Blog from a 2017 participant

Cat Sutherland's Glacier 360 experience...

"Never say that in a race. Never say that even if you’re sure you know the profile and your watch enticingly tells you the final few kilometres are in sight. Never say that when the force of gravity is superseded by the mighty force of the wind through a cosmic landscape with nowhere to hide.

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We’re racing in Iceland. A place of magical, Narnia-like proportions where more common than fellow man is the hiss of hot geysers and the vastness of glacial plains. Marking its second yearGlacier 360 is Iceland’s first and only mountain bike stage race. Covering near to 300 kilometres of volcanic terrain, it circumnavigates the second largest glacier, Langjökull. Against forceful winds, the route traces unforgiving rock, sand and river beds. Enlisting a fellow hardy Scot for the task, I was joined for the adventure by Naomi Freireich, a proven competitor in the world of endurance mountain bike racing. Whilst not really knowing each other prior, she echoed a tough and resilient figure who’d be game for this most northerly of long distance endeavours..."

Read the full recollection on her website

Happy holidays

We can hardly believe that the year has almost come to an end. It will be memorable for a lot of reasons; America voted a new president, UK opted out of the European Union, Rio hosted the Olympics and Paralympics and the Icelandic national football team made it to the quarter finals at the European Championship (matching the women team's best results). In doing so, Iceland became the smallest ever nation to reach this far in a major tournament.

As interesting as this sounds the highlight of the year for us will always be our first-ever Glacier 360 race. Did you know that never before has a MTB stage race been held in Iceland and never before have as many foreign riders attended a bike race in Iceland!

Next year will be another year of first's for the Glacier 360 crew and riders when we enter the UCI race scene. Also, new riders, volunteers and supporters will arrive from all over the world. What more could one wish for? At the very least we're looking forward to it so bring it on!

On behalf of the Glacier 360 crew I wish you a happy holiday season and a great new adventurous year!

Björk Kristjánsdóttir
CEO of Glacier 360

The first UCI classified race in Iceland

Press release: A UCI classified race in Iceland for the first time

UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) recently approved the Icelandic mountain bike multi-day stage race Glacier 360 as a class 2 race. The race was held for the first time in August 2016 and dates are set for August 11th - 13th 2017.

According to Björk Kristjánsdóttir, CEO of the Icelandic company Made in Mountains ehf. which manages the race this is an exciting time not only for the race itself but also for Iceland which joined UCI last year. “The number of cyclists in Iceland has grown significantly for the last few years and we feel like this is an important step for the local community, being able to participate in the international scenery of the sport."

Glacier 360 is a three day MTB marathon stage race in which riders travel 290 km around the famous Langjökull glacier. Taking ancient trails, paths and roads the ride is challenging and different from what experienced riders have seen before. Riders race in pairs, supporting each other throughout the race.

The race is suitable for all riders and outdoor enthusiasts as well as professional athletes. Riders will choose their category depending on their ambition, UCI Elite (subcategories men and women) for those seeking a shot at the points and cash prize, General Category (men, women, mixed, masters and grandmasters) for those in it for the adventure, challenge and experience.

“This year we had riders of both genders and all ages gathering from all around the world for the first-ever Glacier 360. People with different background which all of a sudden had this adventure in common. This creates the unique atmosphere we’re seeking in camp and on the course.” Says Björk but the team is looking forward to welcoming riders again next year.

Registration 2017 Open!

Registration 2017 Open!

Dates for Glacier 360 2017 have been announced. The race will kick off at Geysir geothermal area at 10:00 Friday August 11th 2017. 

Today, August 25th registration was opened with the first 40 entries (20 teams) available at early bird prices. 

Stage 3 Race Report

Stage 3 Race Report

Starting from Hveravellir Hot Springs in between the glaciers of Langjökull and Hofsjökull in centre of the Icelandic highlands this morning (19th of August 2016) in fine weather, competitors had blue skies and no wind from start to finish.

Todays stage started with a fast gravel, lava and hardpack road to the Þjófadalir (Valley of Thiefs) where a single track starts and the team descend fast towards the Kjölur mountain road. Rock gardens, small streams, mud paths, lava fields, black volcanic desert..well you get the picture, pretty much anything Iceland can throw at you was on the menu today.