WOW Cyclothon is the largest in number and the longest road race in Iceland. Held annually in June since 2012, WOW Cyclothon takes riders 1358 km around Iceland in a maximum of 72 hours. Nothing will hold back the teams and individuals which will ride relentlessly until reaching the finish line.
The race presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a journey full of firsts and to experience something fresh and different. WOW Cyclothon combines magnificent nature, unity, persistence and teamwork in an amazing way.
Last but not least this is not just a race to the finish line but also a large fundraising event for a charity selected by WOW Cyclothon each year. Each team collects pledges in an effort to outdo the other teams and winning the pledge award.
In the A category teams each team has a minimum of 2 cyclists and a maximum of 4. In addition each team has 2 designated drivers/assistants. Drivers are not allowed to cycle for their team and cyclists can not drive the team vehicle as the roles within the teams are fixed.
All teams in the A category must travel together in one team vehicle, most commonly the teams use caravans that fit the size of the team. Please note that the vehicle used must be large enough to carry all team members according to Icelandic traffic laws.
In the A category there are three subcategories; All men, all women or mixed. All teams who plan on receiving a place at the finish line and be eligible for awards must fulfil the requirements set for their chosen subcategory. Before the start of the race all teams must select their subcategory. Please note that WOW Cyclothon will not automatically select a subcategory for teams and all teams are responsible for their correct registration into the subcategories.
The A category start is a group start and for the first leg of the race cyclists must pedal behind a safety car that controls the speed of the race. After that cyclists control the speed. A category cyclists can work together to break wind but cannot work with cyclists in the B category or solo riders.
The B category has been the most popular category in WOW Cyclothon over the past few years. Teams in this category have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 team members who all can take turns riding and driving the team vehicle/vehicles as the team sees fit.
Included in every team’s registration is 1 support vehicle. Teams can use two support vehicles on the road with exceptions such as during the first and last legs of the race where only 1 support vehicle is allowed. If a team plans to use two support vehicles they need to register the second vehicle on the registration page.
In the B category there are three subcategories; All men, all women or mixed. All teams who plan on receiving a place at the finish line and be eligible for awards must fulfill the requirements set for their chosen subcategory. Before the start of the race all teams must select their subcategory. Please note that WOW Cyclothon will not automatically select a subcategory for teams and all teams are responsible for their correct registration into the subcategories.
The B category start is a group start and for the first leg of the race cyclists must pedal behind a safety car that controls the speed of the race. After that cyclists control the speed. B category cyclists can work together to break wind but cannot work with cyclists in the A category or solo riders.
In the Solo category only one cyclists rides the whole distance of the race. This is the only category that isn’t a relay race and this category has not change overs. Please read the rules for the Solo category thoroughly. Cyclists in the Solo category are not allowed work with other cyclists on the road to break wind.
Hjólakraftur (e. Cycling Power) is a special race category designed for the youngest participants. Hjólakraftur is a unique health project aimed at empowering children and teenagers toward activity by cycling. Hjólakraftur has formed groups around the country, spreading the gospel of cycling to young people. Each year they bring a number of teams to WOW Cyclothon. If you are interested in Hjólakraftur‘s work or want to help them out in any way, please contact Þorvaldur Daníelsson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams in the A, B and Hjólakraftur categories can change cyclists as they see fit unless otherwise stated by the rules or other restrictions apply.
Most teams choose to have only one team member cycling at a time but teams can put out more cyclists at any time if they choose.
All teams are required to make these rider exchanges as safely as possible, for their own team, for other participants and for the general public using the Ring Road during the race.
All teams must make sure that their rider exchanges are done according to the rules. For a cyclist to be considered legally on the track his/her front tire must have reached in front of the front tire of his/her team mate.