Nearly 8000 participants in Tartu MTB Marathon’s weekend, Estonians triumphed in the main race


Photo: Ardo Säks

As of preliminary data, 5152 cyclists took part in the three distances of the 22nd Tartu Rattamaraton (Tartu MTB Marathon), the 3rd biggest of its kind in the World.

The event was held in South-Estonia. The tracks of 89, 40 and 21 km run between Estonian winter capital Otepää and a small town Elva. Yesterday, on the 14th of September, more than 2500 children took part in the children’s races of the marathon held in Tartu, the second biggest town in Estonia.

In the main race (89 km), the decisive attack took place 20 km before the end when former Cofidis rider Gert Jõeäär managed to distance the others. He beat one of the best MTB riders in Estonia, Peeter Pruus (+1.44) and another compatriot Josten Vaidem (+2.23). It is the first time that an Estonian won the Tartu MTB Marathon since 2015.

The best woman today was Janelle Uibokand, who also won the Tartu MTB Marathon in 2014. She finished ahead of Latvians Lelde Ardava and Beate Kovgere.