26 August 2012

Svajerløb 2012 - Danish Cargo Bike Championships

Svajerløb 2012_2
Last Saturday was this year's Svajerløb - Danish Cargo Bike Championships here in Copenhagen. The races were run at Carlsberg, like last year and it was fantastic day. Above are all the participants at the end of the day.
Svajerløb 2012 - Hans from Larry vs Harry
Hans, from Larry vs Harry, started the proceedings by welcoming everyone and then yours truly took over the mic as announcer.
Svajerløb 2012 - Italians
One of the best things about this year's races was that we had so many people from abroad who made the trip to participate. Above is Francesco, who brought two of his Bicicapace bikes and his his family and he took part in the Individual Two-Wheeler race and the Team Relay.

There was also a wider selection of bike brands participating. Batak was there again this year and there were Omniums, Longjohns, Shortjohns, you name it.


Svajerløb 2012 - Specator Svajerløb 2012 -Spectator
Our kids were the best spectators, of course. Don't let these quiet moments fool you.


Svajerløb 2012 - Team Relay Medallists
Here are the medallists of the Team Relay. Team Bullitt confidently defended their gold medal from 2011.
Svajerløb 2012 - Two Wheeler Champions
There was drama in the Individual Two-Wheeled discipline this year. The race went right to the wire. Jumbo from By-Expressen - a Copenhagen messenger company - took the honours on the top podium this year, dethroning the otherwise untouchable Claus Bullit (behind the beer bottle at left)
Svajerløb 2012 -The Two-Wheeler Final
Here is the line-up for the final. 12 bikes. Bullitts but also a short-john and an Omnium.
Svajerløb 2012 - Claus Bullitt
Claus Bullitt was first into the loading zone after the first lap.
Svajerløb 2012 -The Champion
It was Jumbo, however, who squeezed past him on the last stretch on his Omnium cargo bike.


Svajerløb 2012 - Ladies Champion
In the Ladies Individual Two-Wheeler final, Charlotte bettered her second-place from last year and took gold. Fanny from Klara Geist in Berlin took second and Hans' wife, Signe, took third, but wasn't present for the ceremony.
Svajerløb 2012 - Vintage Cargo Bike Champions
Here are the winners of the Vintage bike discipline - only old school cargo bikes allowed. The silver medallist, Trevor at left, is from Australia. Which makes him the Australian Champion, of course. Good onya.

Svajerløb 2012 - Fanny Svajerløb 2012 - Music
Fanny and Willi, from Berlin, provided the music and speaker system on their Bullitt, with one of their great Klara Geist speaker systems.
Svajerløb 2012 - 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony
Medal ceremony for the Three-Wheeler discipline. Leif dominated the field and walked away as Danish champion for the fourth year in a row on his Kangaroo. Somebody, please... give him some competition! Second and third place went to two Berliners on Christiania Bikes.

Svajerløb 2012 - Hans und Arne Svajerløb 2012 - 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony_1
Here they are at left - Hans and Arne - going for a practice spin. And here are the winners (at right). Leif got a medal, but we're sure he'll remember the Cyclelogistics cargo bike pencil holder even more.



Svajerløb 2012 - Lasse and Steve Svajerløb 2012 - Brandon
Steven from Grid Chicago - going for a ride with Lasse from Bicycle Innovation Lab - was in town for the event, together with Brandon, at right, dressed in true Svajere style for the day.
Svajerløb 2012 -Birte Svajerløb 2012 - Bride to Be
The audience darling, however, was Birthe. She was on a bachelorette outing with a group of girlfriends, being ridden around in a Christiania bike. They came past and entered the Team Relay with a team called Team Love. That's the spirit! We enlisted the services of the bride-to-be during the medal ceremony, handing out the medals and cheek kisses to the winners.

Svajerløb 2012 - Bullitt Wheelie
This guy popped wheelies on his Bullitt like it was nothing. Riding back and forth on the back wheel. Only a handful of people on the planet can pull this off. God knows I've tried. Impressive.

See you all next year!

History of the Svajere - Copenhagen's original bike messengers.
More on Svajerløb 2009
More on Svajerløb 2010

3 comments:

Miles Bader said...

What's the difference between an "old school" cargo bike and er, a new-school cargo bike...?

Mikael Colville-Andersen said...

old school is a vintage cargo bike - a long john, a short john. vintage, meaning it's an old bike.

new school is the cargo bikes that have been produced since the 1980s, starting with Christiania bike.

Dutch Bike Shop Dublin said...

Hello from Ireland, I am hoping you can/want to help- give us some pointers.
This year during bike week here in Ireland, myself and a compcolleage are organising a cargo bike event in a park here in Dublin and would love to do something similar as you have displayed.
thanks in advance for any advice you can give astrid@dutchbikeshop.ie is my email