Good morning, O-Ringen! Welcome to the most demanding stage ...
... are Övik’s born, and proud. They are built in Gullänget and they are tested in the fields northwest of Backsjö. Klassiska BV 206 "ambulance version" is an important part O-Ringen’s first aid team. Perhaps you'll see one on your course today!
Seems to be the same as yesterday, with a temperature of the afternoon at 28 degrees. Thank goodness, there will still be breeze.
WATER WARNING BEFORE STARTING
Many were out in the heat on Wednesday. Drink more in the morning than you feel you need right now.
NOTE! The last water service before all starts to the south is after only 700 meters. Please bring your own water bottle to start, it can be filled up at the finish. There are 14 water stations in the terrain.
NOTE! Also there are long distances and steep climbs to several of the starts. Be sure to get there on time.
On the Backsjö stage, the first aid tent is close to the finish, so it's easy to get there for anyone who needs it. We urge you to use this first aid tent as a priority, instead of visiting other health centers.
On Wednesday, the nurses took care of about 90 people in the forest and at the finish. A handful were taken to the hospital urgently for fractures and eye damage.
ELITE DRAMA FOR THE CHASING START ...
Elites are back in the O-Ringen forest today. The Swedes are in a position:
– In W21 Elite has Finn Anna Närhi (who competes for IFK Göteborg) one minute and 27 seconds over Swiss Simone Niggli.
– In M21 Elite, the Norwegian Magne Daehli has a one minute and 41 second lead over Russian Leonid Novikov (who competes for the Hiidenkiertäjät Northwest Helsinki club).
Will the race go right down to the final stage?
Do you want to be very cheerful?
At 19.30, the well-known water-skiing artist group Käglorna will run a show at their clubhouse in Svedjeholmen, in Veckefjärden. The show is free and coffee is available to buy. Walking distance from the O-Ringen camping. Address: Kägelvägen 9, Svedjeholmen.
FACTS FOR THURSDAY
Stage Name: Hägglunds Stage.
• Location: Backsjö seven kilometers northwest of Örnsköldsvik (same as Wednesday).
• First start: 08:30.
• Opening: At 8.30.
• Getting there? Cycle your bike to the bus square at Övik's port, or Solänget where buses leave. For motorists: The satellite car park next to Soläng's racetrack is the best option. There are over 3,000 P-places. From here there are buses to the arena.
Signs are from E 4.
• Want to run but not entered? No problem! You can register at the venue in the arena. You do not have to be a member of any club.
• Just spectating? No problem! Just stick close to the finish.
• Food? Coffee? Both are available to buy on site at the arena.
• Do not forget the “Miniknat”. ALL children are welcome to participate.
• Listen to O-ringen radio! Tune in to FM 102.1 MHz. The broadcasts begin at 6.30 every morning during the week and lasts until 21.00.
• Mountainbike competition, Mtb-O: Arena Skyttis, starting at 10.00.
• PreO will be held in Järved, starting at 13.00.
• 14.00: Bagheera maze opens. Rush out and find your way out of the maze at O-Ringen Square.
• 15-21: "Ungdomshuset" Sliperiet, right next to O-Ringen square. Lots of fun things to do and chill out in a cozy setting. Sports & Culture.
• At 17.30: Entertainment from the stage at the O-Ringen square at the Fjällräven Center.
• 18.00: Award ceremony for the fourth stage at O-Ringen square.