Gotland Grand National: “The World’s Biggest Enduro Race” – watch live this weekend
Over 3000 riders have landed on a Swedish Island in the Baltic Sea for the annual epic cross-country enduro race, the Gotland Grand National now in its 39th edition.
Previewing the Gotland Grand National feels a bit like we’re beating a drum you probably already heard playing. It’s the world’s biggest enduro race, with 3300 riders taking part this weekend in an annual, late season, three-hour cross-country race on the island just off the Swedish mainland.
It sure feels busy already on the Thursday here in the paddock as Enduro21 gets a feel for a race which attracts riders from all over the world and has few rivals in status, however you measure it. Epic numbers on track and believe it or not it is sunny this weekend unlike it can (see above image!).
This year the main Pro class race on Saturday has twice former winner Mikael Persson wearing the number one plate alongside former winner Albin Elowson, plus Eero Remes, Albin Norrbin, and Max Ahlin – to name a handful of riders you might want to look out for in the live TV feed.
GGN fast race facts:
- The 39th edition of the Gotland Grand National will see 3300 riders in almost 20 classes from kids to old guys (there’s a 60+ class), including 200 women
- The event is spread across three days, kicking-off on the Thursday with a three-hour e-mtb race
- The race runs on military training ground right next to the sea, running a 22km lap which takes around 25-minutes for the best riders
- It surely can be the kind of race where you need to ride with your hands on the exhaust to keep warm but not this year. Warm, dry weather had made the sandy dirt primo but the many limestone rocks can be worse when dry the locals tell us (we don’t believe it!)
- Gotland stands along with other epic annual Scandinavian enduros at Stangebroslaget, Raaneslett and Novemberkasen, the legendary brutal race where riders complete 14 tests over 300 kilometres (for at least 7.5 hours) in classic Swedish forests
“The World’s biggest enduro” is quite a claim but what else is out there comparable in numbers? Erzberg or Le Touquet beach race? You could more accurately compare it to the Isle of Man TT due to the sheer volume of riders and humans coming to an island. The impact on the local economy is millions. More than that, the atmosphere is familiar and friendly, no matter what language you speak.
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