An exciting Estonian-Latvian duel expected in Tartu MTB Marathon this Sunday, Vuelta stage winner Rein Taaramäe also in the start line


Photo from the Tartu MTB Marathon start in 2020. Author: Ardo Säks.

This Sunday, September 19th, the 24th Tartu MTB Marathon will take place. Strong Estonian and Latvian cyclists are expected to the start line, among others also the recent Vuelta stage winner Rein Taaramäe

An Estonian-Latvian duel

Gert Jõeäär, the winner of 2019 and Peeter Tarvis, who finished third last year, will definitely compete for the highest podium places. Of course, Estonian professional cyclists cannot be left out: Rein Taaramäe (last participated in the MTB Marathon in 2005) and Mihkel Räim (last participated in 2018).

On the Latvian side, the two-time winner of Tartu MTB Marathon (2014 and 2016), Andzs Flaksis, and Maris Bogdanovics, who finished second last year, will compete.

Among women, the best cyclists of recent years are present. From the Estonian side, last year's winner Janelle Uibokand, 2015 winner Liisa Ehrberg as well as a strong mountain biker Mari-Liis Mõttus will take part. Latvian two-time winner Lelde Ardava and last year's third woman Katrina Jaunslaviete-Kipure will also compete for the highest podium places.

Among others, also the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will take part in the race, starting on the longest,  89 km, distance.

Covid certification and testing

All people 18 years and older are checked for COVID safety. There are 3 options for proof: vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test result certificate valid on the day of the race (antigen test is valid for 48 h, PCR test is valid for 72 h). There is also an on-site testing option available. Read more about certificates and testing HERE.

No more plastic dishes in finish catering

Organisers will continue with an environmentally friendly behaviour. Only reusable dishes (cups and soup bowls) will be used in the finish catering. Participants get the dishes for a deposit, wish will be given back when returning the dishes. Organisers also encourage participants to bring their own drinking bottles or a set of camping dishes to the finish canteen.

On Saturday, September 18th, kids races will take place in Tartu Tähtvere Sports Park. According to age, the distances are between 400 m and 5.1 km. In addition, it is possible to participate in the virtual race until September 26th.