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The bike festival includes Europe’s toughest offroad ride leading 300 or 700 km non stop through the wilderness of Finnmarksvidda, the Finnmark Mountain Plateau. The onroad race on444 runs along roads through the same landscape. In addition there is a great number of shorter rides, conserts and other events.
The bike festival is centered in Alta, Finnmark’s biggest city. Here all the races, both on road and off road, start. Opening ceremonies and races for children and families take place here.
The race Offroad Finnmark is a challenge for experienced off road bikers in good shape. The course goes along dirt tracks and paths, but at some sections there is no track at all, and you must carry the bike across the rivers. The terrain varies from low, heather-clad hills to birch-forested valleys and bogs, lakes and rivers. Checkpoints with compulsory rest manned by experienced and knowledgeable volunteers are placed at the legendary fjellstuer (mountain refuges) in the wilderness. Teams of two-three people compete in the challenges on700 (700km) or of300. In the races DNBof150 as well as the youth and children events you can participate alone.
As a runner of Onroad Finnmark (www.onroadfinnmark.no) you can look forward to an impressive landscape with very little traffic. Your strength is tested on 444 km of good-standard roads leading through forests, along fjords and through the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau. If this is too demanding, we recommend the shorter distances (174 or 244 km).