Welcome to the far north, to Saariselkä, to experience mountain biking in the pristine and unforgettable sceneries of Urho Kekkonen national park and Hammastunturi wilderness area!
Saariselkä MTB Stages is not just another race!
It is a three-day mountain bike stage race in the wilderness of northernmost Finland. During the race you get to enjoy the pristine trails of Urho Kekkonen national park and Hammastunturi Wilderness area. Along the 180 race kilometres you will pass the legendary Kulmakuru gorge, treeless Raututunturi fell area, and other geologically and historically unique destinations of Saariselkä.
The terrain of Saariselkä is known for its few key charasteristics. Although we don’t have huge mountains we still have some of Finland’s longest climbs and descents. Our fells also have some stones, which many people have noticed after having several punctures. 🙂
But not to worry, proper tires will last all of our stones. The fact that our trails go through some of the last real wilderness areas in Europe means that there aren’t many stuctures on the trails. Along the trails you will walk and ride through several small rivers and streams. Besides all of this, our trails are a real blast to ride on!
Each year a group of cyclist consisting of top elite athletes and enthusiast start for Saariselkä MTB Stages. However, Saariselkä MTB Stages is not a piece of cake – and it is not even supposed to be one. It is supposed to be the greates challenge of 2020 after which each finisher can feel like a champion!
Are you up for the challenge?
Saariselkä MTB Stages is a unique and physically demanding race. Such an experience you cannot find from anywhere else besides Saariselkä.
The weather can be tough – you can expect anything from pouring rain to snowfall. The sceneries from the fell summits are breath taking. It is amazing to pedal alone in deep fog and see heard of reindeer running across the track – it’s hard to tell if you are sleeping or awake!
No matter if you are racing for real or mostly enjoying the ride, Saariselkä MTB Stages is a real adventure. If you finish this race you should congratulate yourself!
Winner of 2017 Saariselkä MTB Stages
What makes you drive 1000km over a weekend from South of Finland to Lapland and back? It is the unique nature and atmosphere of Saariselkä MTB Stages!
It is Finland’s only stage race which takes place in terrain which is demanding in a good way. The duration of the stages and long climbs along the way will give your legs a real challenge. At the same time you will get experiences you can’t get anywhere else – river crossing at Tolosjoki, the long climb to Kulmakuru, views in Urho Kekkonen national park, and wild reindeer running alongside you in Vellinsärpimä trail are things you will remember for a long time.
When you are riding for three days you will find the same group of people riding with you every day. After the stages it is nice to go through the day during the dinner in Restaurant Pirkon Pirtti.
Coming again next year with our growing group!
The history of Saariselkä MTB dates back to 2011. Tomorrow we will start the 10th Saariselkä MTB Stages!