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The Montane Kong Vinter Welcomes Racers to Denmark for Winter Racing

Rob Howard / 10.11.2021See All Event Posts Follow Event
Winter racing conditions in Denmark at the Kong Vinter
Winter racing conditions in Denmark at the Kong Vinter / © Honka Zak/Kong Vinter

The Montane Kong Vinter race in Denmark is usually one of the first in the calendar in the New Year, one of the few winter races in Europe, and next year takes place on January 15th.

The race is part of the Danish AR Union (DARU) series, attracts some top racers and teams, and is planned by international racer Lars Bukkehave.

“I have been racing around the world and have taken the best things I like from those races and put them into my own courses.”  He said. “I’ve now organized adventure races for 15 years and together with an awesome crew we build a race that we think is worth travelling for.

“The winter conditions make it unique and we always pick areas in Denmark with great forest, coast and unique places to explore. The 2022 edition will take place in Roskilde, the capital of the Vikings, so maybe some checkpoints will be hidden in a Viking village!

“Denmark is known for great maps for orienteering and navigation and we always update all the maps for the course, so it will be fair for all teams, without luck playing any part in their route choice,”

Among the many elite racers who have taken part is Silver Eensaar of the La Sportiva-Estonian ACE Adventure Racing Team, who commented.

“I’ve taken part in the Kong Winter twice, both great experiences! It’s very versatile with great orienteering and will certainly break some stereotypical ideas about Denmark. It’s not flat and it’s not open ground! Racing in January takes you through all kinds of weather, so it’s a short adventure with a long adventure race feel. It’s a great race every team should give a try sometime.”

The race is for teams of 2 or 3 and includes orienteering, running, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking (on the Masters course only).  There is a choice of courses for all abilities, the Masters being the longest at 12-14 hours and obviously including more night racing.  The other courses are the Challenge and Junior routes at 7-8 hours and the Fighter at 3.5-4 hours.

It’s a new course for this year and Roskilde is only 30 minutes from Copenhagen Airport by train. It’s also an easy location to reach from Sweden, and for those flying, it’s possible to hire bikes in advance for the race.

You can find out all about the race at; http://kongvinter.dk

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