The racers covered 248 kilometers over 3 days
The Tourism Authority of Thailand sponsored an incredible new race, The Ride to Khong’s legendary. The 278 international races originated from 17 nations including France, Germany, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, United States, and United Kingdom. The event lasted four days and kicked off with a welcome reception on the 29th of October.
During the reception, Visanu Jaroenslip, Deputy Governor for Tourism Product and Business felt good about the attendance and the race location along the Mekong River stressing the connections between China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.
Some of the bikers we met at the reception included Pavol Krizan from Slovakia and Sukrit Sripaoraya, Pantida Tipsathapornchai, and the famous Tommy Prajak Mahawong, riding for the German Auto Team, from Thailand. The cyclists enjoyed an evening of cultural performances and the race kicked off the following day.
First up was a cultural performance followed by a speech from Mr. Suchat Noppawan, Provincial Governor of Nong Khai and a bicycle donation by Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports.
The 249 kilometers is made up of three stages, the first 115 kilometers from Nong Khai to Bueng Kan. Stage two was 99 kilometers from Nakon Panom to Mukdahan. The 3rd and final stage was a short 31 kilometers, but uphill within the province of Mukdahan. The race route was creative, covering four provinces along the Mekong River.
Sirironchai Sarawut took first place in the first and third stage while Changpad Kritsada took first place in the second leg. The winner of the race, the Police Team, took home the Prince’s Cup, 60,000 Thai Baht, and a medal.
Nong Khai was not only a great choice for the start of the race, but the province is full of natural beauty and numerous cultural sites.