Erik Wickström i front av feltet og på vei mot ny verdensrekord i 24 timer langrenn, som et sidearrangement til Årefjällsloppet 2016. Foto: Årefjällsloppet/Ski Classics.

Erik Wickström i front av feltet og på vei mot ny verdensrekord i 24 timer langrenn, som et sidearrangement til Årefjällsloppet 2016. Foto: Årefjällsloppet/Ski Classics.

Ny verdensrekord på 24 timer langrenn

- Det var spennende å teste kroppens grenser, og en stor utfordring både fysisk og mentalt, sier rekordmannen Erik Wickström etter målgang fredag morgen.

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Erik Wickström breaks the World Record!
Erik Wickström, 33, breaks the new Guinness World Record in 24 hour non-stop cross country skiing.

How far can you ski for 24 hours?

Erik Wickström from Sweden has today, 1st april broken a new world record in long-distance skiing classical style with the final result of 438,575 km during 24 hours.

The previous world record was held by Teemu Virtanen from Finland with a distance of 433 km.

Teemu was aiming to beat his old record, but his body said stop after 21 hours.

Competing for the new world record was also Denis Kabanen from Russia who was on course for 16 hours and 15 minutes before he had to stop.

Erik Wickström was the only one making it through the full 24 hours and in the end he beat the old world record with over 5 km!

- It was very exciting to test the limits of my body and it was a huge challenge both physically and mentally, but I will probably never do it again.

- For the last three hours when I was on the course alone it was extremely challenging and it felt like being in a tunnel where you are only be able to look forwards, says Erik Wickström, who now is the current record holder.

The world record attempt started at 07.20 on Thursday, 31st March and finished at 07.20 on Friday 1st April.

It took place in Vålådalen and over 1064,5 laps on a 412 m loop, made by only double poling!

Event facts:
Date

31st March until 1st April

Time
24 hours 07.20 - 07.20

Competitors
Teemu Virtanen FIN, Erik Wickström SWE and Denis Kabanen RUS

New world record
438575 (438,575 km)

Technique
Classical

Place
Vålådalen, Sweden


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