Arctic Race of Norway : the search for the heroes of tomorrow

news08.07.2013Pre-race

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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 race organisers joined forces with the Norwegian Cycling Federation to launch the "Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race" (Arctic Morgendagens Helter Rittet), 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. The 60,000 Norwegian kroner in prizes will go towards training riders in the regions whose representatives snap up the top three places in a classification decided not by time, but by points.

"Honing one's talent requires hard work, gritting one's teeth when things get tough, and being able to set oneself new challenges", stresses Marius Rosenberg Amundsen, the head of Statoil ASA's sponsoring strategy. "With the Heroes of Tomorrow programme, Statoil wants to help talented riders achieve their maximum sporting, cultural and educational potential. We are happy to contribute to the development of those who will have us on the edge of our seats in a few years."

"We are happy and grateful towards the organisers of the Arctic Race of Norway, who made this project possible", says a happy Harald Tiedemann Hansen, the president of the Norwegian Cycling Federation, which has 15,000 members in a sport which can only be practised six months a year in their country due to the climate conditions prevailing the rest of the time.

Amaury Sport Organisation, one of the race stakeholders, welcomes this opportunity for young cyclists: "This event is a powerful symbol of the close collaboration of the Federation, the organisers of the Arctic Race of Norway 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."

The day before, Saturday August 10, a mass event will bring cyclists of all levels together on a 48 km circuit starting (between 8 and 11 am) and ending in Harstad, with a feeding zone at the famous Nupen viewpoint, overlooking the Norwegian Sea. Information and registration under: www.harstad-cykleklubb.no.

Race schedule (Sunday, 11 August – Harstad):

10h00 - 11h30: Girls Race (8 laps - 48 km)
11h50 - 14h00: Boys Race (13 laps - 78 km)
15h45: 1st lap of the final circuit for the professional race (5 laps)
16h40: Arctic Race of Norway race finish

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