2020-08-14 18:02

Preparing for Hemmavasan 2020 – county by county, race by race

Interest in training at home and cycling has reached record heights during the pandemic. With just one day until the first start, registrations are coming in for Vasaloppet's Hemmavasan 2020. There are right now (August 14)  over 14,000 people registered, in 20 different countries, to bike or run Hemmavasan on their home turf and in the virtual Vasaloppet Arena between August 15 and 22. There are eight races to choose from – all of which can be completed in the terrain and on the surface of your choice. Here we'll present some participation statistics from different counties plus celebrity participants and other other useful information for participants and those following along.

The first historic Hemmavasan replaces Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2020, which would have run on location in the Vasaloppet Arena for the twelfth year in a row. The individual distances that would have been part of the Summer Week are available in Hemmavasan, plus the shorter 10 km Hemmavasan Cykel 10 for those who want to bike and Hemmavasan Trail 10 for those who want to walk, jog or run.

It’s possible to register for one or more Hemmavasan races at a cost of 275 SEK per race. Registration is possible up until Saturday, August 22 at 15:00.

Races can be completed at any time between Saturday, August 15 at 00:00 (Swedish time, meaning CET = Central European Time) up until Saturday, August 22 at midnight. In other words: Hemmavasan is open for 192 hours – but of course the race itself should be completed in one sequence without any longer interruptions.

The Hemmavasan Day
Saturday, August 15 is the big Hemmavasan day. Vasaloppet will be with you all day at Vasaloppet.TV. Hemmavasan Live starts its broadcast at 08:45 CET from a studio at the Vasaloppet finish in Mora, hosted by Johanna Ojala and Clara Henry. In the broadcast you can follow participants around the country and world, get live reports and preparation tips from our Kranskulla and Kransmas and other guests and experts. Several elite participants and celebrities will also broadcast their races live, among them Jenny and Susanna Kallur who are aiming for Vasaloppstrippeln 45 by participating in both Hemmavasan Cykel 45 and Hemmavasan Ultra 45. Read more on Hemmavasan Live below.

The App
The Hemmavasan concept is based on participants downloading the free app ”Hemmavasan” in the App Store or Google Play and completing their race no matter where in the world they may be; on their favourite forest paths, the streets in town, along small beachside roads or on the local exercise trail. Via the app participants will get from the start in Sälen or Oxberg, through the classic checkpoints and down to the finish line portal in Mora in the virtual Vasaloppet Arena. Supporters and those interested can also follow participants directly via the app and see where they’re at and how far they’ve come in their race. The app will download in Swedish or English, depending on the language settings of the phone. (Those who cannot use the app will be able to register their race manually after the fact.)
More on the app >

Those who registered early have received their unique and colourful Hemmavasan T-shirt from Craft; a T-shirt that you can complete your race in.

Registered for Hemmavasan, county by county (Registration statistics are from 2020-08-05.)
Västra Götaland – 1,855 registered participants
Stockholm – 1,814
Dalarna – 1,146
Skåne – 786
Uppsala – 595
Värmland – 504
Örebro – 474
Jönköping – 466
Gävleborg – 448
Södermanland – 445
Västmanland – 437
Östergötland – 428
Halland – 364
Västerbotten – 228
Kalmar – 212
Västernorrland – 207
Kronoberg – 199
Norrbotten – 163
Blekinge – 133
Jämtland – 125
Gotland – 67

Hemmavasan in 20 nations
Out of those registered we also see 382 participants with home addresses outside Sweden. Hemmavasan will therefore run in 20 additional countries. The countries with most participants after Sweden are Norway (199), Finland (46), Denmark (40), Germany (37), the Netherlands (15), Great Britain (13), USA (10).

Gender and age in the Hemmavasan races
Hemmavasan Cykel 90: 5,814 (84.6 % men, 15.4 % women)
Hemmavasan Cykel 45: 1,840 (68.2 % men, 31.8 % women)
Hemmavasan Cykel 30: 1,315 (53.8 % men, 46.2 % women)
Hemmavasan Cykel 10: 262 (60.7 % men, 39.3 % women)

Hemmavasan Ultra 90: 427 (69.6 % men, 30.4 % women)
Hemmavasan Ultra 45: 536 (59.0 % men, 41.0 % women)
Hemmavasan Trail 30: 711 (42.5 % men, 57.5 % women)
Hemmavasan Trail 10: 565 (42.2 % men, 58.8 % women)

In total 71.4 % of Hemmavasan participants are men and 28.6 % women. Participants range from age 7 to 84. The average age is 45.4 years.

You can participate from the year you turn…
… 12 – Hemmavasan Cykel 90 and Hemmavasan Cykel 45.
… 8 – Hemmavasan Cykel 30 and Hemmavasan Cykel 10.
… 19 – Hemmavasan Ultra 90.
… 17 – Hemmavasan Ultra 45 and Hemmavasan Trail 30.
… 11 – Hemmavasan Trail 10.

We’re giving some extra consideration to those completing two races in Hemmavasan 2020. Completing a race of 90, 45 or 30 km is an achievement. How about three races in one calendar year? Ski, bike and run! This year the terms of Vasaloppstrippeln are somewhat adjusted since the Vasaloppet Summer Week isn’t held on location in the Vasaloppet Arena.

This past winter there were 21,648 participants who skied 90 km (in Vasaloppet, Öppet Spår Sunday, Öppet Spår Monday or Nattvasan 90), 3,716 who skied 45 km (in Vasaloppet 45 or Nattvasan 45) and 9,601 who skied 30 km (in Vasaloppet 30 or Tjejvasan).

All these 34,965 people who completed a skiing race this year now have a unique opportunity to complete Vasaloppstrippeln with cycling and running in Hemmavasan 2020. (But you can also choose to count your 2020 ski race as part of Vasaloppstrippeln 2021.)

Right now there are 185 participants registered to complete Vasaloppstrippeln 90 this year, 161 aiming for Vasaloppstrippeln 45 and 219 for Vasaloppstrippeln 30.

Hemmavasan Live on Saturday, August 15 at 08.45–18.00 – live broadcast at Vasaloppet.TV.
Sporting Sweden’s most jam-packed TV broadcast, summer 2020 – a whole nine hours live from the studio at the Vasaloppet finish line in Mora with guests and live features from Hemmavasan throughout Sweden and internationally. Hosts for the day are Johanna Ojala and Clara Henry.

Jenny and Susanna Kallur are reporting from Falun, Hans Olsson from Åre and Anders Ekh from Gothenburg. Participants will be called to tell how their race on home turf is going. There will be historical deep dives, anecdotes, training tips and weather forecasts. Throughout the day we’ll also see features about the classic Vasaloppet checkpoints between Sälen and Mora. Everything can be viewed after the fact at vasaloppet.tv.

Guests in the studio include cycling expert Roberto Vacchi, ultrarunning enthusiast Johnny Hällneby, Vasaloppet’s acting CEO Johan Eriksson Kranskulla Fanny Axelsson and Kransmas Daniel Duhlbo. Also appearing in the broadcast are Olympic skating gold medallist Tomas Gustafson, Cykelvasan victor 2019 Emil Lindgren, Vasaloppet meteorologist Pia Hultgren, record holder in Ultravasan 90 Jonas Buud, and many others!

Watch Hemmavasan Live for free at www.vasaloppet.tv

Kranskulla and Kransmas
Fanny Axelsson and Daniel Duhlbo.

Celebrity participants
Hemmavasan Ultra 90:
Jonas Buud, two-time winner and record holder in Ultravasan 90
Birger Fält, winner of the 48,000 SEK question on the topic of Vasaloppet in 1986
Johanna Nilsson, second in Ultravasan 45 2016

Hemmavasan Cykel 90:
Jonas Buud, two-time winner and record holder in Ultravasan 90
Ulrica Persson, Vasaloppet victor 2001 and 2003
Matthias Wengelin, Cykelvasan 90 victor 2009
Magnus Darvell, Cykelvasan 90 victor 2010
Fredrik Ericsson, Cykelvasan 90 victor 2013
Emil Lindgren, Cykelvasan 90 victor 2019
Mattias Ekström, DTM winner and rallycross world champion (biking in Bavaria, Germany)
Tomas Gustafson, world and Olympic skating champion
Susanne Ljungskog, cycling world champion
Peter Helander, member of parliament

Hemmavasan Cykel 45
Henrik Sedin, former hockey pro

Vasaloppstrippeln 90
Staffan Larsson, Vasaloppet victor 1999

Vasaloppstrippeln 45
Jenny Kallur, hurdling star and sporting influencer
Susanna Kallur, hurdling star and sporting influencer

Come along and see how it goes for those participating in Hemmavasan: All participant results are shown live at Vasaloppet’s standard results page at vasaloppet.se during the course of the race. Races can also be followed for free through the Hemmavasan app. After the race you’ll be able to view complete results with section times.

Bike safe in Hemmavasan too
Don’t miss Vasaloppet’s Bike Safe videos and other good mountain bike guides that can prepare you for your race, published in the Vasaloppet School.
Vasaloppskolan (only in Swedish) >

Drink correctly
Don’t forget to hydrate and re-energize, whether you’re participating yourself or cheering others on: Ekström’s blueberry soup and Enervit sports drink and gel.

More tips for your Hemmavasan race
Cycling >
Running >

Tag #hemmavasan
Tag your social media posts with #hemmavasan and follow Vasaloppet on Facebook and Instagram:

Top ten in Cykelvasan and Ultravasan throughout the years
Hemmavasan isn’t a competition, but keeping an eye on the elite can still be fun, right? Here are the top ten participants in Cykelvasan 90 2009–2019 as well as Ultravasan 90 and Ultravasan 45 2014–2019.
Link to pdf-files >

Vasaloppet 2021 – 500 years after  Gustav Vasa
For those who want to participate in Vasaloppet next year – 500 years after Gustav Vasa’s adventure in Dalarna – registration is already open at vasaloppet.se to all Vasaloppet Winter Week and Summer Week races 2021. Vasaloppet 2021 will run on Sunday, March 7, 2021 and it is not yet fully booked. Welcome!

Vasaloppet’s upcoming events (Registration Open)

Hemmavasan August 15–22, 2020
Hemmavasan Cykel 90 (bike 94 km)
Hemmavasan Cykel 45 (bike 45 km)
Hemmavasan Cykel 30 (bike 32 km)
Hemmavasan Cykel 10 (bike 10 km)
Hemmavasan Ultra 90 (walk, jog, run 90 km)
Hemmavasan Ultra 45 (walk, jog, run 45 km)
Hemmavasan Trail 30 (walk, jog, run 30 km)
Hemmavasan Trail 10 (walk, jog, run 10 km)

Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2021 
Fri 26 Feb: Vasaloppet 30. 30 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 27 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 28 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 9/19 km Start Eldris/Hökberg
Sun 28 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen
Mon 1 Mar: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen
Tue 2 Mar: Vasaloppet 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Fri 5 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen
Fri 5 Mar: Nattvasan 90. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen
Fri 5 Mar: Nattvasan 45. 45 km. Two-person teams. Start Oxberg
Sat 6 Mar: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris
Sun 7 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen

Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2021
Fri 13 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen
Fri 13 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen. Start Sälen
Sat 14 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen
Sun 15 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 15 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 15 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 21 Aug: Trailvasan 30. 30 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 21 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 21 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen
Sat 21 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4.5–15 km. 90 km running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen
Sat 21 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 19.1–24.2 km. 90 km running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen


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