Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race
The search for the heroes of tomorrow
Young Norwegian cyclists will get to rub shoulders with the elite by opening the road for them in the morning before the last stage of the Arctic Race of Norway, due to finish in Harstad on August 11. The organisers joined forces with the Norwegian Cycling Federation to launch the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race, thereby also incorporating one of the main programmes of Statoil, the main partner of the event. Seven regional teams, each with a maximum of four girls and six boys aged 17 or 18, will go head-to-head on a 6 km circuit of which the girls will complete eight laps (48 km, start at 10 am) and the boys thirteen (78 km, start at 11:50 am); the same circuit than the one which will see Thor Hushovd and co. competing a few hours later.
Amaury Sport Organisation
"This event is a powerful symbol of the close collaboration between the organisers of the Arctic Race of Norway, the Federation and Statoil, all of whom share the same vision. The Race of the Heroes of Tomorrow will give young talents a unique opportunity to race in the same conditions as the professionals and to open the road for them on this outstanding day of festivities in Harstad."
Yann Le Moënner
Managing Director – Amaury Sport Organisation
Norwegian Cycling Federation
Norway is a small country with only 15.000 licensed cyclists and only a 6-months season due to strong winter conditions all over the country from October to April.
Despite this, Norwegian cyclists have achieved good results from Olympic Gold medalist Knut Knudsen in 1972 to World Champions like Thor Hushovd in 2010 and the latest success of Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå in mountain biking this year.
Most of the Norwegian cyclists use the winter, through cross country skiing and indoor cycling for example, to build anaerobe capacity, a capacity in which Norwegian are known to outperform. The successes are a result of good dedicated activities in several districts and clubs during the last decades. To secure even better results and continuously growth in Norwegian cycling, the Federation has decided to reorganize the structure of cycling in Norway from 19 Districts to 7 Regions.
This will make it easier to develop the local clubs strength and increase the effectiveness; by centralizing the best riders in regional training groups and teams we believe that the riders' level will increase even more. The Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race is the first occasion where these Region Teams will compete as a team. It will be a unique opportunity to create a real Team spirit to develop elite attitude all over the country.
There will be 6 male and 4 female riders on each team. The boys will race 13 laps (total 78 km), and the girls 8 laps (total 48 km) on the final circuit of the last stage of the professional Arctic Race of Norway in Harstad. There will be individual winners, but the biggest rewards and prizes will go to the Region Team that have the best total points for boys and girls based on the ranking - not time.
The price money (60.000 NOK) will be dedicated to development of the youth activities in the regions that take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
«We are delighted and thankful to the organizers of the Arctic Race of Norway as well as Statoil, who have made this race possible.»
Harald Tiedemann Hansen
President of the Norwegian Cycling Federation (NCF)
The success of Statoil is to a large extent due to people with the ability and will to think differently, with the courage to make the impossible possible and with the competence and persistence to work hard to achieve remarkable results.
If we are to succeed in the future, we need more people like these. Not only in Statoil, but throughout society at large. We call them heroes of tomorrow.
Heroes inspires us and binds us together. We need such people – people who provide us with thrilling experiences, people to whom we can aspire. In addition to culture and sports, we need heroes within education – we need skilled professionals to solve the challenges the world are facing. That is why Statoil is supporting the heroes of tomorrow in sports, culture and education. For their benefit and for ours.
«Talent development is dependent on hard work, focus when times are tough and the ability to be inspired by new challenges. Through the Heroes of Tomorrow-program Statoil wishes to contribute to talents within sports, culture and education reach their peak potential. We are proud to support those who will thrill us with remarkable achievements in the years to come.»
Marius Rosenberg Amundsen
Head of Sponsorship Strategy - Statoil ASA
Race schedule (Sunday, 11 August - Harstad):
- 10h00 - 11h30: Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race - Girls (8 laps - 48 km)
- 11h50 - 14h00: Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race - Boys (13 laps - 78 km)
- ca. 15h45: 1st lap of the final circuit for the professional race (5 laps)
- ca. 16h40: Arctic Race of Norway race finish
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