Official Press Release for the 2018 Tour de Timor
dated July 2018
With only six weeks until the start of one of Asia’s most notorious MTB (mountain bike) multi stage races, Timor-Leste government partners and 2018 Tour de Timor organisers have acclerated into full scale preparation to receive this year’s riders, volunteers and media in order to ensure that this year’s race sets a firm foundation for the race’s direction for the coming years.
Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, Nelio Isaac Sarmento, was pleased to announce: “The official launch video of this year’s event has received over 15,000 individual views in only two days, which is a great indication of ongoing interest in the Tour de Timor. In order to successfully prepare for this year’s event, the Secretary of State will be holding weekly meetings with our governmental partners, such as the PNTL and the first aid response staff from the Ministry of Health.”. He went onto to say: “Working together with the Federation of Cycling and Tour de Timor organisers we will ensure that as many Timorese riders as possible will be able to participate and represent the nation of Timor-Leste in this year’s event.”.
With the approach of the race arriving Tour de Timor organisers will be conducting rider briefings in Darwin and Dili to provide additional information for participants of the event. This year around 150 riders are expected to participate in the five- day multi stage race that will be held between 4th and 8th of September.
When asked for route details, 2018 Tour de Timor Media Liaison, Mr. Johnny Guterres, had this to say: “This year the route and stages have been decided upon as a result of pragmatism. The course will be centered around the Tour de Timor campsite in Aileu. This will result in shorter stages than previous years, however the vertical climbing that makes the Tour de Timor one of the most challenging multi stage races in the world will remain more or less the same as last year (10,000 meters+)”. Talking about the campsite in Aileu he added: “The campsite will see enhanced catering and sanitiation facilities. There will also be a bigger focus on entertainment such as live music and cultural performances for the riders as well as a few other surprises for our participants.”.
Around 150 riders are expected to ride together through the central mountain region of Timor-Leste. The race will be held between 4 th and 8 th of September. In addition the ‘Ride for Peace’ (a short distance non competitive ride involving school children and participants) will be held on Saturday 2nd of September in the capital of Dili.
Visit the official website: www.tourdetimor.com for more info.
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