Welcome to Ronde van Retaard 2012

On September 15th, 2012 the Ronde van Retaard will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the third time. The race is contested over approximately 100 kilometers of gravel roads and no gears are not allowed. The Ronde is a homage to the hard early days of bicycle racing. And food & wine, fireworks and midgets.

The race starts 8.30 AM on september 15th at the Gamla Torget (Old Square) in Kungälv.

You are most welcome! 
Komet Club Rouleur


Train leaves from Gothenburg Central Station at 06.42. We will have a pickup truck on the parking lot at the back of Nils Ericssontermialen from 06.20. There you can leave your bikes for transport to the start in Kungälv. You can also travel to Kungälv on with bus, but then with no bicycle.

N.B. This year the Finishing/Award ceremony will NOT take place in Gothenburg, but at Dalens hembygdsgård approx 10 kilometers north of Kungälv. There the finishing and award ceremony will take place as well as the after party, complete with basic sleeping accomodations.

Important information

We will be riding on small and seldom used gravel roads but they are open to traffic and there will be encounters with cars and perhaps even horses. This means that you must ride carefully and with consideration for those you meet and your fellow riders. Be smart and ride safely. All contestants participate at their own risk!.


You register by paying the registration fee of 400 SEK or 40 EUR to Swedish PlusGiro 45 57 67-4 before September 1st. Mark the payment with Your Name and Ronde van Retaard. If you have trouble paying from abroad just contact us at retard@kometbicycles.se. The race is limited to 100 participants  –  so register in time!

Lunch and snacks during the race, as well as dinner and party in the evening plus breakfast on sunday morning is included in this fee –  but do bring cash for beer/wine at dinner.


More than 100 kilometers on mostly gravel roads for fixed gear- or singlespeed bikes. Geared bikes will have their shifters taped single speed at the start. The race is split up into about 10 stages during the journey towards central Gothenburg. Between each stage the peloton will ride together and we will reassemble after each stage. The leader's jersey will be worn by the total leader after each stage. About half way there will be a lunchbreak with good food, good drinks and water. Cars will follow us during most parts of the race where you can put a small bag with warm clothes or whatever.

Finish/Award ceremony/Accomodation

The finish will be at Dalens Hembygdsgård approx 10 kilometers north of Kungälv at about 7 in the evening. Afterwards there will be an award ceremony, dinner and party at this local history society where thera also will be spatial sleeping accomodations for those who wish to stay the night.


If You have questions or want do discuss something about the race, please do it in the official threads at fixedgear.se or Happymtb.org or send us an e-mail at retard@kometbicycles.se.

Pictures and stories from the past


Hallisars photos on Flickr
Fixedgear.se thread
Happy MTB thread 


Happy MTB thread
Fixedgear.se thread


McHommus photos on Flickr 
Hallisars photos on Flickr
Pista Malmö photos
Movie on Youtube
Fixedgear.se thread


Happy MTB thread
Happy MTB thread


Happy MTB thread

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Map / The start

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