For the second time in history, Norway will host the northernmost road cycling competition in the world, the Arctic Race of Norway. From 14 – 17 August, visitors to Northern Norway can watch international and Norwegian cyclists test their endurance and courage over four stages of winding and mountainous roads. Last year the stages took place in Bodø, Svolvær, Stokmarknes and Harstad. This year the race will take place as far north as the North Cape and the final stage of the 2014 race will see the cyclists cross the finish line in Tromsø.
The event organizers are the Amaury Sports Organisation from France, which also manages famous races such as Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, and the Dakar Rally.
The four stages of the Arctic Race of Norway 2014 are:
- Stage 1 (14 August): Hammerfest – The North Cape (126 miles)
- Stage 2 (15 August): Honningsvåg – Alta (128 miles)
- Stage 3 (16 August): Alta – Kvænangsfjellet mountain (82 miles)
- Stage 4 (17 August): Tromsø – Tromsø (102 miles)
A major event for everyone
Last year, more than 150.000 spectators watched the race along the route, in an area of only 125.000 inhabitants total. Arctic Race of Norway is also a major media event, with global TV-coverage and in its first year the race became the 8th biggest race worldwide on social platforms.
The organizers admit to being struck by the beauty of Northern Norway when presented with the idea of a cycling race this far north. This year everyone involved are excited about featuring yet another part of this unique region.
Experience Arctic Race of Norway 2014 live
The popularity of road cycling in Norway has grown dramatically in the last 20 years, and thus the Arctic Race of Norway is not just for cyclists. Spectators and visitors now have the chance to enjoy the excitement of watching a major race, as well as experiencing the great wilderness and bustling cities of Northern Norway.
Keep in mind that there are only a limited number of hotel rooms available during the race. However, a number of other options available at all the host cities, such as camp sites, cabins and motels.
For travelers to this region arriving in July, the midnight sun can be experienced until 22 July in Tromsø and 27 July in Hammerfest.
The host cities welcome you
Read more about the host cities for Arctic Race of Norway 2014, and find information on accommodation, activities and how to get there:
Northern Norway is also popular for everyday cyclists, especially among those who like to go biking off-road. Read more about cycling in Norway.
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