For riders

Please notice: This is information for UTU 2018. Service and terms may differ at UTU 2022.

For riders

Map and route sheet

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

Dropbag

You can leave one or two dropbags at the start. We provide a bag, around 40·30 cm large. You will have access to it in Älvdalen on Saturday evening, in Røros on Sunday evening, in Stugdalen on Monday evening and once again in Älvdalen on Tuesday evening. These are the same places we offer night lodging. You can also choose to send a bag to only Älvdalen or Särna. In that case, notify us when you hand it in.

It's also possible - in addition to the dropbag service - to leave smaller luggage at the start, to be picked up at the finish.

See the transportation schedule.

Controls

Uppsala - Trondheim - Uppsala will have partially manned controls in 2018. We offer manned controls based on a tempo of approximately 300 km per day: Älvdalen (both out and back), Røros, Stugudalen and at the finish in Uppsala. We will also man a control in Särna for those who choose to ride longer the first evening. Inbetween these manned controls, you will have to get your brevet card stamped at cafés or other establishments along the way. We might have more manned controls, if we get more volunteers, to make it easier for those who wish to cycle more than 300 km a day.

See the controls page for overview.

Night lodging

We offer night accommodations in large halls with air mattresses on a first come first serve basis at all manned controls. It is also possible to book a place in hostels or equivalents at the main controls: Älvdalen, Røros and Stugudalen.

Breakfast and snacks

At the manned controls we offer coffee, tea, snacks and breakfast as long as the controls are manned. There will be vegetarian and vegan food as well. This is incluced in the starting fee.

Rules

See the rules page.

Start in Uppsala

map of start and finish

map of start and finish

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 to 10% along the way, though most hills are less steep than so. Total climbing is around 16000 m.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.

Stamping

When you come to areas without a manned control, you can validate your brevet card 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 UTU is 125 hours. That means you will have to be back in Uppsala by 12:00 on Thursday at the latest. The earliest you can return is on Monday at 02:00. See the controls for when the controls along the route open and close. There you will also find times for places where you can validate your passage as well as places to eat and sleep.

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 5 degrees 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 there 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 Särna to Tännäs (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 400 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 bike with driven by human power only may be used. We recommend that you use a bike you have already used for long distance. 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 the 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.