CYCLISTS FOLLOW THE RING ROAD (ROUTE 1) WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS
WOW Cyclothon is a relay race around Iceland, 1,358 km on Iceland’s Ring Road. There are five exceptions on the route:
The race start at Egilshöll where the route goes onto Vesturlands vegur (Road nr. 1), continues on Þingvallavegur (#36) and passes Kjósaskarðsvegur (#48) before entering Hvalfjörður. Please note Kjósarskarðsvegur includes 8,5 km gravel section.
Shortly before reaching Lake Myvatn in North Iceland cyclists cross the bridge over Laxá River and ride north of the lake (Route 1). Soon after they make a right turn to Reykjahlid municipality and then they turn left towards Egilsstaðir. Cyclists can not ride the more popular rout 848 by Lake Myvatn.
All cyclists must go through Öxi mountain road (Route 939) and not Breiðdalsheiði (Route 1). This means all teams must have a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike to pass the 29 km gravel section.
After passing through the town of Selfoss cyclists turn south onto route 34 and pass by Eyrarbakki and onto Suðurstrandavegur Road (Route 427) and then onto Krýsuvíkurvegur Road (Route 42) through Krýsuvík and to the finish line which will be located on Hvaleyrarvatnsvegur Road.
Please note that during the last 20 km of the race no rider exchanges are permitted, both dropping riders from the car and picking up riders.
Part of Routes 48, 42 and 939 are unpaved and teams must decide whether to put out a mountain bike / Cyclocross or if their racer can handle the gravel.
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