Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Join the Embassy of Sweden in celebrating Sweden's famed ski race and festival, Vasaloppet, by bike this Sunday


I have a lot of friends who are bicyclists, thus had to share this event this weekend. Join the Embassy of Sweden this Sunday to celebrate Sweden's famed ski race and festival, Vasaloppet, by bike! Vasaloppet is a long distance cross-country ski race held in Dalarna, Sweden annually on the first Sunday of March. It is the oldest, one of the longest, and biggest cross-country ski race in the world.

Starting from the House of Sweden, bicyclists will duplicate the 56-mile Vasa race with a non-competitive ride through scenic upper Northwest Washington DC and into Montgomery County, MD.

In keeping with the Vasaloppet’s week-long series of events for everyone, WABA also has designed shorter routes, a Halv Vasa (28 miles) and a Kort Vasa (14 miles).

All rides will finish with the Vasa Race's famed blueberry soup courtesy of Ekströms, part of Procordia Food AB and the Swedish Embassy.

Registration will start at 7:30am and end at 9:15am:
56-Mile Vasa will start at 8:00am
28-mile Halv Vasa will start at 8:30am
14-mile Kort Vasa will start at 9:00am

*Please note, any riders arriving back to House of Sweden past 1pm will not be guaranteed blueberry soup

The Vasa Ride is a rain or shine event, and helmets are mandatory.

If it snows, bring your skis!

Although it is not necessary for you to register in order to participate, we ask that you please register online so that we can do our best to provide enough blueberry soup at the end of the ride! Register online here: www.waba.org/events/vasaride.php

The Vasa ride is FREE and open to the public but please consider bringing a $5 donation the day of the event.

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