VÅRRUNDAN 2012 - "Spring Thaw Rally": Saturday 31st March, Olofström (south) SWEDEN

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  1. troy safari carpente

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    Saturday 31st March. The "Back in Blekinge" Tour
    Halens Camping / Conference and Restaurant in Olofström.


    Each year since 2005 Swedish.Moto-Safaris host the traditional Swedish road book rally premiere;
    VÅRRUNDAN 2012 will be held in Olofström, (Blekinge region) on Saturday 31st March 2012 ...
    (the first weekend after we turn our clocks over the summer, and one weekend before Easter). <o:p></o:p>
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    Olofström is approximately two hours driving time from the southern Swedish port cities of either
    Trelleborg or Helsingborg, and 1 hour 45 minutes from Malmö/the Öresund bridge (if driving via Denmark).

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    For more information about the "Spring Thaw Rally", go to the VÅRRUNDAN 2012 thread in the VENDORS forum; :deal

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=759328

    There you will find info. on the event schedule, accomodation, booking and entry procedures/links etc.

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  2. troy safari carpente

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    [​IMG] What is VÅRRUNDAN...?
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    while my good friend Ola and I were out riding around some of our favorite forest trails and gravel roads in southern Sweden.
    We did not know it then, but the storm we were out in the middle of, would later become known by a little more well-known name...
    hurricane Gudrun. :huh


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    It was the case that Ola and I had met at another event – the Valhalla Rally -
    a few months earlier (November 2004). We became regular riding buddies as a result.


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    During our various outings together, we started thinking about whether it might be fun to fix a similar road book / navigation event ourselves?
    Together we knew a lot of roads and terrain in the region, and had some contact with local authorities and landowners.
    Given the fact that we live in Sweden's equivalent of Florida (where summer shows up at least two months earlier than the more northern landscapes in Sweden),
    we arrived at the conclusion it would be a good bet to arrange an event that takes place early in the spring and kick start the off-road motorcycle riding season!


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    VÅRRUNDAN! :D

    So together Ola and I put together a 250 km route in the north western region of Skåne
    that would take place the first weekend after Sweden sets its clock over to "summer time"...
    and in April of 2005 we conducted the first Vårrundan.

    It was instant success; around the 55 offroad/rally fanatics joined in and rode that first innaugural event.
    We finished the day with an open air chilé con carne feast by a lake in the rural Swedish countryside.


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    For 2006, we expanded the concept to include overnight accommodation ...
    With so many participants who came from farther away (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Denmark, etc.)
    and over the next couple of years, this simple roadbook evet, evolved into an annual "happening".


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    In that context we founded Swedish.Moto-Safaris to handle the economic aspects of arranging such an event.
    Vårrundan and a couple of other rides we had arranged had proved very popular,
    so that it was no longer possible to manage the money issue out of our own wallets.


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    During 2006/2007/2008 Ola and I participated in many social events with the SOE.se, Tenere.dk,
    fraggel.se and adventureriders.se members and enthusiasts. We also arranged a number of events,
    where these groups rode with us...
    Vårrundan, Coast 2 Coast, DDU Challenge, and of course Dirty Long Weekend ....


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    In 2008 came another face to S.M-S.se ... Mr. Green. Markus was a participant on DLW in 2006
    and had been instrumental in the planning of Vårrundan 2007 (his home town of Gnosjö, Sweden).
    Markus was also a key member of the planning committee for Destination Down Under Challenge in 2007,
    which was a huge project with many people involved;

    Rally Princess Annie Seel, adventureMike Badini, yours truly, 200cm Ola and “Öken” Olle O.


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    Following the results of DDU, Markus rode as a member of the Swedish team at the 2008 TUAREG Rallye in Morocco,
    along with Carl Hagenblad, Ronnie Bodinger, and Danne Sawano.
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    Since then (2009), we have managed SM-S.se together and conducted a number of events;
    Vårrundan 2009, 2010, 2011 and DLW 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.


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    VÅRRUNDAN. Sweden’s annual roadbook premiar & off road motorcycle "happening".

    Over the years, the camaraderie and "atmosphere" surrounding Vårrundan has become a big part of the experience.
    An opportunity to catch up with old riding buddies from previous years and stretch the old bones before the new season gets under way for real.
    The reasons to participate are many.


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    Similarly, we have tried to make VÅRRUNDAN something little more than the average ordinary group ride.
    It’s not just a fun roadbook run, with good friends, comfortable accommodation and fine food ...
    Some years we have hosted returned desert heroes from the DAKAR and TUAREG Rallies who have participated
    and shared their experiences with us. We have been the guest of motorcycle dealers who have put on “open house”
    and test rides of new model offroad bikes during the day. More recently, we have arranged offroad special test areas,
    where people can "spice up" the day’s riding a little bit, with some enduro and motocross/grass stages.


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    For VÅRRUNDAN 2012, we will continue in the same spirit, and we have some surprises up our sleeves,
    to make this year's edition a bit special in it’s own way too!


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    In 2012 we also welcome more superficial a new face to the SM-S.se family ... namely my beloved Carin.
    Not really a "new face"... those of you who have been to S.M-S.se events before will surely remember her
    lovely laughter and smiles from the previous Vårrundan events; 2009 Ljungbyhed, 2010 & 2011 in Hässleholm.


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    But from 2011 on Carin has jumped in and is now a little more “hands on” with the "everyday" functions needed
    to put Vårrundan and other events Swedish.Moto-Safaris.se plans in the future together.

    Both Ola and Markus are still in the wings ... always welcome, always an important part of the SM-S.se "family"...
    just like my daughters Amy & Melissa and their lil’ brother Camron, and including Carin's daughters Elin and Johanna...
    ALL of whom are on hand at different occasions and help us make these fun weekends happen.


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    It is in many respects, a "family" activity.


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    Hope to see many old friends and new alike, at VÅRRUNDAN 2012.


    regards,


    TSC and the crew...


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  3. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    I'm in - if there's room for a Norwegian gravel-whacko :D

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    Dazed Productions Been here awhile

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    Looks good but can't get time off at that time of the year. Hoping you are going to run DLW again this year and do that instead! Any idea when you will publish dates for that?
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  7. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    We usually run it, late sept to mid october... set a date in june.
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  8. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    On the weekend, Carin and I were up in Blekinge to do some preliminary planning and co-ordination of Vårrundan
    together with the folks at the Conference Center where we will stay, and document the route for the roadbook...

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    Winter is all over the place at the moment (though the sunshine made an appearance on Sunday afternoon)...
    but by the end of March... spring will be in the air! :D

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    Out in the wood's we put together a combination of gravel and forest roads that were so very picturesque
    and varied... :deal

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    Carin commented that; "it is the best roads"
    that she had seen of the four Vårrundan tours she has followed...:deal

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    [​IMG] last week till entries close...!


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    Come on up to Southern Sweden the 30th/31st of march and enjoy a great 260 km of social trailriding (roadbook route)
    amongst some of Blekinges finest lakes and pineforests! :D

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    Special test/offroad riding area

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    Fantastic gravel and forestry roads...

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    and heaps of friendly new riding companions :deal

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    fantastic accomodation/restaurant and event HQ at picturesque lakeside setting; :deal

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    CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS/ENTRIES :deal
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  12. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Just got back from a weekend of doing the final roadbook survey for Vårrundan... :D :deal

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    Another of our ADV (Swedish) forum inmates, and proud DR 650 owner - Martin - has been busy over the winter months giving his old faithfull a rebuild and makeover. Martin has entered Vårrundan 2012 (what will be his first roadbook rally) and over the weekend put the finishing touches on his gem and fired her up for the first time! :clap Lookin' good! :deal

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    Sent in my application for Vårrundan a.k.a Spring Thaw Rally in March. It's the first road book rally for the year and I'm really looking forward to it. See info here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=759328

    Can't wait to get back on the saddle! :clap

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    Isn't it just awesome now or what?!

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    The DR has come up a treat Martin... :thumb Toss a manual roadbook holder onto the bars cross brace and silicone a little magnifying glass over the tripmeter on the original instrumentation (make the digits larger/easier to read) and your ready to roll! :clap

    There is still time to get in on the fun (VÅRRUNDAN) so check out the thread in "vendors" :deal
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18147908&postcount=14 if you want to join... :D
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    Vårrundan 2012 confirmed entries: :deal
    Updated list - as of the 5th of March
    Entered: 46 riders.

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    ENTRIES CLOSED 10th March
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    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    Startlist - Vårrundan 2012 :D
    at close of entries - till 10th mars
    57 riders. :clap

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    David P HUSABERG FE 570
    Hellracer HUSABERG FE 450
    Danne 123 KTM 950 SE
    BigDick64 KLX 650
    Stefan C KTM 640 ADV
    Tuborg HONDA XR 650R
    Konfucious BMW G650X
    ctbr KTM 990 ADV
    Lämmeln KTM 690 R
    geik KTM 400 EXC
    Trebor KTM 625 SXC
    Jens S KTM 950 SE
    Svart KTM 450 EXC
    690RR Norge KTM 690 Rallye
    Duddan KTM 950 SE
    Relocx KTM 525 EXC
    Imperius KTM 525 EXC
    Tombestone KTM 300 EXC
    Marlboro Man BMW 650 GS
    Xman XTZ 660 Tenere
    Tore KTM 990 ADV
    ATHolst HONDA XRV 650
    The Wanderer KTM 690
    Zeb Macahan KTM 690
    Mr Ranger YAMAHA TT600R
    Borsiin Sr KTM 450 EXC
    Jocke RR YAM WR 450F
    Dino KTM 640
    Chrille-L KTM 640 Adv
    Putte O YAMAHA XTZ 750
    Lalle BMW GS 1200
    Alvinmotor YAMAHA XT 400
    Tolan KTM 690
    Sway SUZUKI DRZ 400
    Musicman BMW 450
    Lasso BMW F650GS Dakar
    The Bunny KTM 525 EXC
    Fistequist Honda XR650R
    Biffalo Bull Suzuki DR600S
    MartinP Suzuki DR650
    SÅJ Kawasaki KLX 450
    Gurra KTM 990 ADV R
    Hiis KTM 690 E
    nictor BMW F650GS Dakar
    OVES MOTOR Ted
    OVES MOTOR Uffe
    Mudface Husa
    Hagenblad KTM
    Sicarius Honda XRV750
    Jonas G Hva TE450
    Max Honda XR650
    XT Claes Yamaha XT660RR
    Jonatan KTM 500 Sixdays
    Rickard C KTM 525
    SUNE Honda XR650R
    Peter D Honda Africa Twin
    zaik KTM 450 sixdays

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    Volunteers: :clap

    Troy
    Carin
    Melissa
    Camron
    Mekano-son

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  16. GSDane

    GSDane Ride like a girl

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    Go'day Troy.

    Sounds like you're all up for a great ride... :wink:
    I wasn't able to convince the Chix to come out for a Scandinavian in the Stix-ride this time - and for myself... well, I won't be there either but looking forward to hopefully catching up this year :wave

    Cheers, GSDane.
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    Hi "D" :wave

    A shame you could not make it for the "Spring Thaw" ride... we have some great roads and trails laid out in the Blekinge region this year, for those that do come... Hopefully we catch up sometime in the coming months, if you find yourself in the southern provinces of Sweden! :D


    As far as VÅRRUNDAN itself goes... all the rooms are booked, the caterer has got the chow organised, roadbooks are printed, the beers in the fridge chilling, sun is shining (has been 15 to 18 degrees C all week) and all that is left is for me to tape and arrow the two special tests today... :D


    Then it's time for (more) of this; :deal

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  18. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    Must cancel my participation due to bad temperatures forecast and no motivation to ride home on Sunday in minus temps and precipitation. 8 hours back and forth requires decent temps. Without heated grips and donning a pair of non-waterproof motocross boots even the Klim Gore-tex socks won't keep me warm enough to enjoy an 8-hour highway ride to/from Blekinge. I cannot bring myself to hook up the Gerbing heated socks and -vest on a Rally-bike :evil

    Just keep the entry fee as sponsorship for a good purpose. And enjoy the ride, folks. I simply wait for warmer days before doing + 3 hours riding on the RR. Thanks for the opportunity anyway :1drink:freaky
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  19. troy safari carpente

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    Well Eskil... all i can say is you were missed... and you don't know WHAT you missed...:D it was a great weekend;:clap fabulous roads in prime condition, some great trails and special tests (two of them) and 60 great blokes to ride with... okay, it was a "bit" cold on the day (between 0 and +3 degrees) but the roads were dry, the smiles were broad and the coffee at the energy break in the woods was warm and appreciated by all! :lol3'

    While I work on the 200 plus photo's to sort through and a report... here are a few compliation videos I found on the youtube from the 2010 and 2011 Vårrundan Spring Thaw Ride's to wet the appetite... as well as a little snippet from part of the 2012 route... :deal


    2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3OZHFptDWI&feature=related

    2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGE1XrMN6nU&feature=related

    2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaLYj2c29CU&feature=youtu.be


    back in a bit with more from Vårrundan 2012...
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  20. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    I sure know what I missed - an excellent event :deal
    But consider me ready for Swedish Dirt Action activity in a couple of weeks when the polar cold has evaporated up here. We've been having down to minus 5 C "up here in the wilderness" and I even had to cancel Alternative B - a shorter trip to Strömstad this weekend. No big deal, but weather is a factor yet. Just gotta roll with it :D
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