Vasaloppet – The Third Grand Classics Event Season XIV
Ski Classics continues with Vasaloppet on Sunday, March 5. The 90-kilometer classic race marks the eleventh stage, the third Grand Classics event of Season XIV, and 101 years of history in 2023.
The 90-kilometer main race on the first Sunday of March is the oldest and most prestigious event in Ski Classics. With thousands of participants standing together at the same start area, this long-distance mass start race is the one that every Pro Tour athlete dream about winning.
On Vasaloppet women’s side, the Norwegian Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Koteng Eidissen, won the race after a winning streak of Swedish Pro Tour athletes since 2017. On the other hand, the Norwegian men have been dominating the race for ten consecutive editions. Can next season someone else stop the trend?
Importance and Traditions
Vasaloppet is not just the biggest ski race in the world, it’s also one of the most significant sports events globally. The brand has evolved into an institution with several events and activities in its annual summer and winter weeks.
Since 1922, over 1.7 million participants have crossed the Vasaloppet’s finish line portal. The saga of the race goes back to 1520, depicting the tale of Gustav Eriksson Vasa, who rebelled against Denmark and eventually became the first King of free Sweden, with the 2023 Vasaloppet edition marking the 500th anniversary since the crowning of the King.
Starting in Sälen, known for its popular alpine ski resorts, and heading to Mora, world-famous as the finish location, Vasaloppet traditions and importance are not only within Sweden. People from around the World take part in the event each year and spread the long-distance skiing vibes across the globe.
With good cooperation over the years, Vasaloppet and Ski Classics keep developing together, bringing a century of traditions and culture since 1922 and recreating that in a modern way.
Registrations for Vasaloppet are still available and can be accessed here.
Ski Classics Pro Tour Season XIV (2022/2023)
Event 1: December 10, 2022 – Bad Gastein PTT, Bad Gastein, Austria, 15km
Event 2: December 11, 2022 – Bad Gastein Criterium, Bad Gastein, Austria, 35km
Event 3: December 17, 2022 – La Venosta Criterium, Val Venosta, Italy, 40km