TOP cycling events of 2017

Source: Magnus Heinmets

TOP cycling events of 2017

Source: Magnus Heinmets

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 in 2017

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:

  • Tour of Estonia, May 26th - 27th, is a UCI class 2.1 professional race and part of the Europe Tour 2017. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the competition against countryside landscapes.
  • The Mulgi Cycling Marathon, May 20th, is organised by the Viljandi Cycling Club is an annual tradition, taking riders through routes in and around the beautiful South Estonian town.
  • Tartu Rattaralli, May 28th, is the biggest road cycling event in Eastern Europe with 7,500 riders, 3,600 of which are kids making this an affair for the whole family.
  • The world famous Ironman 70.3 triathlon will come to Otepää, South Estonia this August 5th. It is one of the most exciting events to watch as participants not only complete a 90km bike ride, but also swim and run.
  • Gran Fondo Estonia, August 20th, from Tallinn to Tartu is a unique group ride with routes between 100 and 250 kilometres. The Gran Fondo is not a race, but rather a celebration of Italian cycling culture and food. Up to 500 riders may participate in the twice annual event.
  • Tartu Cycling Marathon, September 23rd - 24th, 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.

For further events, check out:
The Estonian Cycling Union event calendar
Estonia Triathlon Association calendar
AeroBike list of road races and time trials in Estonia and Latvia

Last updated : 12.10.2017

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