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November 2023

AnmälMigNu! service for Swedish citizens

This message is for all athletes from Sweden who are interested in signing up for our new 20 and 50 km distance races!

In order to make it easy for Swedish citizens to sign up and pay online in SEK we are cooperating with AnmälMigNu! This service has got some great features, like multiple entries for companies or clubs. To make use of this service, please go to the AnmälMigNu! website:

Please note that, after signing up on AnmälMigNu!, we will contact you via email as we then still have some extra forms that need signing.

We have extended the entry deadline for the 20 and 50 km race, as we realise that (local) Swedish athletes are used to being able to sign up very late. However, you do help us a lot if you do not wait until the last minute 😉.

A special thank you to Johan from AnmälMigNu! and also Niclas Bentzer for their help with setting this up. We could not have done it without you!

An interview with Florian Reiterberger

Copyright: Follow the Sun Photography

Florian Reiterberger from Germany won both the MYAU 300 mile and the MLAU 500 km race on his bright green MAXX fatbike. Since 2009 he has done many long distance bike races – also the warmer kind. It seems, the harder it gets, the better Florian performs. He definitely likes to be challenged. His Bavarian humor and capability to go for days without stopping, are legendary. Florian also pushes his bike faster than some athletes can hike. Not sure how he does that.

In January this year he started his Radlgarage Eggstätt, which is a bike shop. Florian’s specialty is, helping his customers, with all his experience, to find the perfect bike and setup for their next challenge. He also happily helps anyone interested with advise on winter fatbiking. If you want to ask him any questions, please just email him at

In 2024 Florian will return to Swedish Lapland, doing the MLAU 500 km race for a second time. So, we thought, we should ask him some questions:

MLAU: You have already been in many races, also MTB and Bikepacking. What fascninates you about winter ultras with a fatbike?

Florian: Winter races are special. The cold, the isolation, the crunching noise of the tires in the snow and the wilderness. So, there are many reasons why I like these kinds of challenges. To understand it, you just have to do it, be it in the Yukon or Swedish Lapland. Afterwards, you will either like it or not. I really love the tranquility and loneliness of being out there in the cold.

MLAU: You already won the MYAU (300 miles) and also the MLAU (500 km). What would you say is the difference between the two?

Florian: The MYAU is very difficult. The temperatures and the remoteness are extreme. In the Yukon you often are far away from any signs of civilization. In Sweden you have more contact with the world you are used to. In other words, you see more houses or lights in the distance. But I loved both races. One thing I consider amazing about the MLAU, is the family like atmosphere that Robin and his parents have created for us at the headquarter in Jockfall.

MLAU: What are typical mistakes that athletes make when they start at a winter fatbike race for the first time?

Florian: Being too motivated or too fearful. In a race I did in Finland, I saw a lot of highly motivated fatbikers at the start, speeding of into the distance. But quickly they had to pay for the consequences. Wet clothes, lack of energy quickly took their toll. However, I have also seen insecure bikers who suffered from lack of confidence, continuously doubting if they were trained and prepared well enough.

MLAU: From your point of view, what makes up the perfect preparation?

Florian: That’s difficult to answer. I would say there is no such thing as THE perfect preparation. Every athlete is different – be it mentally or physically. Facing a challenge like this, everyone needs to carefully analyze themselves and decide what they need to work on. This should help finding the right focus areas and the best way forward. My personal motto since an expedition I did in India is “Looking forward to the great things and preparing for the worst …”

MLAU: What are you top #3 pieces of kit?

Florian: Neoprene overshoes, a thermometer that goes down to – 50 degrees Celsius and a hub dynamo with handlebar light and USB charger – for me as a biker the best source for light and energy.

MLAU: You will start at the Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra again this winter. Can you already say what bike you will use?

Florian: Very likely it will be my MAXX Jagamoasta Yukon Arctic Ultra edition again. However, MAXX are not making this type of bike anymore. So, I am contemplating if I should come up with something new. If I do, it my new bike may premiere in Sweden.

MLAU: What did you really enjoy in your first Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra and where do you think we have room for improvement?

Florian: After my great time in the Yukon, my expectations for Sweden were very high. Like the other Yukon veterans, I expected a perfect race. And I think it’s fair to say that even though in 2022 we were all still struggling with the effects of the Pandemic, it was really a superb experience. All was well organized and when there was a problem, it was solved immediately. The only thing that was a bit of a setback, the mild temperatures. It was too warm for my liking. But nobody can be blamed for the weather. I particularly enjoyed my time in Jockfall, with the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. What can you still improve? I can’t think of anything major. Getting to Jockfall from Lulea airport requires some logistics but in the end it’s well worth it.

MLAU: Would you recommend the MLAU to rookies?

Florian: Most certainly. The entire crew is very experienced and safety standards are high. It’s a less extreme than the Yukon or Alaska but you still get the wilderness feeling with beautiful winter landscapes, northern lights and you can learn some important lessons before going more remote.

Montane’s New Season Highlights

It’s getting colder and we are all looking forward to our upcoming winter training, adventures and of course the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Time to check our equipment and see what’s new and exciting on the market. If you check out Montane’s website you will see some great new kit! It’s too much to go through here but in their menu you can click on “New Season” in both the Women’s and Men’s section and get the perfect overview. Some of the new Montane clothing that will be perfect for the MYAU we want to feature here:

Montane Men’s Dart XT Thermal Zip Neck Long Sleeved Top

A good layering system starts with the perfect base layer. The Montane Men’s Dart XT Zip Neck Base Layer is the ultimate expedition base layer. Recycled Apex Thermo Eco fabric with a brushed back offers long-term comfort and high wicking ability – moving any moisture that’s generated away from the body. 4-way stretch also allows for unrestricted dynamic movement, without compromising thermal efficiency. Polygiene treatment also provides essential odour control – perfect for multi day use during high output activities.


  • Polygiene permanent anti odour
  • Low profile collar with 1/4 length YKK reverse coil semi-auto lock zip
  • Low profile seams throughout for improve comfort next to skin

Also available as a women’s version.

Montane Men’s Respond XT Hooded Insulated Jacket

The Respond XT Hooded Insulated Jacket is the new and updated version of Montane’s Flux Jacket. It has been especially engineered for the cold and wet. Lightweight windproof and water-resistant protection is provided by the insulated jackets use of PERTEX® Quantum Eco fabric. Whilst essential warmth and further weather resistance comes from recycled PrimaLoft® Silver insulation. A perfect cut and feature set mean you are able to perform in a range of challenging conditions.


  • Sleeve articulation for added comfort during dynamic movement
  • Fully adjustable hood with stiffened peak to protect against cold winds
  • Hook and Loop cuff adjustment
  • Internal drop pocket to keep essentials close to the body
  • 2x Zipped hand pockets
  • 2x YKK reverse coil hand pockets for secure storage
  • 2x YKK Vislon zipped chest pockets for secure quick access to essentials
  • YKK 2 way Vislon centre front zip for harness compatible protection
  • Fully adjustable hem to minimise heat loss and keep out wind

Montane Men’s Phase XT Waterproof Jacket

The Men’s Phase XT Waterproof Jacket is a tough, durable shell that will deliver essential protection and enhanced movement when you need it most. Additional features include a helmet compatible hood, making this waterproof jacket well equipped for those seeking extra protection on the move.


  • 70 Denier GORE-TEX Performance Technology, with a hydrostatic head of 28,000mm and RET <9
  • Fully adjustable, roll-away climbing helmet compatible hood with three point ‘quick release’ adjustment and stiffened peak
  • Internal mesh drop pocket to stash accessories
  • Full-length two-way YKK AQUAGUARD® VISLON front zip with internal storm flap
  • 2x map sized hand pockets with YKK AQUAGUARD® zips
  • Shaped cuffs with adjustable hook and loop tabs
  • Two-way YKK AQUAGUARD® pit zips
  • Adjustable hem with cinchable drawcord to minimise heat loss
  • Articulated arms for high reach movement

Also available as a women’s version.

We could go on and on as Montane has got a wide range of fleeces, many more rain jackets and insulated jackets (down and synthetic), a great variety of pants and perfect gloves and hats. If you go on training runs when the temperatures drop, Montane also offers warm tights, tops and of course their legendary running packs. For more Montane kit we recommend specifically for the MYAU, please check out our gear list. And for all Montane kit and some really inspiring content, please go to

MLAU 2023 – Behind the scenes

Copyright: Swedish Lapland

Most sport events would be impossible without volunteers. This also is the case with the Montane Lapland and Yukon Arctic Ultra. For 20 years volunteers have helped make both our races an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Ted Logart from Swedish Lapland spent some time interviewing volunteers at the MLAU 2023 and he ended up making a great short film featuring these interviews and elements of the race.
So, I want to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers who have ever helped out in the Yukon or Norbotten. It has been a great pleasure and I am already looking forward to working with you during our 2024 ultras.

Also, a very big thank you to Diane Patrick, who retired from volunteering now, but who was crucial in finding and working with our volunteer teams during the two past decades!
And of course thank you Ted and Swedish Lapland for putting together this film!