On 31 May, Estonian cyclists started their journey in Northern Italy under the Estonian flag. The objective of the trip titled EXPORIDE is to introduce Estonia in different areas of Italy during the World Exposition EXPO Milano.
EXPORIDE cyclist Ailar Väärtmaa says that during the trip, Estonian culture, classical and modern music, Estonian food, smart solutions and design will be introduced to Italians. “We will cover 700 kilometres in 7 days and reach Milan on 7 June on the Estonian National Day at the EXPO. At the Estonian pavilion, we will be greeted by the National Day delegation led by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, to whom we will hand over the Estonian flag and open Estonia’s most important day at the EXPO,” Väärtmaa explained.
Väärtmaa added that EXPORIDE is not just a cycling trip – it is taking a little bit of Estonia to Italy and leaving our mark in the world.
The group of cyclists will cover 700 kilometres in 7 days and will also visit the former Fiat factory complex in Turin and a vineyard owned by Estonians near San Remo. The trip will begin from Lake Como and end in Milano. A piece of Estonian culture and innovation will be left at each stopping point.
The EXPORIDE team consists of Estonian cyclists from the lines of Tour d’ÖÖ, Tallinn Bicycle Week and from the flagship of Estonian bicycle design Velonia, as well as several other cyclists of Estonian cycling communities. Cyclists participating in the initiative are Indrek Narusk (Velonia Bicycles, Viks designer), Kristo Riimaa (Velonia Bicycles), Ailar Väärtmaa (Velonia Bicycles), Anastassia Meškova (Tour d'ÖÖ, Tallinn Bicycle Week), Tarmo Kübard (Tour d'ÖÖ, Tallinn Bicycle Week), Martin Voltri (Tour d'ÖÖ, Tallinn Bicycle Week), Lars Erik Hion (cycling enthusiast), Paul Lõiv (cycling enthusiast) and Janelle Uibokand (one of the best young female cyclists of Estonia).