Bicycle race and fitness ride

Willimiesajot is a spectacular two-day cycling event in South Karelia, Finland. On Saturday, top national-level riders compete on Finland’s greatest criterium at Rakuunamäki, Lappeenranta. On Sunday, all friends of cycling, from racers to enthusiasts, have a chance to enjoy road racing. The 135-kilometre Saimaa Road Race offers a variety of sceneries: cityscapes in Lappeenranta, small-town centres at Lemi, Savitaipale and Taipalsaari as well as picturesque country roads. The course is highlighted by a beautiful final stretch right through Lake Saimaa and a climb up Rakuunamäki hill in Lappeenranta. On both days, the event centre is located on idyllic Rakuunamäki in central Lappeenranta. Spectators are also catered for, as the event is completed and enhanced by side events such as a kids’ race and an event market with its services. New in 2018 are the juniors’ and women’s categories in the Willimies Criterium, as well as the Lappeenrannan Energia tour ride. Men’s elite also has an all-round competition, and the winner gets not only a cash prize, but also the Willimies (Wild Man) statuette to take home.

Willimies criterium

Saturday 21 July 2018

Finnish top national-level riders meet international contenders to take on each other on the greatest criterium in Finland. This spectacular and fast criterium is very spectator-friendly and has one of the best atmospheres in the country. There are separate categories for junior and women racers.


Saimaa Road Race

Sunday 22 July 2018

135 kilometers of fine South-Carelian roads. A total of 135 kilometres of South Karelian country roads. A beautiful and safe course provides a variety of entertainment and landscapes. Challenges are presented by the variable terrain and two stretches of gravel roads. There is also an 81-kilometre Lappeenrannan Energia tour ride with no timing or gravel roads.

Race info (competitive)
Cycling tour info (non-competitive) info Lappeenrannan Energia Free ride (81 km)

Event center

21-22 July 2018

Willimiesajot is not only a racers’ event, but the audience too will be pampered at the Rakuunamäki event centre and in the Liisankatu street public area with a café, food and merchandise stalls, etc. Before and after the race events, spectators will have the chance to have a look at the operation and bikes of the cycling teams. Pure joy in motion will be seen in the kids’ race where entrance is free, and prizes will be given to all participants.


Willimies criterium Saturday 21.7.2018

ŠKODA MAANTIECUP (Finnish Road Race Cup)

Saimaa Road Race Sunday 22.7.2018

Saimaa Road Race Sunday 22.7.2018

Cycling event for cyclists without licences

2017 MEN TOP 3
1.Jouko PussinenRCT
2.Henri KarhuSkiBike Team
3.Aku HaikoTeam SKU
2017 WOMEN TOP 3
1.Noora LuokkalaSöderkulla
2.Satu TeräväinenLahti
3.Anni Paajanen
2016 MEN TOP 3
1.Matti AinasojaCCG
2.Mikko TuoriniemiPLC-Tec Racing
3.Henri KarhuSkibike Team
2016 WOMEN TOP 3
1.Anni LindKouvola
2.Sini NousiainenJyväskylä
3.Johanna Lemmetty

Willimiesajot 22.7.2018

Lappeenrannan Energia Free ride (no competition, no timing)

Event center

Willimiesajot is not just for the race participants. Presentations, cafe and other amenities will serve the spectators and audience.


Registration still possible at the competition center on Saturday (11:00 am ->) or Sunday (7:00 am ->).

Category ->31.3 ->31.5 ->16.7 Jälki
Cycling tour (no license, 135 km) 35.00 40.00 50.00 60.00
Criterium M14, M16* 15.00 15.00 15.00 20.00
Criterium adults* 30.00 30.00 30.00 40.00
Criterium- and road race* 60.00 60.00 60.00 70.00
Road race* 40.00 40.00 40.00 60.00
Lappeenrannan Energia Free ride (81 km) 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00
*Only for riders with a valid UCI licence

The fee includes service at the service points (4), the service car services, meal at the competition center after the race, timing and participation prize. The registration details may be changed and the registration may be transferred to other person before the advance registration ends. The registration may be cancelled only for a valid reason, such as injury or sickness. The registration fee will not be returned but it will be transferred to the next year event. All participants will receive few emails before the event containing info and instructions on the event.


Original Sokos Hotel Lappee offers accommodation for Willimiesajot participants. Prices are 85€ /single room and 105€ / double room. Reservations by email reception.lappee@sok.fi or by phone +358 10 762 1000, remember to mention code “Willimiesajot”.Internet reservation www.sokoshotels.fi with code BWILLIMIESAJOT


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