Need to know & Nice to know

Safety:

The Race Organizations' goal is for ÅEC to be a challenging and safe competition for all participants regardless of their level and experience.  

You can find more information about safety here.

 

Requirement of skills:

To increase safety on the Paddling Section of the Race Course    the Race Organization in cooperation with the Swedish Canoe Association have developed requirement and recommandations 

and the Swedish  För att höja säkerheten på vattendelen av ÅEC har vi tillsammans med Svenska Kantoförbundet tagit fram kunskapskrav och rekommendationer för paddlingsdelen på ÅEC River Class och ÅEC Lake Class.

Enda kunskapskravet för att delta i ÅEC finns i klasserna som paddlar på Indalsälven - ÅEC River Class Elite SOLO och ÅEC River Class Senior SOLO.

Information om utbildningskraven samt rekommendationer hittar du i ÅEC Paddlingsregler som du läser i sin helhet här.

 

ÅEC Race Rules:

ÅEC Race Rules contains important information about:

  • Requirements to the competitors
  • Safety
  • Registration
  • Mandatory Equipment
  • Time Penalty and Disqualification

You will find the complete ÅEC Race Rules here Rules.

 

Insurance:

According to the ÅEC Race Rules, all competitors must have valid insurance. Registration is final and the Race Organization does not refund any entry fees.

ÅEC cooperates with Startklar, which offers insurance in the event of an accident and a refund of the entry fee in the event of an acute illness. Read more about Startklar here.

 

Plan your trip to Åre:

Most participants travel to Åre by car with their own race equipment. Take the train or a plane and hire your kayak and bike here in Åre.

Plan your trip in time and enjoy Åre during the whole Race Week.

 

Traveling to Åre:

  • Car: Approx six hours from Stockholm, one hour from Östersund or two and a half hour from Trondheim.
  • Train: Travel from Stockholm to Åre with SJ. The train stops in the center of Åre and from there it is 12 minutes taxi ride to Copperhill Mountain Lodge (ÅEC Official Race Hotel).
  • Flying: Fly to Åre Östersund airport. Book with SAS or Bra - both fly from Stockholm to Östersund. Train or taxi to Åre takes approx one hour. You can also hire a car at the airport in Östersund.
  • Flying: Fly to Trondheim airport (Vaernes). Book with SAS or Norwegian from Oslo, Copenhagen, or Amsterdam i.e. Train, taxi, or car to Åre takes approx 2 hours. 

 

Accommodation:

Copperhill Mountain Lodge is the official ÅEC Race Hotel and our recommended accommodation during ÅEC Race Week. The hotel is situated with a fantastic view over the Åre Valley and has rooms of a very high standard where the majority are suites where up to eight people can stay together at very reasonable prices. 

Copperhill Mountain Lodge offers in collaboration with ÅEC accommodation at very good prices which you can find here.

Copperhill Mountain Lodge is the center of some of activities during ÅEC Race Week and is located in Åre Björnen with easy access to the ÅEC Race Course. 

 

Renting - Kayak:

  • Kajaksidan offers rental kayaks that are picked up and dropped off in Stockholm. Book here.
  • Mountain Experience near Åre offers rental of sea kayaks. Read more here.

 

Renting - Mountain Bike:

  • Åre Bikes rents out mountain bikes from their store in central Åre. Read more here.
  • Åre Skidsport rents out mountain bikes from their store at Åre Square. Read more here.
  • Åre Guiderna rents out mountain bikes and offers guided tours in the area. Read more here.
  • Vålådalen 25 minutes by car from Åre rents out mountain bikes. Read more here.

 

Logistics:

The geography around the ÅEC Race Course means that some logistics are required before or during Race Day therefore the Race Organisation offers different types of transport and storage. You order transport upon registration at Raceid.com or at the Race Office at Copperhill Mountain Lodge during Race Week. 

Times and prices for transport are shown in the table here.

Of course you and/or your support team can bring the kayak to the start and the bike to the Transition Area in Huså on Race Day. If you choose to leave the kayak and the bike the day before the Race the drop-off places and times are shown in the table above.

 

Kayaking:

The paddling on Lake Åre can in a few minutes be transformed from a calm trip on the lake to what feels like a large sea with huge waves. All participants must be able to perform a self-rescue ie. after a capsize be able to get back into the kayak without external help.

 

Kayaking - River Class:

River Class includes paddling in the Indalsriver and on the Lake Åre and all participants must present a paddling certificate to be allowed to compete.

  • You must read the ÅEC Paddlingsregler which summarize information about paddling certificate, preparations, clothing and requirements to be able to conduct a self-rescue on the water.
  • River-tips. We recommend River Class participants testing the paddling course in the river during Race Week. Several local companies offer guided tours.
  • Choose the right kayak for you! Choose a kayak that is not too rank given your capacity. Being able to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maintaining high speed.

Kayaking - Lake Class

Lake Class includes only paddling on Lake Åre. No paddling certificate required. However, all participants should have previous paddling experience.

  • You must read the ÅEC Paddlingsregler which summarize information about paddling certificate, preparations, clothing and requirements to be able to conduct a self-rescue on the water.
  • Choose the right kayak for you! Choose a kayak that is not too rank given your capacity. Being able to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maintaining high speed.

 

Running

Running the ÅEC Running Course is a fantastically beautiful and wonderful challenge. What is important in the preparations is, besides being a strong all-around runner, to train specifically to run downhill in relatively difficult terrain. 

You must be able to read a map and use your compass in case of low visibility on the mountain.

 

Mountain biking

The mountain bike section runs through very varied terrain and nature. A small part of the course is on tarmac with normal traffic occurs and the general traffic rules apply.

We recommend that all participants familiarize themselves with all or special parts of the biking course during Race Week.

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