2018 Tour de Timor Official PRESS RELEASE
July 2018 As Timor-Leste’s flagship tourism and sporting event draws closer to the start of the race, Tour de Timor organizers are now getting ready to bring the latest news about this year’s route and pre-race progress to Darwin, Australia. This information will be presented at a Rider Briefing on Tuesday 31st of July at the Office of Luke Gosling, OAM MP, who is the Federal member for the Solomon
The countdown to 2018 Tour de Timor is on. With less than five weeks until the start of 2018 Tour de Timor, it’s all systems go. There are volunteers from Australia and from within Timor-Leste signing up to assist riders on their epic journey in early September. Volunteers will be situated every 20-25kms along every stage of the course at water stations to ensure hydration for all riders.
The Rotaractors Club of Dili have been proud supporters and volunteers on Tour de Timor since its inception in 2009 covering many roles from airport pick up of international riders in Dili through to campsite set up and pack down, water station assistants and translators for the bike mechanics. Their English language skills, support and youthful energy during Tour de Timor is an integral part of the event.
Talking about the upcoming visit and rider briefing in Darwin, Tour de Timor Event Director, Mr. Sean Borrell said “The Tour de Timor has a very strong connection with Australia. Via the incredibly challenges that are overcome in preparation, during the race and in our future steps the race connects athletes, supporters and government institutions in a unique way. I’d like to thank Luke Gosling for his ongoing support of the race, especially considering he was involved in the genesis of this event in 2004, which had its roots in a multi discipline event called the Timor Challenge.”
In Darwin yesterday, Luke Gosling OAM said, “It is fantastic to see the Tour de Timor go from strength to strength. I helped to establish the ride over 10 years ago as we wanted to create an event that would contribute to Timor-Leste’s local economy and strengthen ties between Timor-Leste and Australia. Sport is a fantastic connector and the ride is a great example of how sport brings people together.”
Campsite facilities in Aileu are currently being upgraded. There will be a more permanent dining hall area as well as improved hand wash and sanitation facilities. Construction crew from Dili and Aileu are onsite this week. With four nights in Aileu campsite during the Tour there will be cultural and musical entertainment provided by the local community and beyond. Tour de Timor Aileu Campsite Manager Duarte Andrade had this to say: “We are engaging with the local community to showcase the culture and beauty of the region to international visitors and Timorese riders from other municipalities across Timor-Leste. We hope that all participants will experience the friendly nature of our people during their stay in our half island nation.”
The 2018 Tour de Timor Rider Briefing will be conducted at the Office of Luke Gosling, OAM MP, on Tuesday 31st July between 6 and 8 pm. The Member for Solomon office is as follows: 3/266 Trower Road, Casuarina, NT 0810
Around 150 riders are expected to ride together through the central mountain region of Timor-Leste. The race will be held between 4th and 8th September. In addition, the ‘Ride for Peace’ (a short distance non-competitive ride involving school children and participants) will be held on Sunday 2nd September in the capital of Dili.
Visit the official website: www.tourdetimor.com for more info.
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