Race Rules Elite classes

Birkebeinerrittet run according to the UCI's MTB rules and NCF's laws and regulations.

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.

  • You may not start using another person's entry/bib.
  • For your safety it is not allowd to use any form of audio during the race.

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
  • Gloves
  • Hat or buff headwear
  • Extra food
  • Tools and hose kit
  • We recommend that you bring dry underwear and socks.

Participants who has not got the requierd contents in their backpack before start, will not bee allowed to start until this is provided.
Packs will be checked.
Participants not complying with these requirements will be disqualified or given a time penalty.
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.


  • A certified helmet is compulsory.
  • All bikes used in any terrain competition, should have only propulsion by human power.
  • It is prohibited to install equipment for time trial (ITT), road races or any kind of modification.

Elite garment
Participants in the elite classes must wear garment approved by their team, and the NCF. UCI teams may use their official cycle garment.

Technical assistance/feed zones
Feed zones are placed close to the ordinary food and drinking stations. Bringbusetra, Kvarstad and Elgåsen. They are marked with signs – "start feeding zone" and "end feeding zone".
Technical assistance shall only be given in the feed/technical assistance zones.

More information: UCI rules and regulations

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.

Violating the rules
Participants violating the rules will be disqualified or given a time penalty.


  • The complaint must be submitted in writing with a fee of NOK 300 at the Race Office in Håkons Hall.
  • 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.
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