Ladoga Gold International Race to Be Included in SPIEF Sports Programme
The second Ladoga Gold international multi-day
cycling race will take place on 1–8 June as part of the sports programme of the
St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
“The SPIEF is a global business
platform for the presentation of strategic projects and international
communication. If we’re talking about cycling, the Ladoga Gold race is fully
consistent with this. For us, this is an important step towards creating a
Russian Grand Tour. The test race last year revealed interest in the project
from foreign teams. This year, Ladoga Gold will reach a new level,” said Vyacheslav
Yekimov, president of the Russian Cycling Federation and a three-time Olympic
In 2024, the cycling route will also
pass through the roads of the Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia, and
the race will conclude with a stage in St. Petersburg.
“The scale of this project reaches
beyond the strong sports component. Thanks to the Ladoga Gold cycling race, the
Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia will have the opportunity to
introduce themselves to a broad audience. And the final stage in St. Petersburg
will give Forum participants a sense of the world of high speed cycling. Thus,
sport and tourism mutually expand each other’s boundaries,” Roscongress
Foundation Chairman of the Board and CEO Alexander Stuglev said.
The first Ladoga Gold cycling race
took place in July 2023. Cyclists rode more than 1,000 kilometres surrounded by
the natural beauty of Lake Ladoga. The multi-day route covered eight cities and
more than 40 settlements in the Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia.
Teams from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the UAE took part in
the race. And Belarusian Sergey Shevchenko won the general classification.
Negotiations are currently underway to expand the international component of
the second race.
“Russian sport is incorporating new
formats, and the Ladoga Gold cycling race has become a successful example of
communication with foreign countries. It’s an important start for Russian
athletes, and a very significant project for the development of domestic cycling,”
said Georgy Bryusov, director of the Centre for Sports Training of Russian
The 27th St. Petersburg
International Economic Forum will take place on 5–8 June.