For riders

Preregistration

Preregistration opens November 1, 2021, 00:00 (CET). The number of entries is limited to 100. Preregistration fee is 250 SEK, and is counted as a partial payment of the ordinary registration fee. Preregistration guarantees an entry if you upgrade it to ordinary registration before March 1, 2022.

A number of entries are reserved for volunteers from previous year. If you would like to use one of thoose, please contact us before December 1.

Registration

Ordinary registration opens January 10, 2022, 00:00 (CET) and closes June 1, 2022. Maximum number of participants is 100. Preregistered riders have priority until March 1. If you want to secure an entry, we recommend preregistering.

Participation fee is 2500 SEK if registered before April 1, 2022. Lodgement, some food, cue sheet and other services are included as described under "Service for participants". Registration after April 1 costs 3500 SEK.

Qualification

You must qualify by July 20 in order to participate. Qualification consists of a randonné or equivalent of at least 300 km ridden after October 1, 2021. We may in some cases provide an exception if you have previously finished a brevet of 1200 km or longer, and are physically fit for a 1500 km ride.

Covid-19 vaccination

Participants are required to have covid-19 vaccination with at least two doses, or a documented equivalent protection. Participants are responsible for any passports, visas and certificates required to enter Sweden and Norway.

EU and United Kingdom citizen can normally enter Norway without hassle with a vaccination pass. Read more on Helse Norge.

Cancellation

If you cancel before April 1, 2022, the registration fee will be refunded, minus 500 SEK. Preregistration fees are not refunded.

The organizer reserves the right to cancel the ride in case of unforseen events or if too few riders register. If the ride is cancelled for reasons other than Force Majeaure, fees are fully refunded regardless of time.

Preregistration for UTU 2022 is full. 3 persons waiting.
Registration for waiting list

Rules

See the rules page.

Service for riders

Controls

Uppsala – Trondheim – Uppsala has in 2022 both manned and unmanned controls. Our manned controls are spaced suitable for a pace of around 300 km each day: Älvdalen (there and back), Røros, Tydal and at the finish i Uppsala.

For riders prefering a faster pace we also have a control i Särna (there and back), and possibly also (new for 2022) in Leksand on the way back. The latter is especially suitable if you like to finish in four days.

Night lodging

We offer night accommodations in large halls with air mattress and blanket on a first come first serve basis at all manned controls. This is included in the registration fee. If you prefer higher standard accomodation, there are also hostels and mountain lodges at several locations.

Breakfast and snacks

At the manned controls we offer coffee, tea, snacks and other basic food at all times the control is manned. There will be vegetarian and vegan options. This is incluced in the registration fee as well.

Dropbag

At the start, you may leave one or two dropbags. We provide a bag. You can send each bag to either a specific control, or to all manned controls, suitable for a 5 days schedule.

It's also possible - in addition to the drop bag service - to leave luggage (including bike cases) at the start, to be picked up at the finish.

Map, cue sheet and tracking

Riders will receive a cue sheet, map and number tag for their bike at the start. A GPX-file will be provided on this site. Online tracking of the riders will be available. The route is however generally not sign posted.

This page will provide rider tracking. That functionality will have a number of new features for 2022.

Start in Uppsala

The ride starts at 07:00. During spring more information will be provided on brevet card pickup, bike inspection, etc.

Getting to Uppsala

See the travel information page.

Accomodation in Uppsala

You can find places to stay in Uppsala before the start at Destination Uppsala.

During the ride

Route

There are hills up gradients of up to 10% along the way, though most hills are less steep. Total elevation gain is around 16000m. The road surface is asphalt in the vast majority of cases, mostly on small roads with little traffic. There are a few stretches on good quality bike paths. Approximately 5 km is on good gravel, but there is an alternative route for those who would rather avoid it. See the page with the route.

Proof of passage

When you come to areas without a manned control, you can validate your passage at a café or other places suggested on the cue sheet. See the page rules for how you can validate your passage.

Time limits

The time limit for Uppsala – Trondheim – Uppsala is 125 hours. This means you will have to be back in Uppsala by 12:00 on Thursday at the latest. The earliest you are allowed to return to Uppsala is on Monday at 02:00. See the controls page for when the controls along the route open and close.

If you drop out

As usual, you are responsible for your own transport home if you drop out. If you do, please contact us as soon as possible. There are buses and trains with some possibilities to bring on a bike along large portions of the route.

Good to know

Weather

Uppsala - Trondheim - Uppsala passes through various types of nature and up to 900 meters elevation over the mountains. The temperature is often about 15-30 degrees during the day, but it can chill down rapidly in the evening. Temperatures down to 0 °C are possible. Weather reports for Sweden and Norway can be found on YR from Norway's meteorological institute.

Flora and fauna

There can be reindeer on the road in the mountains and in Norway, there might be sheep. In northern Scandinavia there are also wild boar, elk, bears, and wolves. As a rule, they are very timid and stay away from people. There can be a problem with mosquitoes in Gysinge, particularly in the evening. They are not dangerous unless you are allergic, but they are definitely not afraid of people.

In Sweden and Norway we have Right of public access. That means it is permissible to hike and set up a tent out in the open, as long as you do not disturb people, animals or cause any damage. You are also allowed to pick fruit and berries that grow wild.

Telephone and electricity

There might not be cell phone coverage in some of the wilder areas. There can also be areas with only one single service provider.

Both Sweden and Norway use the continental European standard for electrical sockets. It will be possible to charge batteries in hostel rooms and in sleeping halls, but with limited capacity. Bring your own charging equipment.

Shops and money

Uppsala to Mora and Støren-Trondheim-Hell pass through relatively populated areas. North of Mora there are longer stretches with only isolated communities. From Tännäs to Särna (100 km) there are no shops, restaurants or public transportation.

Grocery stores in towns in Sweden are usually open in the evenings, both on weekdays and weekends. In the countryside and in Norway, shops are often closed on Sundays. Check the cue sheet for tips about finding food.

Popular cards like Visa and Mastercard work fine in both Sweden and Norway. A few very small cafés accept only cash.

Recommendations

In order to participate in UTU successfully you will need to cycle 300 km serveral days in a row. A 300 km brevet or equivalent qualifies you, but we recommend that you ride several brevets during the spring and preferably a 600 km brevet.

Bike

Any exclusively human-powered bike may be used. We recommend that you use a bike you have already used for long distances. Ensure that tyres and brake/gear cables are fresh, but also not completely new at the start.

Mudguards (fenders) are not obligatory but are good for you and others in case of rain.

Recumbents and velomobiles should have extra reflectors in the rear, since the rider is hidden from view. We also highly recommend a rear-view mirror on recumbents.

Clothing and equipment

Bring warm clothes and good rain protection. You should have a safety vest if you intend to cycle in the dark.

We also recommend a waterproof pocket for your brevet card, a pump and tools for basic repairs. This includes a spare tube and if possible a spare tyre, spokes of suitable length and perhaps a spare derailleur hanger. If you use electronic shifting, please bring your charger.