Claiming to be Eastern Europe's largest road cycling event, the Estonian Cycling Weekend will commence its 10th year with a boom from the starting gun next week.
The action begins with a 186-kilometer trip from Tallinn to Tartu on May 27. On the following day, competitive cyclists will race around Tartu, and on May 29, thousands will tour the hilly southern Estonian landscape.
"The occasion got its start from a desire to bring top-level professional cyclists to Estonia, to offer local stars a quality competition, and to bring cycling into the mainstream spotlight," said spokesman Uko Urb.
A number of important international cycling clubs have found their way to the event in recent years, including AG2R, Oktos, Cofidis, Landbouwcredit Colnago and Jartazi. The races will also give Estonian cyclists a chance to collect points for entry into London's Olympic Games.