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Skate from Denmark to Sweden

18K Across a New Bridge

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Join the largest inline event in the world
June 10, 2000 - up to 25,000 skaters!

Dateline: March 20, 2000
June 2000 Update
Photos of the Event


The Oresund Fixed Link Bridge
Web Cam

Join thousands of people, from Scandinavia and the rest of the world, for this once-in-a-lifetime historic event. This Summer, Sweden will be connected to the rest of Europe for the first time since the ice age. A new bridge, called the Oresund Fixed Link will make it possible, for the first time, to drive between Sweden and the rest of Europe. The bridge runs between Malmo in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark, and it will be opened to automobile traffic in July of 2000.

To celebrate this historic event, there will be a four day festival from June 9 through June 12 in Malmo and Copenhagen, with music and dancing and races across the bridge. On June 10th, there will be an inline skating event that is being billed as "the largest inline race in the world", with a maximum limit of 25,000 skaters. This will be your only opportunity to skate on this bridge, because no skaters will be permitted after it opens to automobile traffic in July. IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though this will be a race for professional and amateur speed skaters, it is more of a celebration than a race. Most of the participants will be recreational skaters who consider the event a Fun Roll and a big party.

The Race

The Oresund Link Inline Skating Race is being produced by:

THE ROUTE AND DISTANCE:

The race will start in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the entrance to the longest drive-through underwater tunnel in the world, and the finish line will be in Malmo, Sweden. The distance is approximately 18 km or 11 miles:

  • 4 km through an underwater tunnel,
  • 4 km over Pepparholmen (a man-made island)
  • 8 km over the bridge, at 70 meters above sea level.
  • 2 km in Copenhagen and Malmo

STARTING TIME: Up to 25,000 skaters will be allowed to register, and since they will not all fit on the bridge at once, starting times will be staggered. It will be an evening race, and the first starting time will be at 6:00 p.m. After that, skaters will start continually until 10 p.m. (the professional and elite speed skaters will all start at 6:00 p.m.). Every participant will have to cross the finish line before 11 p.m.

STARTING WITH A FRIEND: If you would like to start at the same time as a companion you must pay both of your fees at the same time. Please note that you will not be guaranteed a particular starting time, or that you and your friend will be assigned the same starting time.

REGISTRATION FEES: The starting fee for the race is 375 Swedish kroner or 340 Danish kroner, which was about $44 American dollars in March of 2000. About 15% of this money will go to the Red Cross. Note that no registration fees will be returned, even if the weather is poor (the race will be held in any weather conditions).

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration information is on the BroRullet Information Page, in the How Do I Register section. You will be asked to register on-line, and follow up with a payment made as a wire transfer from your bank to a Swedish bank. You can also register and pay for the race at the Danish ticketing Web site, BilletNet. For more information about race registration, telephone Broløbet at +45 35 26 69 00.

SAFETY Traffic will be blocked from the start and finish areas, and all participants will be required to wear a helmet. Other protective gear is highly recommended.

THE SKATING SURFACE: The surface of the bridge is rather rough asphalt. This will cause some rolling resistance for skaters, so they will not gain great speed on the downhills.

SKATING IN THE TUNNEL: There are many lights in the tunnel, and there is no problem with oxygen.

SKATING ON THE BRIDGE: The bridge is 8 km long and the highest point is in the middle of the bridge. The bridge will be lit because the race is held in the evening. The rise to the top is not steep but it is long. When at the top you will be 70 m above sea level with a wonderful view.

The Bridge:

The Oresund Fixed Link Bridge will open to traffic on July 1, 2000, approximately nine years after the Danish and Swedish governments first agreed to construct the link. This opening is considered a major event in Europe, because it connects the Scandinavian peninsula to the European continent for the first time in 7,000 years. This physical connection will allow Scandinavia and Europe to cooperate more fully in many areas including education, research, culture, and economy.

The opening of this link will also create the Oresund Region, an economic area jointly established by Sweden and Denmark, that will include among its specialties, biotechnology, medical devices, telecom, and electronics. The Oresund Region is also known as the Medicon Valley, because some people believe this area will become as important to medical research and production, as the Silicon Valley is to the semiconductor industry.

The bridge is the result of 46 months of construction which started in October of 1995 with dredging to make room for the underwater tunnel, and formation of the artificial island of Peberholm. In December 1996, the first segment of the immersed tunnel was cast in Copenhagen Harbour and in July 1997, the first bridge pier was put into position south of Malmo.

You can see some interesting photos of the bridge, in various phases of construction, at BridgePhoto.dk (click on the PLUS sign next to "Oresund Fixed Link" on the left side of the page).

Festival Events

DATE DAY EVENT DANISH
SITES
SWEDISH
SITES
June 09 FRI BICYCLE
RACE
DCU BroCyklingen


(9 am - 7 pm)
34 km


June 10 SAT FAMILY
DAY #1
Red Cross
(English
)



(9 am - 4 pm)

(German)



SKATING
RACE
Broløbet BroRullet
(English
)


(6 pm-11 pm)
18 km

(Danish)
June 11 SUN BICYCLE
FUN ROLL
DCU BroCyklingen


34 km
(4 am - 6 am)




FAMILY
DAY #2
Red Cross
(English
)



9 am-7 pm

(German)
June 12 MON RUNNING
RACE
Sparta
(English
)
Broloppet


(9 am - 8 pm)
21.1 km
(German)

Links

KEY TO WEB SITE LANGUAGES
E = English D = Danish G = German S = Swedish

SKATING
Brorullet (Swedish page) - E/D/S
Brorullet (Danish page) - D
Broløbet år 2000 (VRK page) - D
Rulleskøjteløb (Danish Red Cross page) - D
BICYCLING
Danish Cycling Union (Danish page) - D
BroCyklingen (Swedish page) - S
Cyklernes dag (Danish Red Cross page) - D
RUNNING
Sparta (Danish page) - D/E/G
Broloppet (Swedish Page) - S
Løbernes dag (Danish Red Cross page) - D
WALKING (FAMILY DAYS)
Familiernes dage (Danish Red Cross page) - D
FESTIVAL
BilletNet (Danish page) register/pay online - D
Malmo Events (Swedish Red Cross page) - S
Parking (Danish Red Cross page) - D
ORGANIZERS
Danish Red Cross - D
Swedish Red Cross - S
Danish Roller Skating Association - D
Swedish Skating Association - S
BRIDGE
BridgePhoto.dk construction photos - E
Oresund Link Web Cam - S
Oresund Consortium - D/E/S
ORESUND REGION
Copenhagen - E
Malmo - S/E/G
Oresund Region - E
Oresund Committee - D
Oresund Consortium - D/E/S
Swedish Exhibition Centre - E/S
CONVERSION
Currency Converter - E
Metric Converter - E


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