Danish Cargo Bike Champs kick off a week of top class bike racing in Copenhagen

Home grown bike racing sets the scene for Cav & co at the UCI Road World Champs

by Tony Farrelly   September 14, 2011  

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The UCI Road World Chamionships isn't the only elite cycling event in Copenhagen next week - before the likes of Mark Cavendish and Fabian Cancellara do their thing some homegrown talent will do battle for the Danish Cargo Bike Championships or Svajerløbet as they're known over there.

In recent years Copenhagen has seen a dramatic resurgence in the numbers of bike messenger- Svajere* - piloted cargo bikes on its streets prior to the rise of the car Copenhagen was famous for the numbers of such machines deliverying goods and plying their trade on its streets and with Copenhagen's emergence as one of the world's great cycling cities they're back and so is cargo bike racing.

“We have revived an old Copenhagen tradition, not least because cargo bikes and their users - svajere - once again dominate the urban landscape in Copenhagen. Denmark boasts a dozen brands of cargo bike producers and while people in other countries wash their SUVs, Copenhageners are content with their cargo bikes. We have calculated that there are more than 35,000 cargo bikes in the city and 25% of all families with two or more children have one”, says Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Consulting - one of the primary forces behind Svajerløbet.

The cargo bike championships have been running for a number of years and this year the Mayor of Copenhagen will fire the starting pistol for the first race at noon on Saturday (17th), it takes place in the grounds of the Carlsberg brewery, there will be races and activities for riders of all ages, and to get everyone in the mood for both the Svajerløbet and the UCI world champs there will be U-11 to U-17 road racing over the Carlsberg cobbles.

The cargo bikes will race over a 700m route which includes cobbled sections and some inclines each will carry a load of car tyres and bundles of newspapers – it's tradidtional apparently.

If you find yourself, and your cargo bike in Copenhagen on Saturday and fancy some racing action you can register at www.dmforladcykler.dk

The UCI Road World Championships take place in Copenhagen from 19-25 of September.

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Anyone care to sponsor me with Brompton and Trailer next year? Proven system for GVW up to 250Kg towing at 15-20mph?

Given Growing UK appearance of Circe's, 8freight's, Bullitts' (the hot favourites for CPH winners), Fr8's, Yuba's, Lorri's and Cyclus Maximus, when will we see a UK contest? Blenheim Bike fest maybe?

oops sorry Andrea and Christiania's the choice of Zero for their London delivery services.

Sponsor option might replicate a race we ran back in 1970's - Bradford-London with a firkin (size) barrel of beer, sponsored by brewery, won by team riding a motorbike with barrel on rear carrier. Modern version would probably won by team with Brompton on train, or co-ordinated Bullitt-train/plane-Bullitt. Anyone care to help put this together?

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [470 posts]
14th September 2011 - 8:44

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Great idea, nuts but great.

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
14th September 2011 - 21:08

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Devil I love it

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
15th September 2011 - 3:57

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