Part II: Further challenges, further up, further north
After winding its way through the Nordland and Troms regions in 2013, the Arctic Race of Norway (August 14–17) is set to continue exploring Northern Norway with two stages in Finnmark, starting with a historical push towards Europe's northernmost point, the North Cape.
North Cape sets the stage for intense action
Last year, the Arctic Race of Norway became the first professional cycling race held inside the Arctic Circle. This year it will take it a step further, taking the peloton 400 kilometres further north. The northernmost event in the history of the sport will set an almost unbreakable record with the finish of stage 1 on Europe's northernmost point, The North Cape. This place of outstanding beauty will be exceptionally open to the public for free, towering 400 metres above the Arctic Ocean and, far, far away... the North Pole. The leap to higher latitudes will also bring different types of terrain, affecting the development of the race. After the first "underwater" mountain points ever (the exit from Magerøya island lies 5 metres below sea level!), two tough climbs will provide a springboard for the pluckiest punchers to attempt to smash the peloton to pieces, with the top of Vestfjordfjellet coming a mere 6 kilomtres before the finish.
The leap to higher latitudes will also bring different types of terrain, affecting the development of the race. After the first "underwater" mountain points ever (the exit from Magerøya island lies 5 metres below sea level), two tough climbs will provide a springboard for the pluckiest punchers to attempt to smash the peloton to pieces, with the top of Vestfjordfjellet coming a mere 6 ;kilometres before the finish.
Four new stages in stunning surroundings
Running from Thursday August 14th to 17th 2014, the 2nd edition of the Arctic race of Norway will be made up of 4 stages and will cover a total distance of 708 kilometres across Northern Norway and as far north as any cycling competition has ever been. The areas chosen represent some of the most spectacular of Norwegian nature which will create a perfect backdrop to some of the best cycling teams in the world.
The race will start above the Arctic Circle in the city of Hammerfest, the northernmost city in the world. The first stage will be 204 kilometers and will see the finish line on the North Cape. During the following two days the cyclists get to experience Honningsvåg, the northern lights town of Alta and a climb up Kvænangsfjellet. The route will cling to the spectacular coastline and the wild Norwegian nature and terrain, providing TV-viewers, spectators and cyclist with magnificent views and images along the route.
Sparks will fly in Tromsø
The 2014 Arctic Race of Norway will come to a close with a loop stage in the Arctic Town of Tromsø. The bunch will first roll around the coast of Kvaløya island before tackling a highly dynamic urban circuit in the streets of the largest city in northern Norway. With five laps in all, potentially decisive bonus seconds on offer at two intermediate sprints, a bump 2 km from the finish line and the prospect of a record-breaking crowd out to watch the first visit of the peloton, everything is in place for cycling fever to grip Tromsø and Norway.
The four stages in the Arctic Race of Norway 2014: Total 708 kilometres
- Stage 1 (14 August): Hammerfest – The North Cape (204 kilometres)
- Stage 2 (15 August): Honningsvåg – Alta (207 kilometres)
- Stage 3 (16 August): Alta – Kvænangsfjellet mountain (132 kilometres)
- Stage 4 (17 August): Tromsø – Tromsø (165 kilometres)
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