Estonia´s biggest mountainbike marathon series Estonian Cup started in 2001. The first three years it was named Toyota Estonian Cup. In the years 2004-2011 it was named after the series main sponsor Elion. From 2012 the series main sponsor is Samsung, one of the world´s leading company in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media.
History of Estonian Cup cycling marathon series
- Innovations in 2012 were Rexona introduction ride (one week before the event) and timed Everest kilometer. Throughout the season more than 3400 riders participated in the series, from them 1800 finished at least one marathon, 1050 finished at least one AXA half marathon, and 550 kids participated at least on one Gutta kids race. The average number of participants per event was 1847, with the Rexona introduction ride the number was 1994. 324 riders participated in all the eight events. The number of teams reached 125, in the series people from 11 different countries took part. The overall winner of the series was once again Caspar Austa, in women Greete Steinburg.
- In 2011 278 riders participated in all the eight events. Overall winner was Caspar Austa. The average number of participants per event was 1711. The number of teams was 106.
- In 2010 once again there was 8 events in the series: Tallinn, Mulgi, Rõuge, Otepää, Kalevipoja, Elva, Rakke and Jõulumäe cycling marathons. The average number of participants per event was 1744. The overall winner of the series was once again Allan Oras with little advantage over Erki Pütsep. In the women overall series winner was Kristel Koort.
- In 2009 there was 7 events in the series: Mulgi, Rõuge, Tallinn, Elva, Otepää, Rakke and Jõulumäe cycling marathons. From 2009 Rakvere cycling marathon no longer is part of the series. Candidate marathon for the spot was Kalevipoja cycling marathon, which was added to the series in 2010. Elion Estonian Cup series overall was won by Caspar Austa. In women Latvian Ivanda Eiduka. 262 riders finished all the seven marathons and 66 riders finished all the seven half marathons. The average number of participants per event was 1687.
- In 2008 second time a row the overall winner was Allan Oras. In women Maaris Meier. The average number of participants per event was 1624. In 2008 as well as in 2007 there was 8 events in the series: Mulgi, Rõuge, Tallinn, Elva, Otepää, Rakke, Rakvere and Jõulumäe cycling marathons.
- In 2007 as a prologue to the Elion Estonian Cup a team relay was held in Tallinn, which was won by Investment Agency Pro Team. Overall winner was again Allan Oras. 2899 partcipants took part in total of the cycling marathons and half marathons, which is 8% more than previous year. The number of teams was 98. The average number of finishers per event was 1533.