Event rules

  • Each participant rides the event at their own risk and with their own insurance. It is also a good idea to check the insurance coverage of your bicycle with your insurance company.
  • By paying the participation fee, you agree to follow the rules of the Saimaa Cycle Tour.
  • The event complies with Finnish road traffic legislation.
  • Finnish law prohibits littering. Don’t throw any debris into nature along our beautiful route. Bring the rubbish with you to the rubbish bins at the nearest service point or to the rubbish areas marked along the route.
  • After coming to the finish, rest before driving the car.
  • Only bicycles with two wheels are allowed on the Saimaa Cycle Tour
  • Special bicycles are not permitted: eg recumbent bikes. Exemption may be granted for health reasons; in order to be eligible, participation requires a medical opinion that participation is not possible on an ordinary bicycle. Please contact the organizer before registering.
  • The ends of the handlebar must be blugged.
  • The use of triathlon, time trial or other non-standard handle bar is not permitted.
  • Disc wheels are not allowed
  • High-profile wheels must not exceed 60 millimeters height
  • Max. two-person tandem bicycles are allowed. Both cyclists must register for the event separately.
  • Private cars or your own service cars are not allowed on the route during the event.
  • Only organizer's service cars or team service cars approved by the organizers, as well as the organizer's photography cars or motorcycles are allowed to move on the route (eg Sportograf photography vehicles)
  • Cyclists who have not registered for the event cannot cycle with the participants in the event.
  • The use of a helmet is mandatory on the Saimaa Cycle Tour. The helmet must meet the requirements of the EU EN 1078 standard.
  • During the event, the entry number must be affixed to the chest and handlebar so that the number is visible forward. The chip number must be affixed to your bike. All other chip numbers must be removed from your bike. Be sure to fill in the ICE information on the back of the chest number.
  • Using the phone while cycling is not permitted. If you need to use your phone, stop and move on the side of the road.
  • Do not photograph accident events and do not share any information on social media to honor those involved in the accident.
  • The use of radios or headphones while driving is prohibited
  • The event is run on a route open to all traffic, so you are always responsible for being up-to-date on your traffic environment where you are moving forward.
  • Ride on the right side of the road and stay in your own lane
  • Always respect and follow the traffic rules as well as the instructions given by the organizer, such as the organizer's markings on the route
  • Pay special attention to intersection areas, as despite more than one hundred and fifty traffic controllers, there are small intersections on the route where there is no traffic control.
  • Also always respect traffic outside of the event. Participation in the event does not give the right to traffic violations. For example, be careful when passing other cyclists.
  • Receiving any kind of service from a moving car is not allowed.
  • If you need to stop, go with your bike to the side of the road to avoid endangering other cyclists, vehicles, or yourself.
  • The Saimaa Cycle Tour recommends that a maximum of two cyclists can ride side by side during the event so we don’t disturb other road users.
  • Riding in a large group can be dangerous for first-time or inexperienced cyclists. The Saimaa Cycle Tour recommends that you cycle at your own pace and do not cycle too hard right from the start.
Additional rules for the 285km Saimaa Cycle Tour
  • Participants must turn 18 at the event during the year.
  • In accordance with Finnish road traffic legislation, the front and rear lights must be used during the event between 11 pm on Friday and 2 am on Saturday.
  • The Saimaa Cycle Tour recommends a rest of at least six (6) hours after reaching the finish line before driving.