This years Baltic Chain Tour which takes place from 18. – 21. august, was revived in 2011 as a joint decision of the cycling federations of the three Baltic countries. During the four stages, the participants cross all three countries – they start from Panevežys in Lithuania and finish in Tallinn. Several famous teams have already registered for the stage race, and additional events in Tartu and Tallinn are waiting for riders and enthusiasts to ride.
“The interest of foreign clubs in participating in the bike tour is alive and I believe that the race level will be very strong,” said Allar Tõnissaar, the main organizer of the BCT race. “It is a pleasure to note that once again all three Baltic countries are contributing to the success of the tour – the last time this happened was in 2018. But “common breathing” is back, and along with Estonia and Latvia, Lithuanians are also able to contribute to the continuation of the tour that emphasizes the unity of the Baltics and the sovereignty of the countries. Working together and standing side by side for common values is becoming more and more important in today’s world,” he added.
Based on the initial assignment, the UCI 2.2 category multi-day race included in the calendar of the UCI will be fully representative. On the tour, you will meet a jersey that also caught the eye of the just-ended Tour de France: Alpecin-Deceuninck, who earned two stage victories at the Tour de France in the form of Jasper Philipsen, is represented on the Baltic Chain Tour with a development team. National teams of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, whose ranks include riders from World Tour clubs, will certainly be very strong, as well as the German national team.
At the same time as the Baltic Chain Tour, several additional events will take place that offer riding opportunities for those bike lovers who have not yet earned their professional bread – in Tartu on august 20th, the I Retro Ride organized by the Austa Rattaklubi will take place, in Tallinn you can test yourself at the Lauri Aus memorial race and the TTP Youth Tour organized by the CFC Cycling Club.
Baltic Chain Tour 2022 stages:
18. august Panevežys – Panevežys, 156 km (Lithuania)
19. august Jelgava – Sigulda, 147 km (Latvia)
20. august Tartu – Antsla – Valga, 186 km
21. august Kuremaa – Tallinn, 207 km
All stages of the Baltic Chain Tour can be seen live via live videobroadcast. Exact information about the stages, routes, movement times and other important information can be found on the tour’s website: balticchaintour.com