Phnom Penh, 29 March – Professional 3-stage road cycling will make its exciting debut in Cambodia from May 6 to 7, with the inaugural RHB Mount Bokor Challenge 2017 offering riders the chance to test their hill climbing, time trial, and open racing skills against some of Southeast Asia’s finest cyclists.
Rising to 1,062 meters above the Gulf of Thailand, Mount Bokor is the perfect location for the largest and most prestigious race to take place in Cambodia. The first day of racing features a 32km-long hill climb up the winding road to the top of Bokor, followed by a 17km team time trial around the top. Day two will further test the fitness, bike skills and determination of casual, adventurous and elite riders as they battle around Bokor National Park.
“Cycling in Cambodia has progressed at a very fast pace, and we are very excited to be able to host a race such as this here. Bokor offers racers a fantastic hill climb, an exciting team time trial stage, and what promises to be a nail biting road race, all within the beautiful settings of Bokor,” said Vong Khan Pove, General Secretary of the Cambodia Cycling Federation.
It will be the first of such event of its kind in Cambodia, and for many of the visiting cyclists their first time racing here. This event is the perfect showcase for Asian cycling in a country which is undergoing a huge surge in popularity in the sport. Sanctioned by the Cambodia Cycling Federation, local organizers Flying Bikes 2, and Malaysia’s Endurace will ensure adherence to UCI rules and regulations.
“Road cycling has really taken off in the last few years here, to a point where large groups now go riding each morning in Phnom Penh. It is great to see, and something we absolutely had to be a part of for this race. We have long supported Cambodian cycling, and I cannot wait to see the level of riding that will take place over the two days of racing,” said Pierre-Yves Catry from Flying Bikes 2.
Generous prize money courtesy of sponsors from RHB Bank Indochina and Khmer Beverages Limited, and classification winner’s jerseys, are expected to further push riders to their limits as they battle for glory. A percentage of proceeds will go to Smile Cambodia, an NGO which has worked since 2002 to offer life changing cleft-palate surgery across the country.
Race entry includes transfers to and from Phnom Penh International Airport, three nights accommodation and full meals at the Thansur Bokor Highland Resort, full mechanical support during the races and race insurance.
“We want to encourage all road cyclists across the region to come and experience the fantastic cycling options, in friendly and beautiful Cambodia. The race is not just for professionals, but for anyone with a love of the sport, and we look forward to welcoming everyone in May,” said Cheah Seng Ho, managing partner at Endurace.
The two day race will be centered around the Thansur Bokor Highland Resort, part of the Sokha hotel chain, and racers and spectators will be able to experience the top quality hotel and entertainment facilities, surrounded by the natural scenic beauty of Bokor National Park. There will be plenty of non-racing fanfare and exhibiting booths, including a music festival featuring local and international performers, which will put a smile on the faces of people of all ages.