Key info before you stand on the starting line

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Åre Extreme Challenge is a challenging race that demands years of training to win. But the vast majority of competitors are recreational athletes and weekend warriors that take fantastic memories home from the beautiful course. Here are some tips to prepare for the event. 


The race includes both whitewater paddling (RIVER CLASS) and flatwater paddling (ALL CLASSES).

New 2018 paddling rules apply to both the RIVER CLASS and LAKE CLASS. The most significant rule changes are for the RIVER CLASS related to improved knowledge for whitewater paddling skills. Read the new rules here

Choice of kayak is important, as you should select a boat that matches your ability — fast and tippy boats are not for everyone!  It is more important to paddle your kayak forward at a comfortable speed than it is to maximize speed and lose your balance.

The kayaking on Lake Åre (ALL CLASSES) can be demanding. Within minutes the weather can change and the lake can become rough (as happened in 2014 when many competitors capsized and were not able to get back into their kayaks by themselves).

Tips – kayaks and paddle courses. Read more here.

Tips – Paddling on the Indals River for the RIVER CLASS

Some competitors like to paddle the river section of the course during the week prior to the event. These tours should not be used as a certification course, but rather as a way to experience the river, to learn to read the lines, and to get a feel for the water level. Contact the companies Kajaktiv and Äventyrligt - read more here.

Check out this video (in Swedish) showing the first rapid ("Lövströmmarna" which is approximately 3 km long class II rapid) and a video in English that shows the tricky 90 degree turn. Thanks to Agneta Bergman Fredrikson for this video. 


The running is challenging with over 1,000 vertical metres of climbing. Training of both uphill and downhill running is important before the race, as the trail is on technical and rocky terrain.

Running tips - read more here.

Mountain Bike

The mountain bike section is technical and includes wet sections  — including some short swamps, where it’s often easier to run with the bike.  Solo and Duo competitors should  include some “brick sessions” in their training leading up to the race (i.e., run 45-90 min and then immediately jump on your bike for 60-120 min). We can promise one thing: after running 1,000 meters downhill into the “run-to-bike” transition in Huså, your legs will not be fresh!

Mountain bike tips - read more here.


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