Welcome to Birkebeinerrittet!
Birkebeinerrittet, a classic MTB race.
Arranged for the 26. time in 2018
The track is 86 km long and passes through impressive mountain, forrest and valley settings from the village of Rena to Håkons hall at the Olympic city of Lillehammer. Both elite and recreational bikers enjoy this journey.
All competitors must have passed 17 years of age as per December 31, 2018 and must carry a backpack of at least 3,5 kg throughout the race.
Birkebeinerrittet 86 km
Transportation of luggage from start to finish is included in the entry fee.
It is your responsibility to tag your luggage and hand it in to the truck labelled with your wave. Tags are included in your race packet. In the event of heavy rain, you will be given plastic bags to keep your luggage dry.
The trucks are on the big parking area (Sømoen) east of Åmot kulturhus, Rena.
You will receive your luggage north of Kristins Hall (at the finish) in Lillehammer.
The organizers accept no liability for loss of baggage.
Food- and drink stations
Place Km Serving Start Refill Maxim sports drink and water Skramstadsetra 13 Maxim sports dring and water Bringbu 26 Maxim sports drink, water, bananas, traditional pastry, refill water Kvarstad 44 Maxim sports drink, water, banana, pastry, Gilde Birkebeiner ham, refill water. Coca Cola Rosinbakken 54 Raisins and Vørterøl Elgåsen 60 Maxim sports drink, water, Coca Cola, bananas, pastry and refill water Finish 86 Water, hot soup, Vørterøl, Maarud Potetgull® (crisps) and Gilde sausage
The food stations are all organized with bananas, pastry, Maxim sports drink and water served in that order. Refill of water is available on the end table.
The track separates in two "lanes" before entering the food station arean. Keep to the left if you want to continue the race, without stopping for food and drinks..
If you need special food due to allergies, we strongly recommend that you bring your own food.
Keep Birken clean
littering along the track is not allowed. Bring your litter to the nearest food station or use the drop zones along the track.
Information and special rules for the Elite Classes
Senior elite: Age minimum 19 years old by 31.12.2018
Junior elite: Age 17 or 18 years old by 31.12.2018
Entrants in the elite classes and/or junior elite classes must hold a valid licence issued by a National Federation affiliated to the UCI, which must be presented on registration. If the licence cannot be used as identification, the participant must show another type of identification.
Preliminary starting time
Women elite and women junior elite August 25. at 09:20
Men elite and men junior elite August 25. at 15:30
Participants in the elite classes must wear garment approved by their team, and the NCF. UCI teams may use their official cycle garment.
The course is appr. 86 km. See track description and map
Towards the finish area Men elite senior and junior will use a special Elite course - information regarding this special course will be given in August
Technical assistance/feed zones
Feed zones are placed close to the ordinary food and drinking stations. Skramstadsetra, Bringbusetra, Kvarstad and Elgåsen. They are marked with signs – "start feeding zone" and "end feeding zone".
Technical assistance during a race is permitted subject to the conditions below. Technical assistance shall only be given in the feed/technical assistance zones. Authorized technical assistance during a race consists of the repair or the replacement of any part of the bicycle other than the frame.
Bike changes are not permitted and the rider must cross the finishing line with the same handlebar number plate that he had at the start. Spare equipment and tools for repairs must be kept within the technical assistance zones. Repairs and equipment changes can be carried out by the competitor himself, or with the help of a team-mate or team mechanic within the technical assistance zones. Outside the zones technical assistance is only permitted between competitors in the same team.
Competitors may carry tools and spare parts provided that these do not involve any danger to themselves or the other competitors.
Backpack 3,5 kg
All competitors mus carry a backpack weighing at least 3,5 kg. The backpack must be visible, and can not be worn underneath clothing or bib.
For safety reasons there are rules about what the pack must contain: Find details in the Race Rules
Please read all the Race Rules thoroughly before start
Distribution of bibs
Please see information about distribution of bibs.
Your race packet contains two start numbers. The one that includes your time chip must be fastened on your handle bars according to instructions, the other must be fastened on your backpack.
In addition a timing chip for your helmet is distributed at Rena town square Saturday August 25 at registration. You will receive important information from the judge. If you are wearing a GPS-tracking device, these will also be distributed here.
At stage in Rena Torg ( the center of Rena outside Åmot kulturhus).
You will be given an extra timing chip for your helmet and also recieve important information from the jury.
• Women elite / Women elite jr. 08:00-09:00
• Men elite / men elite jr. 14:00-15:00
Please note: If you are not wearing a timing chip, your results will not be registered.
Flower ceremony for the three best shortly after finish at Håkons Hall.
Birkebeiner Medal (merket)
There is a time limit based on the average time of the top 5 competitors starting in age classes (not elite classes) plus 25%, worked out separately for each class. Participants finishing within the limit for
the first time will receive a diploma and the "Birkebeiner Medal" silver pin.
Note: Competitors starting in Men and Women Elite, does not affect the Birkebeiner Medal time limit.
Birkebeiner Medals "Merker"
- 1. merke: SMK (Silver pin)
- 5. merke: GMK (Golden pin)
- 10. merke: FAT 10 (Cover plate)
- 15. merke: FAT 15 (Cover plate)
- 20.merke: FAT 20 (Cover plate)
- 25.merke: FAT 25 (Cover plate)
No medals are given at the 2nd, 3th, 4th, 6th, 7th an so on.
All participants finishing the race recieves a participation pin just after the finish line. A diploma stating your time is also available. You must retrieve this inside Håkons Hall at the race day.
25% of participants starting in each class recieves a prize.
The top three in each age class recieve their prizes from the stage in Håkons Hall. Retrieve your other prizes, pins and diplomas at the prize desk inside Håkons Hall.
Participated 10 and 20 times
Participants that have reached the milestones of entering 10 or 20 times in Birkebeinerrittet recieve one gourmet dinner plate from our prize collection. The plate is ingraved
Prize ceremony for the elite classes and junior classes take place outside Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Saturday. Ceremony for women is at 13.00, and the ceremony for men is at 19.00. Anyone who wins the mountains prizes or the finish prizes must meet in order to receive prizes.
Results and the Birkebeiner medal
Participants in the elite classes will get results in both elite classes, and their age classes.
Exceptions: Participants in M45 and older, and W55 and older, will only receive results in elite classes.
Results in the elite classes do not affect the time limit for receiving the Birken medal. Participants in these classes will gain the medal if their results are within the time limit set by de top 5 participants in each age class.
Prize ceremony for the elite classes
From stage outside Håkons Hall.
Women Elite Jr. and Sr.: 13.00
Men Elite Jr. and Sr: 19.00Mountain prizes Elite
Place Sponsor Prize Skramstadsetra Birken NOK 3000,- Bringbusetra Birken NOK 3000,- Kvarstad Sport 1 NOK 3000,- Storåsen SsangYong NOK 3000,-Finish prizes elite Placement Prize . 1. plass NOK 20 000,- 2. plass NOK 17 000,- 3. plass NOK 14 000,- 4. plass NOK 12 000,- 5. plass NOK 10 000,- 6. plass NOK 8 000,-Finish prizes elite jr. Placement Prize . 1. plass NOK 5000,- 2. plass NOK 2500,- 3. plass NOK 1000,-
Competitors will be seeded in waves according to results obtained in previous Birkebeinerrittet races or in races sanctioned for qualification.The fastest competitors will start first. Our intention is that all competitors should start in a wave where they qualitatively belong and thus compete with their equals.
The seeding will change regularly until the second/third week in August. After this date the information regarding wave and starting time will be final. All participants must log in to My Page, and print/download their starting card, which holds all information about wave and starting time. You need to show this card to retrieve your bib.
Allocation of wave 2018
Waves will be allocated on the basis of results in Birkebeinerrittet/FredagsBirken sykkel 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 or 2013 or from races sanctioned for qualification in 2018.
Start togehter ?
It you want to start together with friends or family we can offer this in one of the un-seeded waves. Please send a message stating names and Birken ID's to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that there are special rules for qualification for the Elite classes
For participants outside of Norway,
results from other races will also be assessed for qualification. Such results must be from 2018. If you want to reseed due to results from other races please send an e-mail including your Birken ID and link for the results to: email@example.com as early as possible, but by August 6th at the latest.
If you want seeding from one of the qualifiaction races in Norway you must enter your Birken ID number when you register for one of these.
Participants with no confirmed qualification will be placed into the unseeded waves.
All re-seeding must be submitted by August 21st
Participants which has not reached the following destinations by the listet hour, will not be allowed to finish the race due to safety reasons
Kvarstad by 17.00
Elgåsen by 18.30
All participants are expected to cross the finish line by 20.30
Free shuttles are provided for participants that are cut of from the race.
- Start area to Lillehammer at 10.00, 13.00 and 17.30
- Kvarstad to Lillehammer at 12.00, 14.00, 16.00 and 17.00
Starting times and classes
All participants will be seeded independent of class. Exceptions are:
The classes for Physically disabled, tandem, tandem disabled, Women 70+ and Men 80+ will start in wave 19.
The classes for Cyklocross/gravel men and women will start together in one wave.
All even numbered waves enter the green sluice before start. Odd numbered waves enter the red sluice.
Birkebeinerrittet use age classes for both female and male contestants, elite classes F/M Jr./Sr., Cyklocross/gravel men and women, tandem, tandem FH (disabled) and disabled (FHM og FHK). To participate in the classes for disabled you must provide a classification certificate from the Norwegian Handicap Association (NAD).
Age classes are divided as follows: F/M 17 yrs, F/M 18-19 yrs, F/M 20-24 yrs, F/M 25-29 yrs, F/M 30-34 yrs etc.
Age as per 31.12.2018.
In the tandem class both contestants may get their results registered. Both cyclist must then pay and register their participation, they must also carry a back pack weighing at least 3,5 kg.
Assistance in tandem FH and FHK/FHM
Participants assisting physically disabled, which do not wish to have their results registered - does not pay for their participation. Assistants without time chip, may participate without complying to the back pack-weight limits, they must, however, bring extra clothes, foods, drink, tools and repair outfit.
For more information about tandem cycling/assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS 2018: Cyklocross/gravel
There will be one class for men and one class for women cyklocross/gravel. These two classes will all start in the same wave. It is not allowed to start in any other class or wave with cyklocross or gravel bikes.
The rules for the Birkebeiner medal does not apply in these two classes. Prizes will be given to the three best women and men.
The number of participants in these two classes togheter are limited to 200.Starting times 2018
All waves starts at real time, except Women and Men elite Jr/Sr., Wave 1 and wave 16
Cyklocross: Wave 14, 09.10
Start Wave Type 08.00 1 appr. 150 best seeded men total in M45, M50, M55 08.10-09.05 2-13 Seeded men 09.10 14 Cyclocross women and men 09.20 16 WE Sr., WE Jr., + appr. 100 bes seeded women in age classes 09.25-09.30 17-18 seeded W/M 09.35 19 Seeded W/M, W70+, M80+, FH, Tandem, Tandem FH 09.40-10.05 20-25 seeded W/M 10.10 26 W/M17 and 18 unseeded + W/M seeded 10.15-11.20 27-40 seeded W/M 11.30-12.05 42-49 Unseeded W/M 15.30 ME Men Elite Jr. and Sr.
Need to know in advance
Bus transport is available for participants (incl. bikes) from Lillehammer and Oslo to the start at Rena in the morning and return after the race. You must pre-order bus transport, through My Page before 20.00 the day before you depart. There is no refund for unused tickets.
Lillehammer - Rena: Appr. 2 hours
Oslo (departure terminal Color Line, Hjortneskaia) - Rena: Appr. 3 hours
Sjusjøen - Rena: Appr. 2 hours
Transportation by train from Oslo Airport; nsb.no
Cycles are transportet on lorries. We advice you to protect your cycle with fabric or bubble wrap.
- Change of Bib pick up place
- Reseeding Birkebeinerrittet
The deadline applies for competitors already entered
- Ordering license
- Change of wave for HalvBirken cycle
- Registration and reregistration all races at 21.00
- Booking bus at 20.00
- No registration/entry on race day
- Registratin after August 21. for Birkebeinerrittet: You must pick up your Bib in Rena
All participants age 13-79 must have a valid license to start in cycle events in Norway. If you have a valid license through your team, bring your license card when you retrieve your BIB.
The license is not included in the entry fee. It can be purchased when entering, through your My Page, or at the race office when retrieving your BIB.
The Norwegian Cycling Federation
The license is an insurance through the Norwegian Cycling Federation, and should you be injured while participating in an Birken cycle event, this license makes sure that your treatment is covered.
Information from the Norwegian Cycling Federation.
The race is run according to the UCI's MTB rules and NCF's laws and regulations. In addition there are also special regulations for Birkebeinerrittet.
Note: Additional rules for the Elite classes
Participants must comply with instructions given by the organizers.
General traffic regulations and road signs must be observed. Please pay attention to the environment, the public and co-racers. Parts of the route will be closed for ordinary traffic, and supporter vehicles are not permitted. Participants in the age classes may use the service stations.
For safety reason, it is not allowed to use MP3 player/earplugs etc.
All participants, regardless of class, must carry a 3,5 kilo backpack during the entire race, until crossing the finish line. The backpack must be visible, and can not be worn underneath clothing or bib.
For safety reasons the pack must contain
- wind-/water resistant jacket and pants
- Hat or buff headwear
- Extra food
- Tools and hose kit
- We recommend that you bring dry underwear and socks.
NOTE: Special rules for the content for UltraBirken cycle
Participants who has not got the requierd contents in their backpack before start, will not bee allowed to start until this is provided. If the participants have to put on a lot of the clothing/equipment throughout the race, due to bad weather conditions, the organizer will judge this with a common sense regarding the weight of the backpack.
Packs will be checked. Participants not complying with these requirements will be disqualified or given a time penalty.
Littering along the route is not allowed. Please bring your own litter to the nearest food station or use the drop zones along the course. Littering along the course can be penalized with 15 minutes added to your time.
A certified helmet is compulsory.
All bikes used in any terrain competition, should have only propulsion by human power. It is forbidden to use tires with metal screws or spikes. The bikes must be equipped with wheels of equal diameter, front and rear, no larger than 29 inches. It is prohibited to install equipment for time trial (ITT), road races or any kind of modification
All participants 13-79 years old needs a license/ insurance.
Timing / Bib
The bib must be fastened to the handlebar according to instructions.
Your result is registered in the chip on the back of your start number.
Time keeping starts when crossing the start mat.
NOTE: Start shot (the start time is registered by start shot) applies for:
Birkebeinerrittet: The elite classes, wave 1 , and wave 16.
UltraBirken cycle: Wave 1 for men and wave 2 for women
HalvBirken cycle: Wave 1
UngdomsBirken cycle: All classes
Violating the rules
Participants violating the rules will be disqualified. The organizers reserve the right to stop late racers from completing the race.You may not start using another person's entry/bib. Doing so will lead to disqualification.
Against race conditions: 15 minutes after the last competitor has crossed the finish line.
Against the list of results: 30 minutes after the list and results have been published.
The complaint must be submitted in writing with a fee of NOK 300 at the Race Office in Håkons Hall.
Please also see the entry conditions
Travel and accommodation MTB
Travel and accommodation
We provide simple mattress accommodation prior to Birkebeinerrittet (NOK 399,-). Bus transport is also available for these events, from Oslo and Lillehammer to Rena.
Other accommodation Rena and Lillehammer
Buses and trains
Buses from Oslo and Lillehammer to Rena is available for booking through your My Page from two weeks prior to the race. Booking must be made before 20.00 the evening before the race, or you can buy your ticket in Håkons Hall, Lillehammer.
If you are arriving by car, please view recommended driving pattern in Rena and Lillehammer.
Travelling by car from Oslo is not difficult. Follow the E6 north. If you are going to Rena, take the exit to Elverum, and follow the road signs from there. Rena is approximately 2,5 hours from Oslo. Travelling to Lillehammer - follow the E6 until Lillehammer is on your right, this takes about two hours.
If you have more questions, or need help booking - please contact us.
On race day
- Stadium maps
What happens when?
Lillehammer Håkons Hall
- 15.00-21.00 Sport 1 marked
Rena Åmot kulturhus, Rena Torg
- 10.00-22.00 Distribution of Bibs and registration
- 10.00-22.00 Sport 1 market
- 18.00-19.00 BarneBirken (children race)
- 17.00-20.00 Birken show each hour
- 19.15 and 20.15 Bike show in Rena sentrum
Lillehammer Håkons Hall
- 10.00-22.00 Distribution of Bibs and registration
- 10.00-22.00 Sport 1 market
- 10.00-22.00 Birken cycle expo
- 06.30-14.30 Distribution of Bibs in Åmot kulturhus
- 06.30-14.30 Sport 1 market
- 08.00-15.30 Start Birkebeinerrittet
- 09.20 Start women elite Jr. and Sr.
- 15.30 Start men elite Jr. and Sr.
- 08.00 Sport 1 Mini market
- 09.00 Start UltraBirken cycle
- 14.00 Start HalvBirken cycle
Lillehammer Håkons Hall
- 06.45-20.00 Bib distribution UltraBirken, HalvBirken. Registration and Bib distribution BarneBirken (kids) and UngdomsBirken (youth) cycle.
- 10.00-20.00 Sport 1 market
- 10.00-20.00 Birken Cycle Expo
- 10.50 First competitor in Birkebeinerrittet to the finish
- 12.25 Women elite to the finish
- 15.00 First competitor in HalvBirken cycle to the finish
- 13.30-14.00 First competitor in UltraBirken to the finish
- 16.00 Prize ceremony for the 3 best in each class in UltraBirken cycle
- 17.00 Prize ceremony for the 3 best in each class in HalvBirken-
- 18.05 Men elite to the finish
All day: Prize ceremony for the 3 best in each class in Birkenbeinerrittet and Birkebeinertrippelen
Lillehammer Håkons Hall
- 08.30-15.00 Race office
- 08.30-15.00 Sport 1 market
- 08.30-15.00 Birken Cycle Expo
- 08.30-11.00 Distribution of Bibs UngdomsBirken
- 10.00-11.15 Start UngdomsBirken 12-16 years old
- 10.20 First competitor inUngdomsBirken to the finish
- 12.00 Prize ceremony for the 3 best in each class in UngdomsBirken and Ungdomstrippelen
- 08.30-12.30 Registration and distribution of bibs BarneBirken
- 12.30-13.30 Start BarneBirken 0-11 years old
- 12.30-14.30 Activities for kids
Distribution of Bibs
Lillehammer, Håkons Hall
- Friday August 24. 10.00-22.00 - all races
- Saturday August 25. 09.00-20.00 - HalvBirken, UngdomsBirken and BarneBirken cycle.
Note: HalvBirken cycle must pick up before leaving to the start area at Pellestova.
- Sunday August 26. 08.30-12.30 - UngdomsBirken and BarneBirken cycle
Pellestova, start UltraBirken cycle
- Saturday August 25. 07.00-08.00 - UltraBirken cycle
Rena, Åmot kulturhus
- Friday August 24. 10.00 - 22.00
- Saturday August 25. 06.30 - 14.30
Race packets for Birkebeinerrittet that is ordered to Lillehammer and not been retrieved in Lillehammer by Friday night, may be picked up in Åmot kulturhus Rena, Saturday morning.
On the raceday race packets must be collected at least 1 hour before your starting time. Allow for some extra time as traffic will be heavy.
Please show your starting card to testify paid entry fee, license and bib number.
In your race packet you will find
A tag with your wave number to be fastened at the back of your pack.
Your bib, that must be visible throughout the race.
Luggage tags for one item.
Your personal time-recorder is part of your start number and must be worn throughout the race.
We offer simple service such as changing of hose, chain, brake pads, as well as adjusting the gears and brakes before start and at the service stations along the track ( see map)
This is performed by experienced mechanics.
It is also possible to clean (flush) dirt off your bike at the service stations.
We recommend that your bike is well maintained and checked before you arrive at Rena.
It is also important to bring some equipment for bike care in your backpack, such as hose, small tools and a pump.
We have attended bike parking in the finish area and also the possibility to clean the bike before you leave the area.
The bicycle parking closes at. 21.00 saturday.
- Traffic / parking
Free bike parking is available in the finish area. The parking is in a closed of area, and your bike is insured against theft while in the parking area. The parking area is open until 21.00 The owner of the cycle is identified by start number, and to retrieve your cycle from the area, you must bring your start card, Birken-app, your wrist tag or luggage tag.
Bike wash is available after crossing the finish line.