About the Tour de Timor


INTRODUCTION

The Tour de Timor is an annual International Mountain Bike Race held in Timor-Leste. The event was first held in 2009 and was an initiative of HE, the former President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, as part of his “Dili – City of Peace” campaign.

For Timor-Leste, sport is not just about exercise with social and health benefits, but it is also a crucial tool in peace building, youth engagement, education, gender equality and economic development. In this way sporting events like the Tour de Timor are also key to the development of the nation and to the well-being and livelihoods of Timorese.

Timor-Leste – ASEAN Peace Bridge

PHILOSOPHY

BOOSTING TOURISM, SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS

ADVANCING SPORT IN TIMOR-LESTE

The Tour de Timor seeks to foster new levels of athleticism in the community, bringing a variety of positive benefits for communities and individuals – in particular for youth.

PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Tour de Timor provides ongoing employment opportunities for Timorese and will make a contribution to rural economic development.

BOOSTING TOURISM, SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS

A key goal of the Tour de Timor is to showcase the peaceful conditions and natural beauty of Timor-Leste to an attentive international audience.

STRENGTHENING PEACE, HARMONY AND NATIONAL PRIDE

The value of sport as a social connector is one of its most powerful development attributes.
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