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The Norseman 2018
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The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon ranks up there as one of the toughest iron-distance events on the planet. Fourteen years ago, the first Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon carved its own category in international triathlon. Norseman continues to attract triathletes from around the world in the ultimate test of endurance, grit, and friendly competition through some of Norway’s most amazing landscapes.

Here’s your Viking day: swim 2.4 miles in 55 degree water (basically an ice bath), bike 112 mi // 180 km along Norway’s mountains, and run a hellacious marathon with a summit finish. Competitors gain over 15,000 ft // 5,000 m of elevation in the bike + run, and have to manage on their own. That’s because Norseman is an unsupported race. Bring your own stuff and get your family and crew to carry it. Another rule? A buddy must pace with you for the final 3 miles of the run, as the race organizers are gravely concerned that you won’t make it up the peak.

As such brutal organized races go, entry slots are in high demand and based on a competitive lottery system. We’re lucky to have TWO slots up for grabs (1 male / 1 female) for the 2019 race. You’ll need to make your payment in watts, with a Norseman inspired race in Zwift.

Get ready for the Four Horsemen: Total of 55.5 miles // 89.3 km and 6,929 ft // 2,112 m of elevation gain. We’ll climb every major mountain in Watopia. All finishers will unlock the wicked Norseman kit. We’ll do a random drawing of all finishers under 4:00 across all four races in this challenge, where the winner will be at the starting line in Norway 2019.

IS THIS A RACE?

Yes. Be prepared for fast starts and hard racing against the clock. Pace it out, so you’ve got enough gas in the tank for the final alpine climb and make it across the finish line.

PRIZES

Zwifters who finish the course will unlock the Norseman kit, and own the bragging rights forever. Wear it in style and let everyone in Watopia know you survived the route!

All riders who finish under 4 hours will be entered in a random drawing for entry slots to the 2019 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.*

Official Rules

ROUTE

​The Four Horsemen: Total of 55.5 miles // 89.3 km and 6,929 ft // 2,112m of elevation gain.

Need more information, check out The Norseman event FAQs.


ABOUT NORSEMAN

In 2003 the first Norseman Xtreme Triathlon carved its own category in international triathlon. Norseman has remained true to its core ever since, and continues to attract triathletes from around the world to the ultimate test of endurance, grit, sportsmanship and friendly competition through some of Norway's most amazing landscapes. The total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water is cold, clean, and comes lightly salted. The weather can be anything from brilliantly beautiful to blasting blizzard, sometimes all in one day. If you’re really lucky, you may see porpoises, orcas or reindeer. And when you get to the finish line, if it is on Gaustatoppen or Gaustablikk, your hard work and effort will get rewarded.