1Length of TET in country
2Expected time to cover TET in country
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Spring, summer and autumn
4Entry point into country
5Exit point from country
Latvian is the official language, but people speak Russian, English and German as well.
8Emergency telephone number
It’s a good idea to download the “eHealthPoint” app. This app allows you to call the emergency number, while transferring your location data (GPS coordinates) to the emergency medical service dispatchers. It’s especially good when you have no idea about exactly where you are - not unusual when on the trail! We hope you won’t need to use it, but better safe than sorry!
10Laws regarding wild camping
Wild camping is legal in Latvia. Camping, making campfires (in ready-made places or anywhere else, as long as you prepare the place before making the fire and make sure the fire is completely out by the time you leave the place) and picking berries and mushrooms is allowed. The campfire has to be at least 2m away from any tree. Pay attention though, that the rule about fires doesn’t apply in seaside and dune areas - it is forbidden there and if you get caught you will be fined! Camping and making fires in national parks and restricted areas is only allowed in certain, ready-made places.
In every municipality these laws differ, but, in general, if you don’t put your tent up in the middle of the park and don’t make a 5m high bonfire that can burn down the place, you will be fine.
Another thing to keep in mind when you are out there - it's illegal to drink anything alcoholic or have an open bottle of alcohol on the streets, in parks and, yes, even in forests. Our suggestion - have your beer, but if you are unlucky enough to see a police officer coming your way, don’t wave your drink right in his face - that should do it!
11Trail riding and the law
Trail riding is legal in Latvia, just keep in mind that all the same laws on the trails as they do on the highways.
Trails vary throughout the year. They might be more slippery and wet in spring and autumn so adjust your speed wisely.
12Bike events on or near the TET
AdvEnduro Party by TwoWheels, Zante (July)
Motocross World Championship, Ķegums (May)
Enduro, Enduro Rally, Zante (June)
Kurland Bike Meet, Ventspils (http://www.latvia.travel/lv/pasakums/motobrauceju-salidojums-kurland-bike-meet) (July)
VBO (“Brothers of the Wind”) MC Party, Saulkrasti (August)
Poker Run by VBO MC, Start in Riga (September)