NorthCape4000 2018 Edition
Lake Garda, Italy. Just in this magical place, full of charm and kissed by beauty, the new edition of the NorthCape4000 will start on July 28, 2018. It will be a distinguishing edition for many reasons.
We will have a completely redesigned route and control gates, with the great novelty of the fixed track. This time, we will provide Riders with the complete and carefully designed track, which will take them from Lake Garda to North Cape, through an extraordinary geographical evolution that will cover 10 nations and 4200 km. All along the same road, our Riders will share an extraordinary experience that represents the very essence of Adventure. In addition, the 2018 news include the NC4K RoadBook, a useful tool for our riders, available in paper and digital version.
Finally, the media coverage of the event, which is an authentic pedigree of NorthCape4000, will be doubled in 2018. We will do things in a big way just like in the first edition: thanks to our service cars, Polar 1 and Polar 2, we will offer a massive and detailed media coverage for the entire duration of the event, from the departure from Italy to the Arctic Circle up to North Cape, thus giving even more voice, depth and power to the faces and exciting stories of our Riders.
But let's go back to the path. Close your eyes for a moment and view the majesty of the Alps. Imagine some of the most beautiful cities in the Old World, the timeless charm of Central Europe and the retro charm of Eastern Europe, tracts of forests, boundless countryside swept by the wind and places where history has left an indelible mark through the events of the European continent. Then, imagine pedalling in a natural paradise, Finland, along a route that, this time, will take you to the wildest part of the country, next to the border with Russia and the famous "Iron Curtain", namely the ideological boundary, even before physical boundary, which once separated two worlds and two ways of life. Then, go on northwards, next to crystal-clear lakes and up to Rovaniemi, the only Gate maintained from the 2017 edition and terrestrial coordinate not to be missed, in which the Arctic fairy tale takes shape, opening the doors of a magical world: Lapland. Finally, the last 600 km towards North Cape, where you will often wonder if it's a dream or not.
Now, reopen your eyes because all that is real and it's the background of what awaits you in the 2018 edition of NorthCape4000.
Gate, ferries and field conditions
For the 2018 edition of the NorthCape400 there are 4 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 four gates (checkpoints) are listed below:
• G1 - Prague
• G2 - Warsaw
• G3 - Tallinn
• G4 - Rovaniemi
The only ferries permitted during the NorthCape4000, to be booked at the discretion of the participants, are those listed below:
• Tallinn (Estonia) - Helsinki (Finland)
Any other sea routes are forbidden.
Are you ready to pedal across a whole continent? From the Mediterranean basin until the last strip of land of Europe before the North Pole. Such distances means that you will be travelling through a multitude of conditions and climatic regions. It is the responsibility of each and every participant to prepare themselves accordingly, taking into account conditions, climate, diverse cultural and regional considerations and every other organisational aspect, before and during the event.
NorthCape4000. Tailored Adventure.
All adventure seekers and Ultracycling lovers should be able to live an extraordinary experience as the conquest of the Arctic Circle while riding a bicycle. For this reason, at the NorthCape4000, Europe's longest bike adventure, there is space and freedom for different performance and philosophies.
Athletes who are able to ride for 300km a day or two-wheeled adventurers who dream of a campfire under a sky streaked with a thousand stars, the NorthCape4000 guarantees each participant to be able to live and share terrific experience from all points of view, and each with their own approach.
You all will start together from Lake Garda and only you will decide whether and with whom to share your way. Furthermore, you will have complete responsibility for all the other aspects of the challenge, from the management of the stages and the place where you rest up to the bike setup and the best equipment to deal with the distance and the incredible variety of landscapes and conditions that you will encounter towards North Cape. In the 2018 edition, you will have to follow a fixed path, which is the same for all participants and provided directly by the organization. A carefully studied track will accompany you through 10 nations and 4200 km, until you reach North Cape.
For all these reasons, in addition to the beauty of what you'll see, the NorthCape4000 is a challenge that brings with it a wealth of experience and autonomy unparalleled in the bikepacking world.
So, for whatever reason you decide to be at the start on July 28, we guarantee that you will return more aware and mature, with many unforgettable stories and experiences.
The North Cape or Nordkapp in Norwegian, or Davvenjárga in Northern Sami, is a cape on the northern coast of the island of Magerøya in Northern Norway. Lying within the Arctic Circle, here is a land of such magnificence, of such breathtaking beauty that it arouses the senses, fires the imagination and yet it can also be a harsh land, where mother nature can show both her tranquil and her malevolent side. A fitting destination for adventurers, travellers and those who enjoy, nay yearn for the challenge of cycling over 4500km unsupported.
From the lush, warm mediterranean climes, through the heart of Europe, always north; through valleys and mountain passes, through age old towns and cities, always heading north; through the forests of Lapland, and yet still north, eventually to arrive at the Barents Sea at the foot of the North Cape.
It is rumoured that the North Cape is indeed a magical land, a place where dreams and reality are in harmony, and with this is mind we have created the NorthCape4000. So prepare your senses for an amazing bike challenge, a journey for the body but also a journey for the heart and soul.