At the Bonanza Banquet in Örebro it was announced that next year´s Bonanza will be held in Västervik. Kalmar Turf association is the organizer. Welcome to Västervik May 21st! You can get a taste of what awaits via THIS teaser video.
Scotland, Scotland and Scotland!! Congratulations to the winners of round 135: Artful from Edinburgh, Scotland was the round winner in September with 5.883 takes and 1.377.693 points. Really impressive! Just behind, with the Silver medal, we find pPilot and the Bronze medal goes to TSFeTaTo. Where do they come from? Region Scotland of course! In fourth place we find féarglas from Scotland and in fifth place Gallant from Kalmar.
Well done mates!
Turf Ultimate Region Fight 2021
During the September round many turfers fought in this region battle. Nine teams and a total of 404 turfers participated. Region Åland won the battle, followed by Scotland, Västmanland, Kalmar and Östergötland. Congrats to all the turfers in team Åland. You can pick up the trophy at the Bonanza banquet in Västervik on 21 May 2022. The turfer MaXi is the organizer of the Region Fight. Many thanks to him and to Linus Odenring who provides the results via turfportalen.se
Here are some comments that have been published on Facebook by the team leaders for Åland and Scotland.
Aicar - team leader for Team Åland: ”I am incredibly proud and impressed with the efforts of our team. Very many have overperformed (turfers who said before that you would drive in 80 - 100,000 points, but hava taken more than 200,000 points), everyone has been involved and contributed and above all we have had a team that consists of just over 30% more participants than the minimum number! One of the turfers who has been in the regional fight before has cycled a bit over 1000 km and he came in 10th place in the internal ranking! A big thank you to MaXi who arranged the competition, to all the hikers in Team Åland who performed incredibly well and above all had fun (I have heard many say: "This was very fun!") and to all participants in the opposing regions where I especially want highlight Kalmar and Scotland that we fought the most against during these 4 weeks of taking some extra points in each category!”
David Parker, Team Scotland: ”Congratulations to Åland and all of the teams and turfers in the Turf Ultimate Regional Fight 2021. Many thanks to MaXi for organising such a wonderful competition. It's been a lot of fun in Scotland and has brought many turfers together with a great all round effort! We've really enjoyed competing and watching the efforts of the other teams. Looking forward to many more happy Turf experiences!”
Most taken zone in September
During the region fight, there was clearly an increased Turf activity in the participating regions. In the winning region of Åland, the number of takes more than doubled compared with the summer months of June and July. In central Mariehamn on Åland, we also find the zone that was taken the most times in the world during September. The zone SteelHelp was taken 803 times in 28 days, which gives an average of 28.7 times / 24 hours or 1.2 times per hour!! Hard wear on that zone in other words.
The new Daily Medal
The new Daily Medal has attracted a lot of attention. The medal is awarded to those who make 5 takeovers every day for 10, 30, 60, 90, 180 and 365 days straight (UTC time). Right now we have 555 turfers who have received Daily 30 and 947 who got Daily 10. TXL from Skåne was the first turfer who got Daily 30 followed by aivar and recycling. Now it will be exciting to see who will be the first turfer to take the Daily 60 medal in November.A good tip on Day 60 is to wear the crown when the clock strikes 00.00 (UTC time), stand in one zone and have four more zones close by. On the other hand, it is not most important to take it first. The most important thing is to take at least five zones every day so you get your daily exercise!
Bonanza planning and other upcoming events
As you already know, next year’s Bonanza will be held in Västervik on May 21st. Kalmar Turf association will soon release information on how you can book discounted accommodation in hotels or in rented cabins at the giant campsite Västervik Resort, where the Bonanza banquet will be held. The information will be published on kalmarturf.se. Information will also be disseminated on Facebook.
Now the process also begins to designate where Bonanza 2023 will be carried out. Turf Crew will release an inquiry to all known associations shortly. Associations outside Sweden can register their interest in receiving the material in English by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you waiting for an exciting and challenging event invitation to appear? Keep your eyes open during October! You will not think it's true when you see it!
Germany has received the first Round medal
Last Turf Insider we talked about Country medals. Now we want to draw attention to the fact that a turfer from Germany received his first Round medal. We congratulate Marcus_P from Hamburg who in round 134 won the Bronze medal with 1,037,687 points and 2,848 takes. Activity is increasing in Germany and in the Hamburg region there are approx. 30 active turfers. Turf has now attracted attention in a German podcast – EnJoyYourBike Podcast - which is available on YouTube (Podcast # 63).
Keep on turfing in October and don’t forget to take at least five zones every day and …… perhaps even that extra zone!
Congratulations to the winners of round 134: Király from Skåne was too busy to beat the points and Takes record during a new record to attend the Bonanza 2021 and in the process he secured his 15th Gold medal. Grock from Norrbotten turfed home his first Silver and Marcus_P from Hamburg is the first German turfer to win a medal in Turf, congrats to the Bronze!
Well done mates!
It was finally time for Bonanza on the 4th of September. It was held in Örebro and turfers from at least four countries came to fight over the event zones. In the foot event rabbit_rail from Stockholm ran home a Gold,19Ovechkin from Jönköping won Silver and Raudonvirsis from Stockholm won Bronze. A total of 167 tufers took at least one zone during the foot event.
In the bike event, magnusn from Stockholm biked home a Gold, SunYour from Västerås took Silver and ravinous from Stockholm nabbed the Bronze. A total of 128 turfers took at least one zone during the bike event. The complete results can be found HERE.
At the Bonanza banquet in the evening of the 4th of September, the Turf Awards for 2019 and 2020 were awarded. 7 turfers went home with 8 statues. féarglas from Scotland took home Turf Star of the year 2020 and Turfer of the year 2020, well deserved! florence and Entertainer from Stockholm won for Best Zone Take 2020 award and Bont from Västerbotten took home the Turf Performance of the year 2020. Congratulations! In January 2022 the nominations for Turf Awards 2021 will begin.
Next year´s Bonanza will be held in Västervik. Kalmar Turf association is the organizer together with local Västervik turfers. Welcome to Västervik on May 21st! You can get a taste of what awaits via THIS teaser video.
Turf Ultimate Region Fight
During the September round, Turf Ultimate Region Fight is taking place. Last year it was Sverigekampen since only Swedish regions took part. This year also Scotland and Minnesota are battling it out. You can follow the battle at Turfportalen. The Region battle is organized by MaXi and a statue and challenge prize were handed out to last year's winners Uppsala at the Bonanza banquet. Which region will Uppsala hand over the perpetual trophy to next year?
Medal nerd sync in Scotland
Nerd sync of medals is something the average turfer gets into when it is already a little too late to sync more than 3 or 4 medals. In the beginning you are usually just too busy exploring the zones on the map and in some cases I've even heard beginners finding the seemingly never ending supply of new ranks and medals a nuisance.
So in order to maximize the number of medals you can take with one take, a newbie account needs to be set up. And if everything goes as plan, one take can generate in up to 9 medals with a little help from friends. Crackers (Artful) almost managed this last round in Scotland. Read his story HERE. The record before was 4 medals with one take.
Did you know...
...a total of 401 Country medals have been awarded in Turf to 154 different turfers. Nicke1 from Norway has the most, 30 and all are from Norway. Mo112 from Finland is second with 21 (all Finnish) and Király from Sweden has 18 (17 from Sweden and 1 from Denmark). 5 turfers have Country medals from two different countries: Király from Sweden, Nybegynner from Norway, TXL from Sweden, Pilgrim from Sweden and Ado from Sweden. All of them has at least one Country medal from Denmark.
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On the day of the Bonanza 2021, a new version of Turf was released featuring the new medal serie DAILY. The aim of Daily is to take at least 5 zones per day (takes, assists or revisit are all supposed to work) for 10 days to get the first medal. The highest medal is rewarded to those turfers who remembers to take five zones per day for 365 days...go go go!
Don't miss out on Hdaskydrone, who is currently cycling across Sweden on his electric bike for a good cause.
The route is 2.600km long and goes from Treriksröset to Smygehuk. He has currently made it 300km.
You may also support his good cause by donating to the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund.
If you want this year's Bonanza T-shirt, you have to order it before the 16th of August. And why not sign up for the Bonanza event itself and the banquet in the evening at the same time? Click HERE.
Congratulations to the winners of round 133: Xtrmrunner from Lounais-Suomi turfed home her first Gold, Oberoff from Stockholm secured his second Silver by biking 3384 kms during 242 hours and 32 min and Welshman from Lounais-Suomi had to make do with a bronze this time, it was another family members turn to Turf for Gold ;)
Well done mates!
Bonanza 2021 - arranged by the association Örebro Turfers
Turf Crew together with Örebro Turfers invites every turfer to the most awaited Bonanza 2021.
On Saturday the 4th of September two open events will takes place in Örebro. Every turfer who participates will be awarded the Bonanza medal. First the Foot event, 10 am to noon, followed by the Bike Event, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. In the evening a Banquet will take place, starting at 6 pm.
And register for this fun World Cup event HERE.
Canoe Turf 2021
Kalmar Turf Association invites everyone to a Canoe Turf Event on the 14th of August. Invitation HERE (only in Swedish).
Two special adventures featuring female turfers took place in the last couple of rounds. Cissiliana från Uppsala decided to bike from Stockholm to Ängelholm during the round start in July and Anniña from Stockholm set out on her dream adventure together with Kygni from Uppsala. Here are their stories :)
Anniña and Kygni's Kebnekaise adventure
by Anniña with a little help from Kygni
”As usual when the two of us are leaving for a Turf Adventure, it was quite spontaneously booked and not so well planned.
We met up in Luleå where we then spent a day preparing and we also turfed a bit in Luleå. I can never resist a few extra unique zones!
The journey from Luleå to Keb Mountain Station by train, bus and foot was quite zoneless on June 29th. A few more zones along the nice trek between Nikkaluokta and Kebnekaise Mountain Station would be appreciated (hint to future zone makers in the area).
Once at Keb Mountain Station, we did not have the weather on our side but had to wait a few days before we could head to the top. So we had to spend time colouring KebStation (ed. in Warded the zones get different colours depending on how many times you have taken them). We managed to paint it red during our stay. While we waited for better weather we went on shorter trips, for example we visited TarfalaStugan which was the most complicated zone around Kebnekaise. It was almost impossible to get coverage there even though we had access to 4 different cell phone operators.
On the third day the weather was better and we started our journey up to the top. When we got over the first peak, we passed Kaffedalen and I (Anniña) managed to go through the snow/ice layer, so when we got up a bit on the very top of Kebnekaise, the energy started to run out, but then I, who had been disconnected from the outside world since we left Kiruna, received a message greeting me welcome to Norway so I could go into the Turf app and realize that we were very close to the first zone NyaToppStugan which unfortunately was far from the top cottage but taking the zone gave me new strength so the next hour up to the top which was mostly to wade through wet snow did not feel like a problem. It was great to stand in the Kebnekaise zone and look at the South top, our goal.
Once we reached Sydtoppen (ed. zone Kebnekaise), we realized that the hope of also being able to take KebNordtoppen had to be postponed to the future. It was with a mixture of horror and delight that we stood there at the top. We could not really rejoice that we had managed to climb it because now we had the whole long way back.
After replenishing our energy with food and water, we started the way back and it was pretty easy. But it was only when we were back at the KebStation zone that the euphoria to have done it came. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We had booked our tickets home for the 3rd of July so on the 2nd we mostly enjoyed the magnificent landscape and nature of the place until we started hiking back the following day.
Next time we might get a few more Turfers with us and manage to take us all the way to the northern peak to take zone KebNordtoppen. It was a fantastic turfing adventure that I hope many more will embark on.
Cissiliana's long distance bike ride adventure
It all started as a joke but when I added up the total distance I'd covered during various previous turf-rides, it actually felt doable and increasingly attractive. We (ed. she had a non-turfer along for the ride) started with my mother's midsummer lunch buffet in Järna outside Södertälje and then biked an average 88 km a day down to my family in the summer house outside Ängelholm in Skåne.
Since it was a long way to go (708 km) I could as well stop by in the well-renowned Turf city Kalmar which also gave us a rest day. Booking the hostels during the trip as well as stopping and swimming spontaneously gave a much-needed sense of freedom for this mother of three.
Many stops were taken at Turf zones since they often are placed in nice areas like the zone "Figeholm" in the town with the same name. I didn´t have big turfing ambitions for this trip, especially since my company doesn´t turf but many zones were exactly on our route :)
One thing I really wanted though was to visit the region "Blekinge". We touched Blekinge and took the closest zone which unfortunately happened to be the highest point of Blekinge (Rävabacken). After a suprisingly gentle ascent I was rewarded with the Icosaregion Star-medal. By that time Turf had gained a new member in "Alexiz".
I recommend you to try something similar; it was a pleasure for all senses and I am longing for my next trip. The nice weather helped of course and some light rain cooled us nicely in the warm temperatures but when we almost had reached our final destination we had to take shelter in a no-zone bus stop during a thunderstorm. I'm glad I did not have to use the spare inner tube I had with me and am now adding cable ties on my packing list as the package holder gave me some trouble.
Cissiliana´s 5 tips for longer biking tours
Leave the tent at home and cut down on the packing and grant yourself a good night's sleep in a hostel or hammock.
Hanging your wet swimwear on the bike while biking dries the clothes quickly.
Choose your route carefully, the road surface and slopes really affect your speed.
Bring cable ties.
The more breakfasts the better.
There you have it, two fantastic Turf adventures by some amazing turfers :)
Public Right of Access
Lately there has been an increase in Issues regarding zones in areas signed off as Private. I myself have had three such issues regarding zones in Sweden in the last few months. In two cases I wrote to the municipalities in question to ask if the ”Private” signs were legal. From one municipality the answer was a stern ”No. Those signs had to go.” and from the other the answer was the signs were legal, but you as a private person had the right to walk, jog, ride a horse and ski through the area marked off by the signs. The municipality quoted the Swedish Allemansrätt (Right of Public Access). Thanks to the Allemansrätt, it is very difficult to post signs restricting access to an area by foot. You have the right to walk just about anywhere in Sweden as long as you are in transit. And for sure, that is the case for us turfers, we are almost always on our way to ”just one more zone” :)
The right of access exists in other countries too, but to a lesser degree. As most zone makers are Swedish we are somewhat 'tainted' by the Swedish ease at which we can go everywhere, both in urban environments and in nature. We get quite a few issues about zones in ”Private areas” in non-Swedish countries, and a lot of those places would have been OK in Sweden. But we move them and try to stay away from similar places in the future :)
In Sweden we don't move zones just because of the "Private Area"-sign because a) most likely you still have the right to walk there and b) it is possible it is an illegal sign, so please contact the municipality in question and ask before you write an issue. Of course, if the general feeling is that the zone is a disturbance for the people living there, the zone can be moved, but we don't move it just because of a sign.
Did you know...
...in round 133 a new record was set for the number of Region medals awarded - 56. The previous record was round 127 with 52 medals.
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