Tartu Rattaralli

Short history of Tartu Rattaralli

During the years when the Olympic Gold medalist of 1976 and world champion Aavo Pikkuus had made cycling extremely popular, the idea of organizing a cycling race similar to Tartu Maraton was brought alive. The main bigwig was the famous cycling coach Rein Kirsipuu.

The first Tartu Rattaralli took place in May 1982 and started from the main square of Tartu. That year, there were 362 riders in the finish. Many serious fights and discussions were held to decide the right distances and level of difficulty. As there had not been any similar races in Estonia, at first the long and difficult distances frightened everyone. But when the riders finished the first race in Põlva, 46,7 km from Tartu, the organizers saw that the fear was meaningless: riders also rode their bikes back to Tartu.

The positive message from those riders encouraged about 1000 people to take part in the next race. Many different vehicles were used, and that is why ranking was classified: road bicycles, professionial bicycles, tandems and foldable bicycles. The course of Tartu Rattaralli has varied within years. Present 133 km from Tartu to Otepää and back through Elva has been the same for many years. Start and finish are in the same place – by the Aura Center in the city center of Tartu. Because of different road work in 2007, the race was held on an original course from Tartu to Põlva, and then following the old Võru road to Otepää and then back to Tartu. This course was very warmly accepted by the participants.

In 1984 – 1989 Tartu Rattaralli had ca 3000-4000 participants per year. Political changes decreased the numbers drastically. The new growth started in 1998 and 1999. Present Tartu Rattaralli races have altogether over 4000 participants on main event and over 3000 on childrens' event. The popularity is largely grown also thanks to the professional riders. For fanciers the race still remains as a competition with themselves, their friends or neighbours!

Tartu Rattaralli also has it’s position as the biggest cycling race in neighbouring countries. Accompanied by the UCI Europe Tour class 1.1 race it is the final event of the May’s cycling festival Estonian Cycling Weekend

Winners

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year distance winner country time ladies' winner (overall rank) country time
1982 46,7 km Oleg Ljadov EST 1:03.30 Erika Salumäe (42) EST 1:11.20
1983 101 km Mihkel Joosep EST 2:08.28 Anda Kirilova (154) LAT 2:50.00
1984 101 km Riho Suun EST 2:15.06 Tatjana Tshirkina (54) * 2:24.58
1985 106 km Arvi Tammesalu EST 2:26.07 Inguna Putninja (33) LAT 2.39.14
1986 122 km Toomas Kirsipuu EST 2:45.18 Inguna Putninja (103) LAT 3.16.36
1987 122 km Vladimir Poltoratski KAZ 2:50.22 Elita Gusaka (251) LAT 3:44.49
1988 122 km Uldis Ansons LAT 2:44.32 Tatjana Volkova (79) RUS 3:02.45
1989 122 km Arnolds Urdis LAT 2:56.39 Galina Naumova (226) RUS 3.34.51
1990 129 km Lauri Resik EST 3:00.05 Lilja Beljajeva (100) RUS 3.31.58
1991 129 km Jaan Kirsipuu EST * Tiina Pallas  EST *
1992 117 km Janek Ermel EST 2:53.38 Tiina Pallas (60) EST 3:10.30
1993 120 km Lauri Resik EST 3:00.26 Siiri Plaan (52) EST 3:06.03
1994 120 km Marko Rebane EST 3:09.04 Tiina Pallas (62) EST 3:49.14
1995 124 km Margus Salumets EST 3.14.28 Riina Toomis (79) EST 3.49.37
1996 162 km Janek Ermel EST 4:11.39 Tiina Pallas (36) EST 4:50.10
1997 171 km Lauri Resik EST 4:46.22 Riina Toomis (39) EST 5:25.21
1998 171 km Alges Maasikmets EST 4:15.14 Tiina Pallas (64) EST 5:27.00
1999 136 km Lauri Aus EST 3:19.34 Riina Toomis (91) EST 3:37.10
2000 136 km Jaan Kirsipuu EST 3.12.58 Riina Toomis (74) EST 3:30.28
2001 136 km Jacky Durand FRA 3:20.59 Riina Toomis (83) EST 3:41.48
2002 133 km Janek Tombak EST 3:02.52 Grete Pedmanson (Treier) (153) EST 3:30.24
2003 133 km Erki Pütsep EST 3:06.22 Grete Treier (144) EST 3:38.21
2004 133 km Jaan Kirsipuu EST 3:07.33 Grete Treier (115) EST 3:26.35
2005 133 km Andrus Aug EST 3:10.11 Evelin Ansip (233) EST 3:44.33
2006 133 km Alexandr Khatuntsev RUS 3:00.38 Laura Lepasalu (100) EST 3:07.28
2007 126 km Lukasz Podolski POL 2:49.21 Grete Treier (68) EST 2:51.37
2008 133 km Aidis Kruopis LTU 3:07.12 Liisa Ehrberg (210) EST 3:32.29
2009 125 km Janek Tombak EST 2:52.08 Maaris Meier (74) EST 2:58.48
2010 133 km Vytautas Kaupas LTU 3:04.01 Grete Treier (38) EST 3:04.28
2011 135 km Jimmy Rönn SWE 3:04.06 Liisi Rist (109) EST 3:11.18
2012 137 km Rene Joergensen DEN 2:59.34 Grete Treier (32) EST 3:01.53
2013 135 km Gert Jõeäär EST 3:07.37 Grete Treier (40) EST 3:11.54
2014 133 km Samuel Pökälä FIN 3:01.07 Liisa Ehrberg (43) EST 3:05.16
2015 142 km Andrii Kulyk UKR 3:14:30 Liisa Ehrberg (81) EST 3:24:23
2016 135 km Matti Manninen FIN 3:00:46 Liisa Ehrberg (41) EST 3:04:11