Hawaii Express 43. Tartu Rattaralli
Tartu Rattaralli is one of the oldest mass participation cycling events in Europe with a history dating back to 1982 when the first event took place. The 43rd edition of this legendary race with 8000 participants will for the third time be a qualifier event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. The event starts and finishes in the city center of Tartu, the second city in Estonia and winds through mainly flat roads in southern Estonia.
Tartu, with its population of around 100,000 in an area of 154 square kilometres, is the second largest city in Estonia. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030, making it the oldest city in the Baltic States. Tartu has played an important role in the development of Estonian culture and national consciousness: the first national elite stemmed from the local university, the first newspapers and cultural societies, the first national theater – all began their work here, and the first national song festival took place here as well.
Tartu has all the best of the globally new but with the local advantage – the costs are lower, security is higher and the air is cleaner than in Tallinn, Helsinki or New York. The city successfully combines modern infrastructure and facilities with a green and friendly environment. A serene park with medieval ruins and a river running through the city give it a romantic allure. Part of its appeal is the way Tartu blends old and new – walking through the city, one can literally touch its history, at the same time feeling a renewed energy and curiosity about what the future will bring.
At every corner in Tartu, there are concert venues, exhibition halls, theatres, churches, museums and charming little cafés as well as various pubs and restaurants. An inseparable part of the city is its students who comprise around a quarter of the population and generate a lot of fun and energy. There is a lively cultural scene with something for every taste as exciting events and festivals take place all year round.
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Tartu Rattaralli can be considered as a mainly flat race, although the road will always go slightly up and down. The longest hill on the course comes after 21km and is 1.5km long. Total elevation is only 620m for a 128km distance.
The start and finish are given at the Turu Street in the city center of Tartu and will have closed roads in the city center and in other major centers in smaller villages. In between, incoming road traffic is put on the side of the road by the many policemen and motor marshals. The event is often ridden in larger groups who are accompanied by a moto.
There is also a shorter 56km event who is not qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The start of the main event is at 11.00am.