Along the Lofoten mountain range in midnight sun
The world’s most illuminating cycle race starts in Å - the most westerly outpost of Lofoten and Norway, and follows the world famous ‘tinderekka’ mountain range all the way to Lofoten’s easterly point, Lødingen.
The start of the race is a few metres from where cod fish is hung to dry and the route is protected and watched over by the national mountain ‘Stetind’, rising 1395 meters above the fjord.
Along the length of the race lies a fairytale land:
The sun sails between the sea eagles and the mountain peaks; amongst islands, bridges, and beaches with sand as white as snow. Italian surfers surf throughout the night whilst German tourists fish taking advantage of the midnight sun. The foxes are drunk on constant daylight and seagulls spend their siesta flying upside-down. Stomach tanning. Sometimes a whale or two pops their head up from the deep blue sea to greet us with a friendly smile.
You need to see it to believe it, so pay us a visit and you will enter a wondrous land where the sun never sleeps. (Unless it rains of course !!!!)
The race commences the night of 29th June 2013, with registration by 15th June.
Midnight sun – traffic free roads – relaxed atmosphere with cycle enthusiasts of all kinds.
Spend the night exercising your body and mind – support available throughout the event.
Be competitive and record your time or take a more relaxed leisurely approach, the choice is yours.
Option of three starting points: Å - Lodingen 235km, Kabelvag-Lødingen 110km or Raftsundet-Lødingen 50km.
Lofoten Insomnia is classified as a tour-rides on the bike. This means that the trail is open for normal traffic. Each participant is responsible for following traffic rules and to act as a private bike ride. Upon registration, the Norwegian participants either present a valid permanent license from the Norwegian Bike Federation (NCF) or pay off the license of NOK 200, - (This is according NCFs regulations. Meeting Club retains NOK 25, - these and the remaining 175, - sent NCF) Non- Norwegian participants are responsible for having a valid travel insurance covering their participation in amateur races. Bicycle helmets should be used. Tempo Controls, bars or the like are not allowed. Bar-ends are allowed in the otherwise straight headtube. (Terrain variant). Because of the tunnels, all have functioning front and rear lamps.
Disposal of bottles, paper e.a. along the trail is prohibited and punishable. Rubbish bins are for food / drink stations. It is a great land - not destroy it! Promoter judge in all matters relating to race. Safety and fair play be given priority.
Classes and starting times
It take time for all participants.
Raftsundet-Lødingen 50 km. Start Saturday 29th June at Raftsundet / Hanøy - ferry. 9:00: up to 100 riders.
Kabelvåg-Lødingen 110km. Start Saturday 29th June from Lofoten Cathedral.
7:00: up to 100 riders.
A - Lødingen 235 km. Start Friday, 29th June at the end of the road on the E10
12:00 p.m 29.06.2013.: Trim group 9-12 hours. Average speed between 19 and 26 km / h including breaks / incidents.
2:00 am 29.06.2012: Competition - 6,5 - 9 hours. Average speed about 25 km / h including breaks / incidents.
- All participants who complete (short or long version) receives the annual redesigned diploma with
Scene from the track.
- Additional prizes paid to the three fastest runners single men and women from Oh and Kabelvåg.
- Best club: All riders are included in this competition. The club with the most
completed riders win.
Registration closes on 15 June 20:00.
Transportation from Lødingen to start.
Own Insomnia Bus runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday, 28 July from Lødingen.
Arrival in the starting area to approx. 22:00.
At trial the offices you will be given starter with electronic timer chip, start number, laminated height profile / driving maps etc.
In Kabelvåg secretariat is open from 05.30 at the start Lofoten Cathedral. The start is 07.00.
Race Office for A - Lødingen located in A (map below) and is open Friday, 28 June. 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Our recommendations for those who are out on long bike ride for the first time. We concentrate here to share tips and experiences that do not come under the clean claim to the "Rules."
Make sure your bike is in good condition and consider a check with the specialist if it is a long time ago. Replace any worn cables, brake pads, tighten the screw for the seatpost and other screws you depend on the way. Worn gears that are already doing that the chain slips now and will wear much during such a long trip. Replace them first!
Worn tires have of course changed, but do not do it the night before the start. You should have a training to make sure that does not itself have changed the hose pinched or left behind metal edges, tile, etc. gnawing holes in the hose. That happens more often than you think.
Pump the tires to the maximum pressure stated on them.
The most important special equipment is a good bike pants with padding, shoes and Scottish characteristics that can withstand possibly rain or spray from wet roads.
The rest of you may have already left: A close-fitting windproof jacket, tight wind-resistant pants, long gloves, cycling glasses (blank glass in these recommended). Training trips will tell you if these work fine.
Skigloves works like okay if it is dry, otherwise you will find neoprene sailing gloves-and-shoots ranging from the local retailer and at the hardware store.
A light, thin cloth can be moved around during the night: around your neck if you are afflicted with the respiratory tract, under the helmet if it is cold or tucked away in a pocket.
We remind you that the lights on the bike is required. This will be checked at the start. The reason for this is that there are several tunnels that will be cycled through. Here are two underwater tunnels (Nappstraumen, Sløverfjord) that riders should be particularly attentive in. There is often great speed down these tunnels, and then correspondingly less speed up ... For maximum visibility in the tunnels is recommended cycling glasses with shiny glass in.
COURSE MAP FROM A TO-LØDINGEN
Online registration 2013