One continent, seven countries, over 4000km self-supported with a legendary destination, the Arctic Circle! This is the NorthCape 4000.

When

Date: July 29, 2017

Time: 8:30 am

Details

Cost: €196

http://www.northcape4000.com/en

Organizer: NORTHCAPE 4000

Email: Info@northcape4000.com

Where

Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence, Italy

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A bikepacker’s dream? Maybe. This epic adventure race starts in Florence, Italy and ends at the foot of the North Cape on the northernmost coast of the island of Magerøya in Norway. Each unsupported participant is free to use their preferred route, including all roads and trails open to bikes.

It is up to the individual to decide between using the more direct, yet busier routes or secondary roads which tend to see less traffic. There is also a 3rd option offering traffic free tranquility using cycle tracks, available for between 60% – 70% of the route up to the finish.

For the first edition of the NorthCape400 there are four Gates (checkpoints) along the route. These are strategically placed in areas of geographical significance and are the only obligatory points along the route. At each checkpoint, participants will be asked to validate their travel. If, for whatever reason, any or all of the gates are missed the participant will be automatically disqualified. The rest is up to the rider.

There are no time limits.

  • fauxpho

    I don’t get this event model. WTF is the point? You pay 200 euros for the “honor” to be put on their finishers list? The event doesn’t even have a specific route to follow. Riders are literally on their own to determine a bicycle friendly path from point A to B. What exactly are the promoters providing in return for the $13,000 they raise from the 60 “lucky” registrants? No support, no routefinding, nothing . . . just 4 “gates” they confirm you pass through and a place on the finisher list.
    I don’t get why anyone would pay $200+ and be confined to a specific start date in return for, essentially, nothing.
    I absolutely LOVE the route data here on bikepacking.com, with full GPX tracks to an incredible variety of rides. This event seems like the polar opposite (pun intended).

  • Definitely an odd one!

  • Alastair Dent

    Also extremely bizarre to run it on the same dates as the TCR.

  • Mikefromthedead

    Jesus, mate! Get out of your comfort zone and indulge in an adventure far off the gpx tracks that other people have discovered for you. What you will provided with is the adventure of a life-time and beeing able to race it against like-minded people at your own pace. The organisiers need nothing other to do than bringing these people to the starting line at the same time and try to give a glimpse of every riders story along the way up to the finish. Also, you most likely will not have to bother with middle-aged managers who pop dodgy substances all year round just to win a plastic medal for crossing the alps once. These people most likely will not be attrackted by such a race. Welcome to the core roots of racing your bike: just for the heck of it! Plus, speaking from the view of an amateur-level cyclist: what’s the point of riding on roads closed for public traffic against (half-)professional cyclists or having full supported staff vehicles for each rider that make decision making capabilities of the individual obsolete? I mean, what’s the difference to track cycling other than having it outside on the roads? I’d rather see more of the TCRs or the NC4ks and alikes that feature your “average Joes” having to struggle against and overcoming the unforeseen in such a race than seeing another one of the glossy, money driven, drug-infected pro-cycling events that are out there already…

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