General information about Saimaa Cycle Tour

Saimaa Cycle Tour 2022 will take place on 8-9 July 2022. The first group will depart at 7 pm. The maximum number of participants per group will be 50 cyclists and groups will departure every two minutes. The start will be done in show style and the starting group will cycle back and forth along the Imatrankoskentie, going around the roundabout. The timing will not start until the junction of Imatrankoskentie and Helsingintie.

Online registration for the event is open until the end of the day on Wed 6 July. You can also register for the event at the event venue at Imatra's Inkeri Square on Thu 7 July from 4 pm to 8 pm and Fri 8 July from 9 am to 8 pm. Registration can be made and paid at the event office at Inkeri Square. See the price list under Registration fees.

Details of the services included in the different routes can be found on the registration page.

Saimaa Cycle Tour 300 km Price
Registration fee until 6 July 2022 150 €
Registration fee at the event office 7-8 June 2022 170 €
Jaakko Hänninen Tour 85 km Price
Registration fee until 6 July 2022 75 €
Registration fee at the event office 7-8 June 2022 85 €
Children under 16 years of age -50% of the current price.
Ruokolahti Tour 38 km Price
Registration fee until 6 July 2022 40 €
Registration fee at the event office 7-8 June 2022 50 €
Children under 16 years of age -50% of the current price.

For event rules and registration conditions, see the links below:

Event rules
Registration conditions

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic may cause changes to the event or prevent the whole event from taking place. As the Saimaa Cycle Tour is an outdoor event, there are many ways to prepare for the restrictions in force at any given time. Possible guidelines or restrictions issued by the authorities may also affect, for example, whether participants will be required to have a corona passport.

If the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic prevents the event from taking place, all registrations will be carried over to the following year free of charge.

Imatra has several free parking areas within 5 km of the departure area.

The map of car parks will be updated in the spring of 2022!

Guarded bicycle storage points can be found at the Imatra Sports Hall and at the event area at Imatra's Inkerinaukio.

  • Imatra Sports Hall, Kotipolku 2, Imatra // Guarded bicycle storage is available from Friday 8 July 5pm until Saturday 9 July 5pm
  • Event area at Inkerinaukio, Imatra // Guarded bicycle storage is open on Thursday 7 July 7.7. at 4pm – 8:30pm, and from Friday 8 July 9am until Saturday 9 July 5pm

The bicycle that comes to storage must have the name and/or participant's entry number. Bicycles with a name will be handed over against an identity document (e.g. driving licence) and bicycles with an entry number will be handed over against the participant's entry number.

The guarded storage point is located at the Imatra Sports Hall at Kotipolku 2, Imatra. The guarded storage point is open from Friday 9 July at 17:00 to Saturday 10 July at 17:00.

All items left in the storage room must be marked with your name or participation number and will only be handed over upon presentation of an identity card (e.g. driving licence) or participation number.

The Saimaa Cycle Tour will be photographed by several film crews.

Saimaa Cycle Tour will also be photographed by Sportograf, the world's leading mass sports event photography service, whose images will be available for purchase after the event on Sportograf's online service. Sportograf will also use automated filming points, with additional lighting during low light hours, e.g. flash lights.

Simaa Cycle Tour reserves the right to use photographs and videos taken of participants during the event for marketing purposes. If a participant wishes his/her photo not to be used in advertising, he/she is requested to contact Saimaa Cycle Tour immediately after the event.

Prior to the event

The Saimaa Cycle Tour event office is located at Inkerinaukio in Imatrankoski. See the location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/wGULGedLHHFtDomJ8

Thursday 7 July 2022

When picking up your numbers, tell us your last name and your route and you will receive an envelope containing your bib numbers and a timing chip/number to be attached to the seat post. Instructions for attaching the numbers can be found in the envelope. If there are people with the same name registered, please be prepared to prove your identity.

The event office is open from 4 pm to 8 pm (on-site registration and number collection).

Friday 8 July 2022

The event office is open from 9 am to 8 pm (on-site registration and number collection). The first group will leave at 7 pm.

Saturday 9 July 2022

The first cyclists arrive in Imatra in the night hours. The finish line closes on Saturday 8 July at 3 pm. The changing rooms and showers close at 5pm. The bike parks and storage close at 5 pm.

The Saimaa Cycle Tour route Road Book shows the points on the route that require special attention from cyclists.

The Saimaa Cycle Tour is mainly cycled in normal road traffic and traffic rules are followed on the route. Other traffic will be warned and guided at major intersections and especially at places identified as dangerous in advance, e.g. road crossings. For safety reasons, parts of the route will be made one-way for the duration of the event. Other traffic will be closed in the start and finish areas.

Download Saimaa Cycle Tour Road Book 2022

Please come to the event with a bike that is maintained and in good condition.

If you need help before the event, there are bike service points of Saimaa Cycle Tour partners in the Imatra Inkerinaukio area. These service points will be able to help you with the maintenance of your bike.

If you need maintenance for your bike, come on time. Bike maintenance is free, but there is a charge for spare parts.

Changing rooms and showers can be found at the Imatra Sports Hall at Kotipolku 2, Imatra (Google Maps).

The changing rooms and showers are open from Fri 8 July at 5 pm to Sat 9 July at 5 pm.

During the event

There are 8 service points along the 300 km Saimaa Cycle Tour route, two of which also serve hot food. Lisäksi lähdössä tarjolla on High5 sport drink ja water. Jaakko's Tour 85 km has two service points and Ruokolahti Tour 38 km has a single service point.

SAIMAA CYCLE TOUR 300 KM SERVICE POINTS

Two service points will serve warm food and at the finish a cold pasta salad is served. Please note that if you have not indicated any dietary restrictions in your profile when registering, you will not eat vegetarian or gluten-free food, so that those who need it can have their own portions. We are unable to accommodate other special diets or allergens.

51 km Lappeenranta harbour - Sand Castle

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Karelian pies with rye crust and rice filling (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

93 km Savitaipale

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Bread + jam (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

122 km Salmiranta - Suomenniemi (food service)

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Bread + jam (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt
  • Warm food: Macaroni casserole or Vegan pasta casserole (also gluten and dairy free)

163 km Kirkonvarkaus bridge - Mikkeli

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Bananas
  • Sweet bun
  • Karelian pies with rye crust and rice filling (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

191 km Huoseuksenniemi - Anttola

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Salted rye chips by Linkosuo
  • Bananas
  • Bread + jam (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

222 km Sahanlahti Resort - Puumala (food service)

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Karelian pies with rye crust and rice filling (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt
  • Oatmeal risotto with chicken (also vegetarian and gluten free available)
  • Non-alcoholic Tsingtao 0.0 beer

248 km Old Border

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Sun-Maid raisins
  • Bananas
  • Bread + jam (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

280 ​​km Ruokolahti - Church Hill

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Salted rye chips by Linkosuo
  • Sweet bun
  • Sea salt

300 km Finish - Inkerinaukio, Imatra

  • Smoked salmon pasta salad or Vegan pasta salad (gluten and dairy free)
  • Non-alcoholic Tsingtao 0.0 beer
  • Vellamo natural mineral water

JAAKKO'S TOUR 85 KM SERVICE POINTS

19 ​​km Ruokolahti - Church Hill

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Salted rye chips by Linkosuo
  • Sweet bun
  • Sea salt

42 km Äitsaari

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Sun-Maid raisins
  • Bananas
  • Karelian pies with rye crust and rice filling (also gluten free)
  • Sea salt

RUOKOLAHTI TOUR 38 KM SERVICE POINTS

19 ​​km Ruokolahti - Church Hill

  • Water
  • High5 sport drink
  • Coffee by Lehmus Roastery
  • Blueberry soup by Juustoportti
  • Pickles
  • Salted rye chips by Linkosuo
  • Sweet bun
  • Sea salt

The event will follow traffic rules. The event is open to all traffic, so it is your responsibility to be aware of the traffic environment in which you are riding.

Every participant cycles at their own risk and with their own insurance (we recommend that you also check your own bicycle insurance cover with your insurance company).

Drive on the right-hand side of the road whenever possible and stay in your own lane. Also, always respect traffic outside the event (being at the event does not give you the right to commit traffic offences). Also be careful when overtaking other cyclists or groups of cyclists and leave adequate safety clearance for other cyclists when overtaking.

If you need to use your phone, please stop and go to the roadside to make a call. The use of radios or headphones while cycling is also prohibited. If you need to stop, move your bike off the road to avoid danger to other cyclists, vehicles or yourself.

There are hundreds of traffic controllers along the route. The route is also marked with hundreds of clear traffic control and warning signs to help you anticipate dangerous places and stay on the route. Always obey the traffic controllers' instructions to stop. Pay particular attention at junctions and crossroads, because despite the hundreds of traffic controllers and warning signs, there are small junctions on the route where there is no traffic control.

Finnish law prohibits littering. Do not throw any rubbish into the nature, but bring it with you to the nearest service point and put it in the rubbish bin.

You can also throw your rubbish in the three rubbish areas marked along the route. The litter areas will be announced on advance signs 10 km, 5 km and 1 km before the start of the area. The start and end of the litter zones are marked by large signs with a clear colour coding:

Green = Litter zone starts

Red = Litter zone ends

According to the Finnish Road Traffic Act, front and rear lights must be used when cycling at dusk and in the dark.

During the Saimaa Cycle Tour darkeness starts around 11:30 pm and ends around 3:30 am.

A bike service tent is available at all service points at the event. From there you can get help with the most common technical problems. There will also be Saimaa Cycle Tour service vehicles cruising along the route to help participants if needed.

Service work at the bike service points or from a service vehicle is free of charge, but all the necessary spare parts are subject to a fee and must be paid to the event organiser or partners.

In the event of an intermediate breakdown, the first task of each participant is to prevent further damage and the first priority is to repair the breakdowns themselves or with the help of a cyclist.

  • When a breakdown occurs, inform your fellow cyclists and immediately move to the right-hand side of the road.
  • Don't panic or get upset, but check the necessary maintenance
  • If it's a service you can do yourself and you have the necessary equipment and tools, take your time.
  • If you do not know or are unable to carry out the necessary maintenance, wait for the organiser's service vehicle on the route, which can help you with the most common maintenance operations.
    • The service is free of charge but any spare parts or major equipment must be paid for by the organiser or their partner.
    • Please note that you may have to wait for a service vehicle
    • Position yourself where you can be seen and when the service vehicle approaches, raise your hand clearly to signal for assistance.
  • If the service cannot be carried out at the roadside, a service vehicle can take you and your bike to the nearest service point.

In the event of a collision or other situation leading to possible injury, the first task of every cyclist is to prevent further injuries.

The organiser has a first-aid officer who can be reached by phone on the event hotline number, which can be found on the participation number. He or she will direct the necessary emergency medical assistance to the scene.

  • As stipulated in the Finnish Road Traffic Act, everyone has a duty to help in the event of a road accident. Please, always help in the event of a collision.
  • Don't panic or get upset, but check the condition of the injured.
  • Immediately move to the right side of the road if you have no problems moving.
  • In the event of a surface scratch, asphalt rash or other damage and you are able to continue cycling, you can get first aid at the nearest service point. All service points have a first aid tent.
  • If you have injuries that require first aid along the route, you can contact the organiser's first aid service by phone if necessary.
    • The emergency hotline numbers are: +358 44 946 1790 and +358 44 946 3409
    • Indicate whether there has been an accident or a medical incident.
    • Please include your name and contact details and as accurate a location as possible.
    • Answer any questions and wait for further guidance. Only hang up when you are authorised to do so.
    • Direct the organiser's first aid unit to the scene.

If the person involved in the collision is unresponsive, not breathing, suspected cardiac dysfunction or a more serious degree of injury is suspected, contact the emergency services immediately.

  • Phone number: 112
  • Indicate whether there has been an accident or a medical incident.
  • Please include your name and contact details and as accurate a location as possible.
  • Answer any questions and wait for further guidance. Only hang up when you are authorised to do so.
  • Direct the first aid unit dispatched by the emergency services to the scene.

The Finnish Red Cross first aid staff will assist in case of illness during the event. SPR first aid tents can be found at all service points and at Imatra's Inkerinaukio in the event area. The first aid team will help in case of minor injuries or treatment requiring first aid. More demanding treatments will be provided by the hospitals or health centres on duty along the route.

Neither Saimaa Cycle Tour nor SPR provide medicines. If you need medication, we recommend that you bring it with you (e.g. painkillers).

During the event, you can have a short massage focusing on the acute problem area (muscle cramps, neck and shoulder pain). The massage is free of charge and is provided by the Saimaa Cycle Tour in cooperation with Rela-Hierojat (www.relahierojat.fi).

  • From the first food service point (approx. 100 km), all service points have access to massage for acute problems.
  • There is the possibility to have a short 10-15 min massage for example on legs, back or neck and shoulders free of charge.

Please note that you may have to queue for a massage at service points and especially after the finish.

Saimaa Cycle Tour hopes that all participants will be able to cycle the route from start to finish. However, if you are not able to finish for one reason or another, please proceed as follows.

  • If possible, drop out and stop cycling at the service point and inform the service point staff.
  • If you have to drop out and stop on the route, wait for a service vehicle that can take you to the nearest service point.
  • In all cases, remember to inform the organisers of the stopping.
  • If you do not need the organisers' transport, please remember to inform the organisers of this as well.

The organisers have arranged free transport to the event area at Imatra's Inkerinaukio square for all those who drop out.

  • Drop-outs will be picked up from the service points at the event.
  • Please note that you may have to wait several hours for transport.

The bikes of cyclists who drop out will also be transported to the finish area free of charge.

  • Bicycles can be transported at different times from cyclists.
  • The bikes of drop-outs will be transported to Imatra to a secure bike storage area at the finish of the event, where you can pick up your bike with your registration number.

Attention! Saimaa Cycle Tour does not take any responsibility and will not replace bikes damaged in transit. Bicycles will be protected as well as possible during transport to avoid possible damage.

After the event

The changing rooms and showers are located at Imatra Urheilutalo, Kotipolku 2, Imatra (Google Maps).

The changing rooms and showers are open Fri 8 July at 5 pm - Sat 9 July at 5 pm.

Although the journey home may be long and the rush home is great, you've just completed a huge physical activity. While you may feel energetic and refreshed, now is not the time to jump behind the wheel of a vehicle and head home.

If you are participating in the 300 km route, the Saimaa Cycle Tour recommends at least six (6) hours of rest after crossing the finish line before driving.

Have a safe journey home!

Sportograf, the world's largest mass sport event photo service, arrives to take photos of the Saimaa Cycle Tour. You can buy event photos directly from Sportograf.

Sportograf's service will categorise the images according to participation numbers and after the event you can retrieve your own images from the service based on your participation number.

Read more at www.sportograf.com/en

You can inquire about lost items during the event at the Saimaa Cycle Tour event office at Imatra Inkerinaukio or at the event's storage point at Imatra Urheilutalo. After the event, you can inquire about lost items by e-mail at support@saimaacycletour.com.