The Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship

In 2022 the marathon distance at the Mountain Bike World Championships will be held in and around Haderslev.

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on cycling in Sønderjylland. One of the consequences of this has been more cycle paths and tracks for mountain bikes, the latter being designed to attract more tourists.

This increased focus has resulted in a major event that will put Sønderjylland on the map with regard to mountain biking, with the world championships in mountain bike marathon due to be held in and around Haderslev in 2022.

The Danish Cycling Federation is the official host of the World Championships, and the event has come to Haderslev as a result of a wide-ranging collaboration between the municipal authority in Haderslev, Sport Event Denmark and Triangle Region Denmark.

The mountainbike trail on Kalvø

A mountain bike marathon shouldn’t be confused with the Olympic mountain bike discipline, in which the riders ride on a circuit featuring man-made obstacles. A mountain bike marathon is – as the name suggests – a significantly longer route of at least 100 km, and runs along forest paths, gravel tracks and in some places on asphalt – and without artificial obstacles present.

The world championship in 2022 is planned to be held on a circuit of approx. 55 km, with start and finish in the centre of Haderslev. The circuit has to be ridden twice. The route will run through a large part of the municipality – with Vojens at the furthest point.

The World Championships in 2022 will be held on the weekend of 17-18 September, with the race itself on 18 September. More than 300 riders from around 30 countries are expected to compete.

As a “warm-up” to the World Championships, in 2020, 2021 and 2022 “Haderslev Mountain Bike Challenge” will be held, which is an event open to all and which will follow the world championship circuit. This will take place for the first time on 19-20 September 2020. The event is expected to be an annual event with more than 1000 participants – also after the World Championships in 2022.

Furthermore, the organisers expect to be able to host the Danish Championships in mountain bike marathon on the route in 2021.