Swedish Classic Circuit

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En svensk klassiker, Swedish classic circuit, is a diploma awarded to those who have finished races in four race disciplines (cross country skiing, cycling, swimming and cross country running) during a 12-month period. The diploma was first awarded in 1972.

Thousands of people, mostly Swedes, take part in all four each year and receive the Swedish Classic Circuit award. More than 28,000 people (more than 4,500 women) have achieved this.[1]

Races[edit]

Discipline Race Length Length Month
Cross country skiing Vasaloppet
Öppet spår
Engelbrektsloppet
90 km
90 km
60 km
55.9 miles March
March
February
Cycling Vätternrundan 300 km 186.4 miles June
Open water swimming Vansbrosimningen 3 km 1.9 miles July
Cross country running Lidingöloppet 30 km 18.6 miles September

There is a special version The women's classic circuit, Tjejklassikern, with four events, but about one-third so long distances, meant for those women who believe the real Classic Circuit is too demanding. Another special version is The half classic circuit, Halvklassikern, where the distances cover half the original events.

Special achievements[edit]

  • In 2004, triathlete Jonas Colting finished all four races of the Swedish Classic Circuit directly after each other. He started with the Vansbrosimningen, Vasaloppet on roller-skis, Vätternrundan, and then finished with Lidingöloppet. He finished in 25 hours and 17 minutes including transport. Actual racing time was 17 hours and 59 minutes.[2]
  • Andreas Lindén has the record for best time to finish all the races consecutively. In June 2010 he started with Vasaloppet on roller-skis, swam 3 km in Vansbrosimmet. From there he was transported with helicopter to Motala and cycled in Vätternrundan. He was once more transported to Lidingö where he ran the Lidingöloppet route of 30 km. Total time, including transport, was 19 hours and 46 minutes.
  • In February 2017, Jonas Ekblom became the first person to complete all the races consecutively in winter. He started with the real Vasaloppet, to be transported to Motala and Vätternrundan. Since the waters in Vansbro were frozen he swam the 3 km in lake Vättern instead. He finished with Lidingöloppet for a total time of 38 hours, where actual racing time was 27 hours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ En Svensk Klassiker / Tjejklassikern - A classic among classics
  2. ^ "Superklassikern". Mynewsdesk (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-07-09. 

External links[edit]

En svensk klassiker
Vasaloppet | Vätternrundan | Vansbrosimningen | Lidingöloppet