From 23 – 26 June 2015, the fourth annual WOW Cyclothon will see keen cyclists from around the world competing to be crowned the fastest team to pedal around Iceland’s Highway 1 – the 1,332 kilometre ring road that loops around the entire country – raising money for a worthy cause in the process.
Taking place under the midnight sun, the non-stop relay race is the only one of its kind in Iceland, often completed by the winner in less than 48 hours. Teams can consist of one, four or ten riders, who cycle in a relay format non-stop for the entire route, followed by their support vehicle. With the ten-rider teams offering the shortest distance per person, this category means less experienced cyclists can take part too, with many corporate participants signing teams to the Cyclothon as a team building exercise for their employees.
Starting at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, the challenging route steers participants past Iceland’s most stunning landscapes beneath the midnight sun, including glaciers, mighty waterfalls, the spectacular coastal line, fjords, national parks and striking volcanoes. Far in the east of Iceland there is a 29km gravel section to the route where a mountain bike is required, adding another challenge to the already challenging endurance ride.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: “Given the popularity for keen cyclists to travel to experience new terrain and Iceland’s breath-taking scenery, we knew that the WOW Cyclothon was likely to be well-received when we introduced and the race has grown each year. I will forever be in awe of the solo finishers, we had three complete last year, a truly amazing effort.”
As the main race sponsor, WOW air awards flight tickets as prizes for each member of the winning female and male teams. Open to cyclists of all abilities with all types of bikes, registration closes on 5 May and costs £340 for teams of four, £608 for teams of ten, and £146 for a team of one.
Last year £74,070 was donated to the Department of Orthopedics at the National University Hospital of Iceland. This year the Cyclothon will again support a department within the National University Hospital, situated in Reykjavik.
WOW air’s direct route between London Gatwick and Reykjavik costs from just £49 one way. For more information on the WOW Cyclothon please visit www.wowcyclothon.com. For more information or to book please visit www.wowair.co.uk.