165 km Jelling to Viborg

Are you up for a century-ride with a fascinating mix of physical challenges, historical sights and attractions and breath-taking scenery at every turn of the pedals? The 165 kilometer route from Jelling to Viborg is Denmarks longest MTB-route.

HÆRVEJSLØBET – The Viking Gran Fondo is a both challenging and unforgettable ride along the natural ridge that was formed through Jutland during the last ice age. Here, an ancient road – Hærvejen – has, over the centuries, helped migrants, pilgrims, merchants and Vikings stay dry as they made their way up through Denmark.

Speaking of Vikings, you should definitely be one yourself to overcome this 165 km MTB-challenge equating to just over a century (100 miles) with fun trails and steep climbs.

The route starts in the historic city of Jelling and then passes through the beautiful landscape with rolling cornfields, beech forests, hills, lakes and idyllic villages.

Your inner Viking will be nurtured along the way. Not least in the start town of Jelling, a stronghold of famous Viking kings in the tenth century. And as you pass within touching distance of King Harald Bluetooth’s famous rune stone, you can almost imagine Viking horns growing out of your cycle helmet.

While the hardships of this demanding gran fondo will definitely put you to the test, the route also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the ride. As many as five places along the way, you roll through one of our feed stations, famous not only for their great food but also for their even better atmosphere.

The finish line of HÆRVEJSLØBET – The Viking Gran Fondo is on the Parade Square in one of Denmark’s oldest and most charming cities, Viborg; close to the city's 150-year-old cathedral.

E-bikes are allowed.

The route

The route isn't technically difficult, but you will experience different types of track such as blue tracks, paths with roots, loose sand and maybe some mud on your way til Viborg.

Most of the route is on gravel roads and paths.

The length of the route can vary approximately 5 percent.

At registration, you inform about your level, which is used to define start times to ensure the riders are spread out on the course.

Discount offer

SAVE 200 DKK on registration fee if you sign up before 1 January 2023.

  • Until 31. December 2022 = 695 DKK + service charge
  • From 1. January until 31. May 2023 = 795 DKK + service charge
  • From 1. June 2023 = 895 DKK + service charge

Service charge: 15,00 DKK + 0,8 % per participant

Please note, there's a limited number of places on this route.

At registration, you pick the start group closest to your level:

  • 1. Slow (beginner, expect to be in the rear part)
  • 2. Not that slow (I can ride a mountainbike, but no need to hurry)
  • 3. Intermediate (good shape and good technique)
  • 4. Fast (rides MTB all the time, very good shape and rides full gas no matter the terrain)

The start times are distributed so that the fast ones start first and the slow ones last.