Key info before you stand on the starting line

Åre Extreme Challenge is a challenging race. Here are some important tips to help you prepare. 

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Paddling - RIVER CLASS 

If you choose RIVER CLASS you will be paddling both whitewater and flatwater. You must provide a certificate proving your whitewater skills according the paddling rules. 

  • You must read ** The ÅEC paddling rules ** which states requirements for whitewater certificate, race preparation, clothing and ability to conduct a "self-rescue."  
  • Whitewater paddling courses.  Check out the 2019 calendar (in Swedish) from kanot.com for information about scheduled courses (including both ÅEC-recommended paddling courses and the ÅEC-required assessment). Because many companies only deliver courses/assessments at the request of customers, it may be worth looking at this list of instructors that can provide the "approved" courses "Grön nivå 2" and asking them when/if they can provide a relevant ÅEC course for you.
  • River Tips. We recommend that all competitors paddle the river section of the course in the week prior to the event in order to experience the river, get a feel for water levels and practice reading the best lines.  Contact the companies listed under training tips. Read about "the course" for a short film of the rapids. 
  • Choose the right kayak! Select a boat that matches your ability — fast and tippy boats are not for everyone!  The ability to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maximizing speed.
  • ** Important message ** The paddling on Lake Åre (ALL CLASSES) can be demanding. Within minutes the weather can change and the lake can become rough -- this has happened several times since 1997 and some competitors have capsized. You must be able to "self-rescue" i.e., get back into your kayak by yourself in open water. You should NOT rely on the race organization's safety boats for help, as we cannot guarantee that these boots will have time to get to you on race day. The responsibility is on the racer to safely complete the paddling. The safety boats only provide back-up services in case of an emergency.  

Paddling - LAKE CLASS

If you choose LAKE CLASS you will only be paddling on flat water. You do not need to provide a certificate proving your paddling skills, however you should have previous paddling experience. 

  • You must read ** The ÅEC paddling rules ** which states requirements for race preparation, clothing and ability to conduct a "self-rescue."  If you have questions after reading the rules above, please email whitewater@areextremechallenge.se.
  • Choose the right kayak! Select a boat that matches your ability — fast and tippy boats are not for everyone!  The ability to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maximizing speed.
  • ** Important message ** The paddling on Lake Åre (ALL CLASSES) can be demanding. Within minutes the weather can change and the lake can become rough -- this has happened several times since 1997 and some competitors have capsized. You must be able to "self-rescue" i.e., get back into your kayak by yourself in open water. You should NOT rely on the race organization's safety boats for help, as we cannot guarantee that these boots will have time to get to you on race day. The responsibility is on the racer to safely complete the paddling. The safety boats only provide back-up services in case of an emergency.  

Running

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. You must be able to read a map and compass in case of bad weather as course markings may not be visible.

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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