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A piece of the Arctic Race of Norway for everyone
logo-arcticchallenge Fortified by the popular success enjoyed by the first edition of the Arctic Race of Norway and the presence of more than 150,000 cycling enthusiasts along the roadsides of the North in 2013, this year the event will again be offering the opportunity to enjoy the Norwegian landscapes, which provide an exceptional setting for all types of cycling and all types of cyclists. As a result, the finest roads of northern Norway will once again be open to enthusiasts of all ages. Whilst Thor Hushovd and the pack will be putting on the show, the general public, also on their bicycles, will make these four days in August a genuine celebration of all cycling disciplines, via the ARN Challenge, Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race and SNN Mini Arctic Race.

Cycling for all tastes
With no less than three events planned for amateur cyclists as part of the Arctic Race of Norway Challenge, the opportunity will be open to all cycling enthusiasts, whether experienced or not, to take advantage of the 2014 route. Whilst the most seasoned riders can test themselves on the roads of the fourth stage the day before the professionals (by riding the timed stretch of 94 kilometres on the Ride the Tromsø Stage), the less hardened will also have the opportunity to Conquer the North Cape (a 32-km bike ride to the North Cape, just several hours before the riders come through) and open the road for the pack in a unique and spectacular environment. Lastly, The Great Bike Festival, a 25-km ride open to all in the city of Tromsø, will be the ideal occasion to get together among family and friends to celebrate cycling in a friendly atmosphere.

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Cycling for all ages
More than just a simple race, the Arctic Race of Norway is today a veritable festival of cycling open to all enthusiasts from the very youngest age. In 2013 already, more than 2,000 children took part in the events organised as part of the SNN Mini Arctic Race. This year again, SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, the green jersey official partner, decided to repeat the experience by once again organising fun events on roads closed to traffic. In Hammerfest, Honningsvåg, Alta and Tromsø, many free races will provide children aged 5 to 12 years old with the opportunity of imitating their glorious elders over distances adapted to their age.

Since the Norwegian roads are bursting with gifted young cyclists, the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race will again take place with the aim of revealing and putting the spotlight on talents from the North who, like Hushovd, Boassen-Hagen or Kristoff, will perhaps make up the professional pack in several years’ time. On 17th August, seven Norwegian teams as well as three international squads (from Russia, Finland and the United Kingdom) made up of riders aged 17 and 18 years will battle for victory in the streets of Tromsø, on the final circuit of the Arctic Race, as a curtain-raiser to the final stage.

Less than a month before the start of the race, the roads leading to the North Cape are ready, and everyone is invited to tackle them!

The programme of events for the Arctic Race of Norway Challenge:
14/08 – Conquer the North Cape: Honningsvåg –North Cape (32 km)
16/08 – Ride the Tromsø Stage: Kvaløya Island (94 km)
16/08 – The Great Bike Festival: Tromsø (25 km).



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