Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tour of Cambodia proposed

Tour of Cambodia proposed

Tour of Cambodia proposed

The Kingdom of Wonder will be pedaling its way to next year’s International Cycling calendar if the Cambodian government approves a US$3.2 million proposal by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia to organise a globally televised men’s professional cycling event involving 120 riders of repute from all over the world.

Inspiration for this grandiose project, designed to showcase Cambodia as a world class sporting and tourism venue, had been drawn from the highly acclaimed Tour de Langkawi in neighbouring Malaysia. If the stage format event gets the federal nod, a Tour of the Kingdom of Cambodia would be contested sometime between late January and early February next year, revealed Secretary General of the NOCC Vath Chamroeun yesterday morning.

“Around 20 professional teams and many six-man national teams would be taking part in this event. Right now we are awaiting Government clearance,” said the NOCC official, adding that a Malaysian-based company had been tasked with the organisation of the event in league with a Cambodian event management firm.

The organisers have produced a brochure proposing a 750-kilometre route spread over five stages starting in Siem Reap and ending in Phnom Penh. A road recce to determine the actual distances for each stage along with the fixing of start and finish points would be held soon after the official green light is given.

The five-day event is planned to start with a time trial around the Angkor temples, before a race from Siem Reap to Battambang the following day.

On the third day, the field will compete from Battambang to Kampong Chhnang, and then make a transfer to Phnom Penh to ride up to Kampong Cham. The final day’s race held in Phnom Penh is slated to be a criterium, which features a 2-kilometre or less circuit that riders complete numerous laps over usually in the middle of a city to maximize spectatorship. The exact route has yet to be determined.

Organisers are also planning intermediate sprint competitions in towns along the way as a means of drawing the visitors’ attention to the Cambodian way of life in the provinces.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially