GFNY Uppsala takes you from the dynamic, energetic bustle of Sweden’s 4th largest city to the breathtaking nature of Uppsala County.
The start area is located on Svartbäcksgatan, Uppsala’s trendy shopping, bar and restaurant pedestrian-only street.
The race starts with a neutralized stretch from downtown Uppsala for 4km. Once you make the left to Ulva, the flying start will open the race.
Set in the tranquillity of the glorious Uppsala countryside, this magnificent GFNY Uppsala loop will take you past dozens of small lakes, a wildlife refuge, nature preserves, forests, charming villages, horse farms, cattle ranches, and more. A section of the course travels along one of the designated Linnaeus walking trails, which the scientist covered on foot to study and classify plants, animals and minerals.
The small, windy, twisty roads were created through history and shaped by nature and animal and human use, resulting in roads that are ultra fun for cycling: a constant up-down over gentle hills and left-right-left-right turns. The stillness and vastness of the Uppsala County nature will make you understand why this place was chosen thousands of years ago by the Vikings and through preservation and care, Uppsala has guarded the breathtaking nature to this day.
While there are no significant climbs on this course (the highest point of the race is at 95masl), it will give you the impression the course is flat. But the long route accumulates 1550m of climbing because the road is constantly rolling. Your legs will be constantly adjusting to the changing topography, which will probably be your biggest challenge of the day.
The course travels over three sections of unpaved roads, with a total distance of 25km. The roads are hard packed and in good condition for your road bike, you will not need any special bike or tires. Take care to follow road rules, the timed section of 150km will not have police support and there is one stop sign and one yield sign, which you will have to obey and exercise usual care as any time you adhere to traffic laws on open roads.
After the timing finish line in Ulva, you will have a final 4km cool down tracing the same route back to downtown Uppsala where you started your day. The post-race celebrations await you at the IFU Arena. After crossing the celebratory finish line, get your medal & finisher photo, and enjoy the post-race meal, music, festivities, and awards ceremony. Relive the indescribable day with your family and friends, the impressions of this day and course will impress you as a cycling highlight of your year.