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Event took riders 4,000 kilometres from Florence to the Arctic Circle

On the same weekend the fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race got under way this summer, a new bikepacking race began in Europe – this one taking the riders 4,000 kilometres from Italy to Norway.

Now, the organisers of the race, called the NorthCape4000, have looking back at this year’s inaugural event.

In all, 41 riders completed the unsupported race from Florence to the North Cape, which lies within the Arctic Circle and features a plateau sitting on a 307-metre-high cliff.

Along the way, participants had to pass through four compulsory checkpoints, in Innsbruck, Nuremberg, Stockholm and Rovaniemi, the capital of Finland’s Lapland region, where the checkpoint was located in Santa Claus’s office.

The NorthCape4000 will return next year, with a start date of 28 July, and you can find more information on the event’s website which is available in both Italian and English.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.