Never before has a cycling race been arranged as far north as this year’s Arctic Race of Norway. Organizers announced its route last week, three months before it starts rolling out of Hammerfest, in the northern region of Finnmark.
Last year’s race won raves for its scenery, as racers rode around the scenic areas of Bodø, Lofoten and Vesterålen. The cyclists will be treated to more spectacular scenery as this year’s race runs from Hammerfest on August 14 to the North Cape, then south again to Honningsvåg, Alta and Kvænangsfjellet before ending in Tromsø.
“We’re talking about an Arctic cycling dream,” race director Knut-Erik Dybdal claimed when presenting the 2014 course. “Last year we had 150,000 spectators and we think we’ll have similar success this year.”
Meanwhile, further south in Hønefoss on Sunday, Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff won the fifth and last stage of this year’s Tour of Norway, which began in Gjøvik. Maciej Paterski of Poland placed fourth but won the overall race.