First “KINO PEDĀLIS” festival took place in Valmiera, during which the documentary about messengers Gentlemen of Riga was screened.
Four cyclists have departed to Tajikistan recently, that is to say, on 22 July 2015 to mark the centenary since formation of Latvian Riflemen battalions. They will reach the 5520 meters high mountain pass named in dignity of Latvian riffleman on August 1, the date on which a hundred years ago an order was issued to form the Latvian Riflemen battalions.
The bicycle ride will take place in the region the height of which is several thousand meters above sea level and which is characterizesd by sharp temperature changes from -15 up to +40 grades. A special both summer and winter and so quite heavy equipment and food is provided to the travelers to protect them from the severe weather conditions and reduce the effect of lack of civilisation in mountains.
The Cycling Tour of Kraslava – adventurous and recreational cycling tour along the banks of the Daugava with beautiful landscapes- was held on Saturday, 18 July 2015 during Kraslava town festival. The objective of the event was to promote a healthy lifestyle and use of zero emission transport in public by popularizing cycling.
On Friday, 17th July the Director of Ltd “Velokurjers” Olegs Stoļarovs opened the Peace maple alley planting ceremony during Kraslava town festival.
2337 kilometers – 200 elms – 12 days – 6 countries
A team of four cyclists gathered by German entrepreneur Stefan Lorberg started a trip form the Branderburg Gate in Berlin to St. Petersburg on May 30, 2015. The action “Lorberg Trees-Connect” ended on June 10 in St. Petersburg, just in time for the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects.
As it is known, the wonderful Latvian singer Animata Savadogo with the own composed song “Love injected” has achieved honorable 6th place in the final of Eurovision Song Contest this year. The success of the young and talented artist undoubtedly has helped to promote the recognition of Latvia in Europe. It is a great pleasure that Ltd “Velokurjers”, the member of Latvian Cyclists’ Association, has contributed to making the image of Latvia and Riga in the video postcard of Latvia during the Eurovision Song Contest this year.
The members “Latvian Association of Cyclists” (LAC) gathered at the Ērenpreiss mark bicycle store, which is likely to open soon, to elect the Board and its Chairman for the next two years on 28th May, 2015.
Viesturs Silenieks (NGO “Latvian Bicycle Information Center”) was re-elected as a Chairman of the Board. Olegs Stolarovs (Ltd “Velokurjers”), Roman Melnik (Divritenis.lv / Veloriga.lv) and Janis Kundzins (Ltd “Mind Work Ramps”) will continue to work in the Board for the next two years. The former member of the LAC Board Aldis Bergs (NGO “Zero-Emission Mobility Support Society”) canceled his candidacy for the membership in the Board in favor of a representative of cycling area. Arnis Jaundzems, the Head of Ltd SIXT in the Baltic States, which represents the self-service bicycle rental in Riga and Jurmala, was elected in the vacant Board member position.
The European Cycle Messenger Championship will take place in the last weekend of May. This championship is remarkable as this year it celebrates 20th anniversary. The cycle couriers of Ltd “Velokurjers” Vilmārs Vincans, Peter Janisels and Janis Steins have decided to participate in the championship to challenge their skills. The team of Ltd “Velokurjers” will took part in the international cycling championships the 5th time- before, we have represented Latvia in 3 World Championships in Warsaw, Chicago and Lausanne, as well as in the European Championship in Stockholm.
Original races and events are organized in addition to traditional disciplines such as Cargo (transportation of large parcels), Sprint (high speed race of 200m), Alley cat (a race with orientation elements) and the Main Race (courier work simulation). For example, a mountain sprint (riding a steep hill) took place in Switzerland two years ago, but an arm-wrestling competition to determine the strongest arms in contrast to other contests, which evaluate the strength of legs and work skills, was added in Stockholm last year. The arm-wrestling competition was won by our cycle messenger Martins Ozols.
Twelve our company’s couriers went to Stockholm to participate in the largest cycling event of Europe – the 21st European Cycle Messengers Championship on the 4th August of this year. This year there were many participates- 349 cycle couriers. Our messengers have successfully taken part in this type of competitions in past. The courier Janis Belecks won his first Cargo class Cycle Messenger World Championship title in 2011. He finished the sixth in Chicago in 2012 and earned the sympathy award for the most positive attitude towards customers in the World Championship in Lausanne last year.
On August 04, 2013 in Switzerland, in Lausanne the 21st International Bicycle Courier’s Competition was finished. The Latvian bicycle courier’s team from Ltd “Velokurjers” participated the third year in the International Competition. It was represented by Raitis Reinis, Janis Steins and Janis Belecks, ex-champion in cargo discipline. More than 500 bike messengers from 26 states took part in the competition, from them only Latvia represented the Baltic states.
The International Bicycle Courier’s Championship is the most meaningful festivity for municipal cyclists– cycle messengers. The most rapid, powerful and skilful cycle messengers from the entire world meet once a year to estimate their forces and skills in accomplishment of various tasks. It is organized by The International Bicycle Messenger’s Federation and National Bicycle Messenger’s Associations. The competition is not only a meaningful international championship for the best cycle messengers but it also give a chance to get to know new trends in cycling culture and transport in different parts of the world.