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.