The President of Latvia Addresses the Participants of Kraslava Cycling Tour

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.

Popular people from different areas of employment supported the event: the President of Latvia Raimonis Vējonis with the lady, the author of the song “Where are you my president?” and TV and radio showman Renars Zeltins, the chairman of Latvian Cyclists’ Association Viesturs Silenieks, the head of Ltd “Velokurjers” (from Latvian “Cycle courier”) Olegs Stoļarovs and its professional cycle couriers and many others who we would like to express our sincere gratitude.

The cycling tour in Kraslava is analogue to the Cycling day in Kuldiga in organization of which Ltd “Velokurjers” plays an important role. The Cycling Day in Kuldiga has been held for the 8th time this year, and it brings together thousands of cyclists. Unlike other cycling events both the Kraslava Cycling tour and the Cycling day in Kuldiga are free of charge recreational cycling tours without competitions suitable for all ages and different levels of physical fitness. It is remarkable that the local representatives of the municipalities are not only the organizers, but also active participants of these events.

The Kraslava cycling tour, the first event of its kind in Latgale, brought together 310 participants, including the Mayor of Kraslava Gunars Upenieks. Although the cycling tour was short – about 10 km – and lasted two hours, the diversity of the route road and landscape gave a feeling of adventure and fullness of life: through the town and forest, along meadow sceneries and the Daugava river, on asphalt and rural roads, flat and hilly areas, which in some places forced to get off the bicycle and walk even experienced cycle couriers!

All registered participants took part in a raffle. This time the main prize was a new bicycle of KTM brand, the market price of which is 590 euros. The bicycle was sponsored by the farmer Alexander Ivanov from Kalniešu rural municipality. It was handed to the winner by the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis. The other organizers and supporters of the event were Kraslava County Council, Ltd “Velokurjers”, NGO “Latvian Association of Cyclists”, the driving school Ltd “ARSO-R “, arboretum Ltd “Ķikši” etc.

The success of the event confirmed the professionalism of Ltd “Velokurjers” in cycling route development and organization of cycling events.

We hope for successful cooperation with other municipalities and companies!

In Latvia, where the number of population is decreasing, health preservation is important. Scientists say that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 times a week improves mood, reduces stress, prevents obesity and significantly reduces the risk of heart and blood vessel diseases which are the main cause of death in Latvia. Fortunately, cycling is a wonderful way of taking care of health while spending time with friends and colleagues and enjoying beautiful sceneries and exploring new sights!