We use seeding to get good rhythm and security in the race, so that everyone can compete with fellow participants who match their abilities. When participants start in a group where they fit in, the tempo is smoother and there is less overtaking, which reduces the risk of accidents. Seeding is only used in some races and it works differently in each case. Read more on the page for the race you are participating in.
We only use seeding in the following races:
- Vasaloppet (groups 0-9)
- Tjejvasan’s competition class (groups 0-2)
- Tjejvasan’s leisure class (groups 3-4)
- Nattvasan start groups are based on the finishing time estimated when you make your registration.
- Öppetspår, start groups are based on the finishing time estimated when you make your registration.
- Other races are leisure races where your start group is assigned after registration.
Halvvasan is an exception where those registered for Vasaloppet the same year may start in the Vasaloppet group (group 0).
Seeding in Vasaloppet
In Vasaloppet you can seed yourself into groups 0-9. The seeding is based on your earlier performance in our races or on results from another seeding based race. If you have no previous results you will start in group 10. Below you can read more on how it works and which criteria and races apply.
How it works
Participants who have results from Vasaloppet, Öppet Spår, Halvvasan or Tjejvasan are automatically seeded into the correct start group. For other races you must send in your results. Results are valid for three years. If you get your results to us three weeks before the race, we can guarantee that you will be seeded. After that we cannot guarantee that we will have time. You should therefore check if you have been seeded before arriving for the race. If you have not, you can bring the results list from the race you want to seed from and do it on site.
Using results from previous years results in being moved back one group per year. For example: If you get a result one year that puts you in Vasaloppet’s start group 7 that same year, you can still use that result for seeding the year after. But it will then put you in start group 8, since the result is one year old. Using a two year old result will put you back two groups.
Automatic seeding from seeding based races
For Vasaloppet we can now offer automatic seeding from seeding based races. That means that you don’t need to send in your results to us manually after completing a seeding based race.
This is how it works:
1. Give your Vasa ID when registering for a seeding based race. Your Vasa ID can be found under personal details on My pages, My Account, My profile. If you do not have a Vasa ID, contact the Vasaloppet administration and one will be arranged. (Tip! Write down your Vasa ID for easy access in the future.)
2. The organizers of the seeding based race will send us a results list containing your Vasa ID, full name and finish time. When Vasaloppet has received the results they will be added automatically and you will be moved to a new start group, if the results warrant it.
If the organizers do not use automatic seeding you will be able to mail us your seeding. Use the form below or send your results to firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeding based races
Seeding based races are Vasaloppet, Öppet Spår, Halvvasan, Tjejvasan and external races that meet the criteria below. You’ll find a full list of races in Sweden at www.skidor.com. Criteria for seeding based races for Vasaloppet:
- The race should be sanctioned by the Swedish Ski Association.
- The race should be at least 40 kilometres long.
- The race must have at least 100 participants at the start in order for a chart to be made.
- Only races using classic technique.
- The race should have mass start.
Criteria for seeding based races in other countries
- For Worldloppet’s races only the main races apply, no Öppet Spår or half-race equivalents.
- You’ll find the Norwegian and Finnish races that are seeding based in our seeding charts and in the list of recommended seeding races below.
- We have no charts for other foreign races, so judgement on those will only be made on site at the seeding in the days before Vasaloppet.
During the ski season Vasaloppet’s seeding group meets every Monday night to go through the weekend’s results. An updated chart, showing which start groups the results warrant in Vasaloppet, will be published at the latest on Wednesday after each race.