Tour of Thailand Competition in April Next Year
Thai cycling association is getting ready for “Tour of Thailand 2018”, a long distance bicycle competition. There are male and female categories for this competition. Male category will take place on the 1st to 6th April 2018. Female category will take place on the 8th to 10th April 2018.
“Seh Meuk”, Genaral Decha Hemkrasi, president of Thai cycling association said that they have been preparing the “Tour of Thailand 2018” for 1 year. They want this competition to be as successful as possible. They have already completed the routes for this competition.
There are 6 stages of the male category for the total distance of 1,062 km as below.
Stage 1: Pattaya – Rayong – Chanthaburi 209 km
Stage 2: Chanthaburi – Aranyaprathet 175 km
Stage 3: Aranyaprathet – Sakeaw – Kho Yai National Park 182 km
Stage 4: Kho Yai National Park – Dan Khun Tod – Nakhon Ratchasima 154 km
Stage 5: Nakhon Ratchasima – Roi Et 230 km
Stage 6: Roi Et – Khon Kaen 112 km
There are 3 stages of the female category for the total distance of 296 km as below.
Half stage 1: Time Trial , Buddhamonthon route 24 km
Half stage 2: Road race, city bypass – Bueng Keannakhon 45 km
Stage 2: Bueng Keannakhon – Ubonrat Dam – Ban Fang district 115 km
Stage 3: Bueng Keannakhon – Khon Kaen city bypass – Bueng Keannakhon 112km.
General Decha said that the routes of male category are planned around the main tourist destinations of Thailand. The first day of this competition will start in Pattaya where there are many popular beaches. The cyclists will pass some important roads along the way such as Chaleam Burapa road which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Stage 3 for male category is the most important stage because the cyclists have to ride up the mountains in Kho Yai national park to the finish point. Kho Yai national park is one of the most important tourist destinations in Thailand.
Union Cyclist International (UCI) elevated this competition in 2018 to be level 2.1 from level 2.2 as they see that it is a standard competition, well organized with a high level of safety. The advantage of the race being a level 2.1 is that Thai cyclists will get more points from the “Tour of Thailand” competition.
Mr. Thanawut Sanikawatee was the winner of stage 3 and got the second place of stage 2 for this competition last year. Miss Phetdarin Samarat was the winner of stage 3 for the female category and another team member got good points also. This increased the reward points of the Thai national cycling team and got them into the world’s top 20. Seh Meuk also said that Thailand has a good chance to increase its reward points and qualify for the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020.
The disadvantage of the competition last year was that no world teams joined the competition because of the expense. However, the president of Thai cycling association will work with the related organizations to get more world teams to join the competition in the future.
Original article posted on July 28, 2017 at Daily News