TOP cycling events

Photo: Magnus Heinmets

TOP cycling events

You don't have to be a professional cyclist to explore Estonia's beauty on two wheels.
Bike riding is a healthy way to experience nature at your own pace. Besides leisurely afternoon joyrides, visitors to Estonia can also participate in some of Europe's biggest cycling competitions. There are events suitable for all skill levels and ages.

The open road

During long summer days, a cyclist could tour Estonia in about two weeks. 

Photo by: Oliver Moosus

BMX, cyclocross, road and mountain biking

The varied terrain and seasons in Estonia provide prime cycling opportunities; the country is relatively flat (the highest point, Suur Munamägi, is only 318 metres), roads are free of heavy traffic, and the distances between sights are short yet scenic. Professional, high speed road races take place on winding countryside routes, while mountain bikes, fat-bikes and cyclocross bikes conquer off-road tracks. Short-distance fun rides for beginners and children where no one gets left behind are a perfect summertime nature outing. You can transport your bike from abroad or rent one from a number of shops, hotels and leisure facilities.

Riding together 

Some events, such as the Gran Fondo, are relaxed, non-competitive group rides. 

Photo by: Magnus Heinmets

Bike races and events

There are cycling races and bike rides happening almost every week across Estonia between May and September. Here are the events you don't want to miss:

  • Gran Fondo Estonia, 30th April and 20th August. This year Tartu (Estonian second biggest city) is the starting point. Only 350 riders.
  • Tour of Estonia, May 25th - 26th, is a UCI class professional race. The tour starts in Tallinn and ends in Tartu.
  • On the 28th of May, Tartu Rattaralli will take place. This is open for all cycling enthusiasts and is the follow-up event of Tour of Estonia.
  • Expedition Estonia, June 22-23rd. It is a non-stop coast to coast multisport race: on foot, by bike and canoe/kayak. And it starts on the shortest night of Estonian summer!
  • For the first time Full Distance Ironman will be held in Estonia, in Tallinn, 4th August. Altogether there will be more than 1000 triathletes from all over the world in the start.
  • Tartu Cycling Marathon, September 16th, is the largest mountain bike race in the Baltics and the third largest in the world. A children's mini marathon is also on the programme.
  • IM Tallinn on August 4th that is Europe's most eastern IRONMAN.
  • Expedition Estonia that organises all sorts of events happening in the nature all year round.

Cycling community is more and more active and every week(end) you can find different organised free rides for MTB/FAT bikes in endless single tracks or road bikes on roads with small traffic.

For further events, check out:

Estonia Triathlon Association calendar
AeroBike list of road races and time trials in Estonia and Latvia

Last updated : 19.10.2018

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