Bohus Velomobile Tour 2020

Discover the northern part of Sweden’s west coast with people who share the same interest!

Participants can ride velomobiles, recumbent trikes and bikes. The goal when choosing roads has been to find the most picturesque places in Bohuslän. There are no fees for participating and it is free to register.

Dates

We meet up in Stenungsund on Day 0 the 29th of June in the afternoon, hopefully not later than 16.00 hr. See details for Day 0 further down.

Accomodation

We overnight in camping places, therefor you must bring your own tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Alve Henricson is making the bookings at camping sites and participants do not need to worry about these bookings. But if you don’t like to sleep in a tent, then you must organize your own lodging.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Each participant decides for him/herself where and when to eat although it is nice if as many as possible can eat in the same places. During the daily schedule there are some recommendations for lunch and dinner. Some participants prefer to have a big lunch, and some prefer a big dinner. These opportunities to choose are available throughout the tour. However, it is strongly recommended that each participant provide their own breakfast the day before as it will be difficult to find places that serve breakfast. A small gas-stove to heat a cup of coffee or tea is good to bring for comfort.

Registration

If you do not register in time, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to book a place for you at the camping sites. The sooner you register the better, just send a message to Alve at email address: alve @ henricson.eu (delete spaces in address).

Enlisted participants

Alve Henricson – Quattrovelo
Mattias Sjösvärd – WAW
Rulle Rolf Kristoffersen – Quest – Rulle´s blog
Per Cronholm – Orca
Alexander Gunnarsson – Strada
Sven Norberg – Strada
Pete Gilbreath – Scorpion trike
Emil Iversen – Strada
Alex Hofvander – Solar trike Hp Scorpion – Alex YouTube
Lasse Jennfors – Quest XS
Udo Krüger – Quest
Peter Beijes – DF (preliminary)
Bastiaan Welmers – DF (preliminary)
Steffen Möller – Strada (preliminary)
Søren Möller – Strada (preliminary)

Communication

Before and during the BVT we prefer to communicate through a group in Messenger. It is not a must to have the Messenger app, but it makes things much easier. If you do not like to have this app, we hope you can have it during the ride and delete it after the BVT. You are of course welcome to participate without the Messenger app, but you risk to miss important information. You can always call Alve by phone if you need assistance during the BVT, +46708727838.

Starting point

You can start in Gothenburg or in Stenungsund. If you bring your velomobile to Bohuslän by car and need us to organize a parking place for your car, then you will have to join us in Stenungsund.

Planning your days

Since you will ride through some very picturesque areas, be prepared to stop often for taking photos. The topography and the archipelago-like nature is relatively hilly with several up and down slopes. Be prepared for and make time for 5 km/h slower rides than what you normally are used to.

In this kind of meetings, it is important that each participant feels comfortable with his/her own speed. Therefore, we do not ride all together in a row. Usually the team lumps up in subgroups according to riding style, but you should choose the route that you think is best for you and if needed, change it as you go. If you compare the routes, then you will see that there are several possibilities to choose from and that it is possible to make your own mix if you decide to ride longer or shorter stretches. You can always ask Alve for advice even when you are out riding.

Routes

There are at least two routes to choose from each day, one long  and one short, hence we hope to be able to meet both at lunchtime and dinnertime.

Once you have downloaded the routes from Ridewithgps, you will see detailed information entered by Alve as he tested the routes. This information may include for example, the location of the supermarkets and toilets, but also recommendations on whether or not to use bike lanes.

Charging batteries and power banks

Please inform Alve how many electrical outlets you need and what type of plug you have, A, B, or C.

Itinerary

Day 0, 29/6-20

This is the day when we meet in Stenungsund to make a 17 km short trip before we shower and ride to the mall where there are supermarkets, restaurants and coffee houses. During the tour we can compare the rolling resistance of the velomobiles in a long slope.

Time
The tents should if possible be set up no later than 16.00 to give time for the rolling resistance comparison.

Camping
Stenungsunds / Tållenäs camping.
No shop or restaurant at camping

The center of Stenungsund.
Rolling resistance comparison test, 17.1 km

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32476938

We meet at the top of the hill at 16:30 by the side of the road where there is a small clearing. The velomobiles should be empty from luggage for the best possible comparison. A warning triangle will be set up on the road before we start. Expect the ride from camping to the meeting point to take about half an hour. At the start of the test section, there is a black mark on the road where the front wheels should be positioned before starting to roll downhill. When you reach the bottom of the hill and your velomobile stops rolling, get out of the velo, move it to the side of the road and wait until all participants have finished the test.

For those of you who ride Gothenburg-Stenungsund
Marstrand island on the other side of the water.
On Marstrand island.

Long route via Marstrand, 72.7 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32476840

Short route, 52.4 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32478404

Day 01, 30/6-20

Stenungsund-Tjörn-Orust-Malö

Highlights

Klädesholmen
Skärhamn
Kyrkesund
Sundsby
Mollösund
Hälleviksstrand
Malö

Near Stenungsunds camping.
Early morning leaving Stenungsund.
Klädesholmen.
We cycle at low speeds when we are on narrow streets.
Klädesholmen.
Skärhamn on Tjörn island.
The harbour in Skärhamn.
Kyrkesund.
Björholmen.
On Mjörn island between Tjörn and Orust.
Skåpesund, a strait between Tjörn and Orust.
A new bike path between Skåpesund and Varekil on Orust.
Ferry to the island Lyr.
Nösund harbour.
Mollösund.
Hälleviksstrands church.
Car ferries are free of charge in Sweden.

Lunch
If you feel like it and if your riding time allow it, it would be nice to meet at Sundsby Säteri. The restaurant may be a bit pricey, but there are park benches in the area where we can eat our own sandwiches, please see details on route map. The last place to shop your own food before lunch is ICA in Skärhamn.
There are also benches by the rest stop at Skåpesund or you can have a pizza at Varekil.

Dinner
Flatön is a well-known place in Sweden. It was here that the famous singer Evert Taube wrote several of his songs. Handelsman Flink is a store from that time and now also a fine restaurant.
Should you prefer to eat your own food, then you can do the shopping at Hemköp in Ellös before taking the ferry to Malö.

Timetable ferry Malöleden

Before 18:00, on the hour, 20 min past and 40 min past
After 18:00, on the hour and 30 min past

Timetable ferry to Lyr

Latest recommended return ferry from Lyr is at 15:00.
On the hour and 30 min past except 16:00, 16:20, 16:40, 17:00, 17:20 and 17:40

Camping
Malö camping
No shop or restaurant at camping, ice cream and chips only

Malö camping.

Long route, 147 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32528568

Medium length route, 98.3 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32477081

Short route, 72,3 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32600973

Cultural route, 63 km
This is a special route for those interested in visiting Pilane, a large area with sculptures in the nature. Sweden’s television has made a report on Pilarne in the program Sverige (in swedish).
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32477107

Day 02, 1/7-20

Malö-Sotenäs

This day has been divided into sections, the day rides and the evening ride to picturesque Smögen 6 km from the camping. The plan is to have the tents on place at the camping and a shower so that we can leave together for the evening ride to Smögen at 17:30.

Smögen.

Most of us will have to use the car ferry over Gullmarsleden since there is only place for two velomobiles each passage on the ferry from Fiskebäckskil to Lysekil. We will make a lottery to see who the lucky ones are.

Ferry Fiskebäckskil – Lysekil.

Highlights

Fiskebäckskil
Lysekil
Smögen

Smögen.

Lunch
It might be difficult to find a common meeting place for lunch since the routes will be very different. We will have to make decision about this by using Messenger when the time comes close to noon. One meeting point might be the supermarket Tempo at Brodalen even though they do not have too many things to choose from and only four chairs by the store and some benches behind the store.

Dinner
As mentioned, the idea is to visit Smögen in the evening. There are several restaurants there and a large supermarket for those that prefer having a picnic on the rocks by the sea.

Timetable for ferries

Ängöleden, 7 km from camping
From 6:00, on the hour, 20 min past and 40 min past
With the exception 9:00, 9:30, 10:00

Gullmarsleden
On the hour, 20 min past and 40 min past

Fiskebäckskil – Lysekil
8:58, 9:28, 9:58, 11,30, 12,10

Camping
Sotenäs camping
No shop or restaurant at camping

Sotenäs camping.

Long route, 105 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32599866

Short route, 60 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32599907

Route with passenger only ferry and two velomobiles at a time, 79 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32599704

Day 03, 2/7-20

Sotenäs-Tanum

This day will give those interested in history the opportunity to visit the Vitlycke Museum and the World Heritage rock-carving areas from the Bronze Age at Tanum. The museum is closing at 18 hr, but the several carving areas are open 24 hr all year. Our camping is located very close to some of the large rock-carving areas.

Rock carvings some few hundred meters from our camping.

Highlights

Hunnebostrand
Hunnebostrand sculpture park
Bovallstrand
Hamburgsund
Fjällbacka
Grebbestad
Havsstenssund
Tanum

Tångevik.
Hunnebostrand.
Sotenäs.
Gerlesborg.
Fjällbacka.
Havsstenssund.

Lunch
Suggestion:
12:00 hr
Restaurant Sunnegabet in Hamburgsund

Dinner
Closest restaurant or shop is 3.5 km from the camping and there is a steep hill to climb to get there. Therefore it might be better to have or buy something to eat before getting to the camping. There is a barbecue in the campsite in case anyone feels like organizing a barbecue evening by bringing a bag of charcoal.

Camping
Tanums Camping och Stugby
No restaurant or shop in camping

Pedro, the owner of Tanums camping.

Long route, 96 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32600187

Short route, 52 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32600239

Day 04, 3/7-20

Tanum-Unda

This is more or less a transportation day. The inland is still nice but it is not as exotic as the coast. At the end of the day we will be passing a very large shopping area called Torp.

The Bronze Age Farm in Vitlycke.

Lunch
Suggestion:
12:00 at Rasta Håby

Dinner
There is a restaurant and a shop at the camping.

Long route, 141 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32600676

Short route, 60 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32600622

Day 05, 4/7-20

This is a perfect day for those who want to sleep a little longer in the morning and take it easy, but it only applies to those who are going to Stenungsund. Many of you will probably cycle all the way to Gothenburg.

Uddevalla industrial area.
We ride a short stretch of gravel in the harbor of Uddevalla to avoid a very steep hill.
Byfjorden.

Lunch
Suggestion for those sleeping longer in the morning:
Chez Pierre in Uddevalla
Suggestion for those cycling to Gothenburg:
Lätt Rätt in Stenungsund

Uddevalla-Stenungsund-Göteborg, 96.7 km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32479349

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Contact

Alve Henricson on Messenger, WhatsApp and mail alve @ henricson.eu (delete spaces in address). See details here:
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