Along lakes and canals, over sticks and stone, through meadows and into the forests. Dalsland X-Country (DXC) is a challenging mountain bike race in varied scenery with over 700 participants each year.
Regardless what track you choose, you will be able to enjoy stunning nature with many beautiful lakes. The start and finish line is located in Bengtsfors – 60 kilometers east of Halden, about 170 kilometers from Oslo and 180 kilometers north of Gothenburg.
The different tracks
The long track (57 km)
The short track (35 km)
”Ärtingen runt” (30 km)
The short track is approximately 35 kilometers. This track is intended for people that are not used to cycle in the forest, but want a challenge. The track mostly consists of gravel and asphalt roads, but there are also shorter sections on trails.
The long track is approximately 57 kilometers. This track offers a real challenge with fast downhills, several tough uphills and lots of technical parts. The track is difficult enough to distinguish the best from the second best, but athletes can also participate in this race.
Camp Dalsland has also introduced the race “Ärtingen runt”, where all types of bikes are welcome, with or without electrical assistance. However, electric bikes must be approved by Swedish law. Read more about the requirements for your bike here.
The track is 30 kilometers and it mostly consists of gravel and asphalt roads. The track runs around the lake Ärtingen and it starts 30 minutes after the short track in Dalsland X-Country starts. “Ärtingen runt” is an exercise race and therefore no winner is announced.
It is also possible for kids to compete in Dalsland X-Country. The class is called Mini-DXC and it starts at 11:10. The distance is 1,7 kilometers for the older children and about 1 kilometer for the youngest.
You can register at the starting area at Bengtsfors Gymnastiklubb Gymmix. It’s free to attend and during the start of Mini-DXC, the kids are divided into three age categories:
Class 1: Children over 8 years
Class 2: Children from 5 to 8 years
Class 3: Children under 5 years
Bring a bike, helmet and protective clothes. We willl start after the adult classes. At the same track, with the same start and finish line. As a parent you are welcome to cycle together with your child.