Vatternrundan: Sweden’s epic lake ride

30,000 riders take on the Vatternrudan, which is a 300km circuit of the vast lake in southern Sweden.

(Image credit: Vatternrundan)

The Vätternrundan — a 300km circuit of a vast lake in southern Sweden that has been run since 1966 — ought to be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Held over two weekends near the summer solstice in June, 30,000 riders took part in the event in 2013 around the shoreline of Lake Vättern.

Taking into account the number of participants and the number of kilometres cycled between them — nearly eight million — this event has every right to call itself the world’s largest recreational bike ride.

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