riders (e.g. kick stands that stick out), bike trailers, child seats, bottle cages under or behind the saddle, drinking bottles that are made of non-breakable or hard materials like aluminium or hard plastic. Riders wishing to take part on a tandem together will need to enter each competitor individually and pay the applicable fee.

    Skivbromsar är för närvarande tillåtet att använda under evenemanget men vi är följer UCI regler och detta kan därför komma att förändras om de gör någon förändring.


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  4. Is the route available? When will the route be announced?

    VELOTHON 160

    The 160k route will be similar to the 2016 format but with new roads leaving Stockholm. Cyclists will leave Stockholm through Ringvägen, Skanstull and pass Hammarby Sjöstad. Heading south into Nacka, Tyresö, Haninge, down to Nynäshamn where you turn around and head north again, through Haninge, Huddinge and back into Stockholm. There are sections of the course which are normally not allowed for cyclists.


    VELOTHON 60

    We will also be offering a VELOTHON 60k route, following a similar course to the 160k out of the city, but then turning back just north of Haninge Centrum. This race is for beginner and intermediate cyclists who find cycling a fun way to stay fit, and make it a vital part of their regimen. There are sections of the course which are normally not allowed for cyclists.

    Route maps can be found here.

    NOTE! All courses are subject to change.

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  5. What is the exact route distance?

    VELOTHON 160 is 151k from KM 0, which you will pass after a 2,4k neutral section. Total elevation: 1680 meters.

    VELOTHON 60 is 47k from KM 0, which you will pass after a 2,4k neutral section. Total elevation: 516 meter.

    For elite and competition groups, timing starts when the lead vehicle passes KM 0. For the other (“Fast Groups”, "Motion" and "Girls Group") start groups, timing starts when you pass KM 0.

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  6. I want to start with my friends/club mates/family. How can I arrange this?

    When you enter you will have the opportunity to enter a team name on the first page of the registration process and create a password; subsequent team registrants will be able to locate the team and add themselves using the password.

    We also have a “Fast group” start wave that we recommend for those of you who are ten or more and want to ride together.
    If you want to join a team after you have registered, you will need to follow the steps below:

    1. Go to https://myevents.active.com and log in
    2. Find your registration to 2017 VELOTHON Stockholm
    3. Click on either Create a Team or Join a Team

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  7. Are there any cut off times for this event?

    In order to ensure the roads are cleared in time, a number of ‘sweep vehicles’ will travel the entire route at 24km per hour (VELOTHON 160) or 19km per hour (VELOTHON 60). If you are caught by this convoy of vehicles, you will be required to withdraw. You can either continue on open roads, or choose to have the vehicles take you and your bike back to the start / finish area in Stockholm.

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  8. What is the minimum age for VELOTHON Stockholm participants?

    The minimum age to participate is 16 years old by 31st December 2017.

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  9. Can I change my estimated average speed?

    Yes you can. If you have incorrectly inputted your estimated completion time or you would like to change the time you indicated when you registered, visit your account on Active (you would have set this up upon registration) via https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf. You have until the start times are allocated to make this correction.

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  10. I need to withdraw due to injury, work, family commitments etc. Can I have a refund?

    Refund Policy:
    As outlined in the terms and conditions displayed on our website and signed when entering the race, a participant may withdraw free-of-charge up to two weeks after payment of the event fee. Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by emailing stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone. After the expiry of the two-week post payment period, the entry fee will not be refunded. The 8% processing fee which is added onto the entry fee (and any extra items you purchase at point of entry) is non-refundable.

    Transfer Policy:
    Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up to one month before the event (August 10, 2017). Any transfer to another participant will be subject to a transfer fee of 150 SEK + 8% Active fee. Transfers are conducted through the online entry system by the withdrawing participant and the new participant. The new participant will pay the relevant fees through the entry system and once complete, the withdrawing participant will automatically receive their refund from the entry system minus the transfer fee. No transfers will be possible for participants withdrawing less than one month before the event (August 10, 2017 or later).

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  11. Can I defer my entry to next year or transfer my event distance?

    Entries cannot be deferred to the following year nor to any other event. For more details on our policies please see here.

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  12. I entered the wrong event, can I change which distance I am registered for?

    Transfers between race distances can be made online up until one month before the event (August 10, 2017) or until the event the athlete wishes to transfer into has sold out. Any transfer between distances will be subject to a transfer fee of SEK 100 (+ 8% Active fee).

    If you decide to upgrade your event to a longer distance and space is available, you will need to pay the difference in entry fees. If you decide to downgrade your event to a shorter distance and space is available, unfortunately we are not able to refund the difference in entry fees.

    If you would like to transfer between race distances please log in to your MyEvents Portal and select Change Event Category

    Please be aware that you cannot transfer to a sold out event.

    For more details on how to do this, please see here.

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  13. How can I volunteer?

    Every sporting event relies on the amazing contribution from volunteers to give their time to assist the event with managing athletes as they arrive, register, race and then leave. To become part of the VELOTHON Stockholm team please register here.

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  14. Where is the best place to spectate?

    While some areas are closed to spectators for safety reasons, there will be many spots to spectate. More information and a spectator guide will be published closer to the event.

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  15. Will you mail out race numbers and race information? When will I receive these?

    No race packs will be mailed out. Registration and race pack collection will be available on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September only. There will be no registration nor race pack collection on event day. The race packs must be collected in person. For race pack collection each participant will receive his/her race pack upon the presentation of photo identification (e.g. passport or driving licence) and email confirmation. If a participant cannot appear personally, he/she has to make sure that the race pack is collected by a person who has been authorized in writing by said participant. You can print out the confirmation email and sign that white the name of the person how will come and get it for you, they also need a copy of you ID card and a ID card on them self. 

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  16. Will the event take place on closed roads?

    In order to ensure the safety of all of our competitors, roads will be professionally closed for the duration of the event. We are working closely with local authorities to finalize details, including precise timings and diversions, which will be available to view on our website closer to the event. We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. Affected businesses and residents will be contacted direct, provided with a preview of the route and invited to get in contact if they have any arrangements that will be affected by road closures.

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  17. When will I know my start time?

    If you have registered for VELOTHON 160 you need to be in your start shoot the latest at 07.30. First start group will roll out at 07.33, the next at 07.35, next at 07.37, etc.

    If you have registered for VELOTHON 60 you need to be in your start shoot the latest at 08.05. First start group will roll out at 07.33, the next at 07.35, next at 07.37, etc.

    You can see the weekend schedule and your start groups preliminary starting time HERE.

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  18. How do I get to the start line?

    The Start and Finish of the event, as well as the race village and expo will be based on Ringvägen in front of Zinkensdamms IP in central Stockholm.

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  19. Will there be any feed stations and mechanical help/medical assistance around the course?

    Feed stations are designated points on the race route where competitors can stop to use toilet facilities and to re-fuel, with various food and drink options available. Organizers are putting together the final details of where the feed stations will be located and what the offer will be at each location. These provisional locations are displayed on the route map. Mechanical and medical support will also be available at the race village and on the route. The precise detail of this will be announced as soon as it is ready.

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  20. Can I wear fancy dress or decorate my bicycle?

    Nothing you wear can obscure your vision or hearing and you must wear a helmet at all times. Anything that could pose a risk to other participants, detach at speed or get caught in the moving parts of your bicycle will not be permitted.

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  21. Can I cycle on the closed roads even if I am not participating?

    The route will be closed to traffic, including cycles that are not participating in the event. Dedicated crossing points and diversions will be in place. Please consult road closure information or seek permission from a traffic marshal before crossing any part of the route.

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  22. Who do I contact if I can’t find an answer to my road closure enquiry?

    If you have a specific enquiry related to road closures that is not answered when information is distributed you can call 073-801 09 70 or email and the team will be happy to help.

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  23. Where can I park my car? Can you suggest any accommodation close by?

    Please follow this link to explore the various parking options in Stockholm, where the race will start and finish: Click here

    If you are driving, please leave plenty of time to get to the event and please visit the road closure section of the website to fully understand which routes into the city will be closed. We discourage competitors from driving to the event on the day due to the number of challenges you may face in getting into the city due to the road closures that will be in place to facilitate the event. There is a wide range of accommodation options in Stockholm for all budgets. 

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  24. Will public transport be affected?

    Public transport will operate as normal where possible with diversions put in place. Inevitably, some services will be reduced or suspended if they cannot get around road closures. Further information will be communicated by transport providers closer to the event.

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  25. What parking will be available to people living and working on affected roads?

    While the route will be designed to keep restrictions to a minimum, some people will need to make alternatives parking plans during the event. Any cars parked on the route after parking instructions are implemented will be removed.

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  26. Further questions:

    Should you have any questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQ’s please contact us at and our team will be happy to assist. Further information will be detailed in the athlete guide closer to the event.

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