Briefly in English
the cycling club JoensPy, aka Joensuun Pyöräilijät ry, is a registered sport association created in 1967. JoensPy is focused on promoting cycling in the Joensuu region. We organize acrivities on road cycling, gravel, and mountain bike, including DH.
We are member of the national Cycling Finland association and our riders can participates in official events like National Championship.
Do you want to participates in competition under lisense? Or participates to group rides? MAy be you wish to volunteer to organize MTB races? Don't hesitate to contact us!
The e-mail address of the association is joenspy[ät]gmail.com
You can contact also directly the chair of the board, Alain Minguet, +358 44 555 4434, or alainminguet[ät]hotmail.com
Follow us on Facebook! Many information are also made available in FB groups like Maantiepyöräily@Joensuu (road), gravel Joensuu, MTB@Joensuu
Special Event : Criss-cross riding
JoensPy, is organizing a week-long cycling event on the occasion of North Karelia Day (maakuntapäivä), with the theme of get moving.
The event is divided into two main parts:
from Sunday 13th of August to Friday 18th of August, a set of orienteering maps will be available on an app. There will be different types of maps, (easy in the city, more challenging in the forest, etc..) so there will be something for families but also advanced riders. On Sunday 13th from 1 pm to 4 pm there will be a demo at the Areena (in the lobby, Voitto meeting room), where we will explain the app and guide users on a short, easy ride, accessible by city bike. There will be also be low-threshold rides organized during this week.
On Saturday 19th of August from 11 am to 3 pm, there will be a final event in Lykynlampi (accessible by bus, but obviously by bike too…). There will be: low-threshold rides on MTB (one also accessible for kids, one for more advanced riders), gravel group rides (one open to all, one only for women), two orienteering maps open only this day until 2 pm, local companies with test bikes and e-bikes, lectures (in Finnish) about nutrition for athletes and planning training, small repair workshop and advice provided by Pyörävarikko cycle shop, and an open-air second hand flea market of sports goods (if the weather is good).
If you complete at least one orienteering track, you can participate in a lottery!
we organize activities like:
- low treshold rides for the ones willing to learn riding in a group
- other group rides,
- in winter time (so, kind of long period from October to April) indoor riding in the Joensuu Areena Sunday mornings
in this field you can participates to
- MTB classes for children and youths
- low treshold and group rides
- group rides with lamp (in automn/early winter)
- benevol work to maintain the DH tracks in Pärnävaara and the technical tracks of Utra
- MTB-cup (in 2023 in association with Kuopio and Iisalmi cycling clubs : Savo-Karjala MTB cup)
The group rides, members own shared rides and low treshold rides are informed in the service https://joensuunpyorailijat.nimenhuuto.com/
Where to cycle
There is a nice network of trails around Joensuu, but also eleswhere in North Karelia
The tracks of a Jaama Trail, Harjupolut, Kontiopolut, Lykynpolut and Kinttupollut offer a continuous network of well-marked trails in Joensuu, Kontiolahti and Liperi municipalities of more than 200km!
In Kitee (accessible by train from Joensuu), Tohmajärvi and Kesälahti you can find the Karelianpolut-trails
We also recommend the application Trail map, where Joensuu region paths are classified by difficulties. You can see also heat maps on a 3D topographic map etc.
In Winter time thew is short trails maintained in Pärnävaara, Lykynlampi and from the Biathlon stadium (also used by pedestrians)
You can find links to different pages as well as some GPX files of our riders from our pages
Pärnä bike park in Pärnävaara (Liperi)
There is also sometimes possibilities to DH in the ski center of Mustavaara with anchor lift available, join the Mustavaara riders FB group
You can find here some gpx files of nice gravel rides of our riders