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2014 Arctic cycle race gets a push. Hotel giants Scandic Hotels and Rica Eiendom club together to improve conditions up at 71 Degrees North. Their 4 million Norwegian kroner move (about 652,000 US dollars/476,400 euros/381,100 pounds sterling) applies to the finish of the Arctic Race of Norway’s first stage. This 204-kilometre-long route (about 126 miles) starts in Finnmark County’s Hammerfest and ends at Nordkapp (North Cape) on 14th August.

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2014 Arctic cycle race gets a push

Published on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 at 10:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Hotel giants Scandic Hotels and Rica Eiendom club together to improve conditions up at 71 Degrees North.

Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral
This sight can be seen if in Tromsø for the race's fourth stage.Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral
Photo: Henrik/Wikimedia Commons


Their 4 million Norwegian kroner move (about 652,000 US dollars/476,400 euros/381,100 pounds sterling) applies to the finish of the Arctic Race of Norway’s first stage.

This 204-kilometre-long route (about 126 miles) starts in Finnmark County’s Hammerfest and ends at Nordkapp (North Cape) on 14th August.

“The area in front of Nordkapphallen is part gravel-covered. We want to lay asphalt there as well as carry out several upgrades to the facility,” Scandic Hotels regional director Knut Sigurd Pettersen says in a statement that NRK quotes.

Stage two is a 207-kilometre (some 129 miles) ride between Honningsvåg and Alta (both in Tesla-hostile Finnmark County). It is scheduled for 15th August.

16th August sees competitors battle through mountainous terrain between Alta and Kvænangsfjellet in Troms County. This stage is 132 kilometres (roughly 82 miles).

Following the Kvænangsfjellet-Tromsø flight, the fourth and final stage on 17th August is Tromsø-Tromsø circular race over a distance of 165 kilometres (some 102 miles).

Facts:                                         

  • 2014 is the Arctic Race of Norway’s Second Edition.
  • HRH Queen Sonja of Norway is patron this year.
  • The peloton is 400 kilometres (about 249 miles) further north than last year.
  • Norwegian cycling champion, several-stage Tour De France winner, and Arctic Race 2013 victor Thor Hushovd will be defending his title.
  • London 2012 Olympics Norwegian Bronze medallist Alexander Kristoff will also be competing.
  • 20 teams, 120 riders participating this year – confirmed and final list ready soon.
  • Nordkapp is famous for the Midnight Sun, the Northern Lights, and its breath-taking scenery.
  • The northernmost point attainable in mainland Europe.
  • North Cape was rounded by British Explorer Richard Chancellor in 1533 while trying to find a sea route through the Northeast Passage.



Published on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 at 10:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: arctic, norway, hushovd, cycling, race.





  
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