Baltic Chain Tour which was supposed to be organised sixth year in a row is cancelled due to financial and cooperational difficulties. Race director Allar Tõnissaar has ambition to sort out all the difficulties and organise the tour again in 2017.
“When we started to organise modern Baltic Tour in 2011 we had no idea that it would be so difficult to organise the tour in three countries. Sharing budget, responsibilities, it should have been the cheapest and easiest way to organise multi-day tour in three tiny Baltic countries, but it did not turn out that way. Although the tour was longest in Northern Europe in 2013 and was longest proffessional cycling tour in the Baltics all these years, organising it was very difficult in many ways,” said mr Tõnissaar.
Joint Baltic cycling tour started already back in 1955. Til 1987 it was ridden approximately after every two years. After a long break from 1987 to 2011 the tour was held five years in a row. Mr Tõnissaar has ideas how to continue interesting and unique tour in the region.
“We have had contact with organisers in Finland and Sweden. Due to perfect ferry connection between the countries we could organise the tour in five countries – Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and in Lithuania. Hopefully getting Nordic countires into boat will help to resolve many issues and we will come back more organised and with a stronger budget,” mr Tõnissaar was hopeful.
Baltic Chain Tour organisers wish to thank everybody who was involved organising the tour in the past five years and hopefully we will together organise next tour in 2017.