The Ladoga Gold cycling race will take place in 8 cities of the Leningrad Region and Karelia
The multi-day cycling Ladoga
Gold race will be held for the first time from 12 to 20 July in the Leningrad
Region and the Republic of Karelia around Lake Ladoga.
"It is important for us
to create our own line-up of competitions, as well as to expand the geography
of cycling. The Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia will host such a
large-scale event for the first time. The strongest juniors and men will take
part in the Ladoga Gold multi-day race. The race will be a kind of talent
showcase, which in a few years will play a leading role in the Russian national
team. I would like to thank the Ministry of Sport and the Roscongress
Foundation for their support. We are very impressed by the intention to make
the cycling race a holiday for athletes and spectators. Ladoga Gold will be an
opportunity to tell about the tourist attractiveness of Lake Ladoga through
cycling. And thanks to this our sport will get a new audience, and the race
itself a new coverage angle,” said the Director General of the Russian Cycling
Federation Yuri Kucheryavy.
The start and finish of the
seven-day cycling race will be held in a festive format at the Igora Drive
autodrome, which has already become a draw for residents of St. Petersburg and
the Leningrad Region.
The route of the multi-day
race will cover eight cities and over 40 settlements in the Leningrad Region
and the Republic of Karelia, drawing the attention of residents to a
large-scale and spectacular event.
The sixth and seventh stages
of the cycling race will be dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the
breakthrough of the siege of Leningrad. The finish of the sixth stage will take
place near the panorama museum entitled "The Breakthrough". The
cyclists will lay flowers at the museum, located on the place where in January
1943 the 63rd rifle division of the Leningrad Front went on the offensive and
made a breakthrough, which made it possible to build a railway to Leningrad,
the legendary "Victory Road". The seventh stage of the cycling race
will start with "kilometres of memory". Racers will ride along the
Road of Life from the village of Osinovets to the Broken Ring memorial.
The total length of the Ladoga
Gold route will be 1,015 kilometres.