Birkebeinerrittet takes place 26 August 2017. The course passes through forrest, mountain and valleys from the village of Rena to the olympic city of Lillehammer.
The idea of adding a cycle race to the Birken events, first arouse in 1991. Three inspired men, Morten Østli, Snorre Moen and Tor Fredriksen, went searching for a suitable trail across the mountains - and started what today is one of the world's largest mountain races.
Birkebeinerrittet premiered on September 11. 1993, and had a total of 1327 contestants. Like in Birkebeinerrennet, all contestants must wear the 3.5 kg packpack symbolizing the child king saved by the original Birkebeinere in year 1205.
Today the race weekend in August brings about 25.000 participants together, to participate in one of the 6 races to choose from, ranging from the childrens race, to the especially challenging Ultra race.
Today the trail is 86 km long, starting in the centre of the town Rena - then takes you west across the mountains, before ending up in the finish area by Håkons Hall, Lillehammer. The trail takes you through a variety of terrain, starting at 260 masl. The highest top is at 860 masl.
Be prepared for both forrest trails, gravel roads and mountain terrain.
- Last Updated: 04/04/2017
- Source: Visit Hedmark AS
The Birken race - bike
- August 26, 2017 - August 26, 2017