Experts often say that it’s important for couples to have common interests. For Estonians Rein Taaramäe and Hanna Taaramäe, winning at cycling is one of them. The couple just had a great ride at their national championships, in the time trial. All European countries are hosting their time trial championships on Wednesday, with their road race championships on Sunday. The championships traditionally take place the weekend before the men’s Tour de France so the freshly minted champs can show off their country kit at the biggest race in the world. With the Tour de France Femmes taking place later in July for the first time, that means pro women can do the same.
Rein Taaramäe is a pro cyclist who rides for the French Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert squad. Both he and his wife Hanna took the national elite titles in their respective categories at the Estonian champs on Wednesday. Rein rode the 34.8 km course from Kuremaa to Kuremaa in 41:41, averaging just over 50 km/h.
His wife Hanna finished second overall, but was beaten by a u-23 rider, so she took the national championship jersey. Her time was 50:35, averaging 41 km/h.