An idea that many people have talked about is finally taking concrete form after
an announcement last week that cyclo races will be held in Phnom Penh on February
French baker Serge Chevalier is one of the primary movers behind what is being called
"The Phnom Penh 4 Hour Cyclo-pousse."
The sporting event, which is open to both Khmer and foreign entrants, has the full
support of the Ministry of Tourism.
At a press conference at the No Problem Cafe to announce the races, Chevalier said
that the competition will be limited to 50 teams of two persons each. Seven teams
of foreign drivers have already registered.
"We don't know yet what reward the winners will get," said Chevalier, who
has experience in organizing car races. "But each (entrant) will get a small
The organizers are looking for sponsors and hope that those in the community will
come forward to support competitors.
From the Ministry of Tourism's point of view, the event will help promote a progressive
image of the Kingdom and demonstrate that the Khmer people "are moving ahead,"
according to a ministry press release.
The racers will start on Preah Sothearos Blvd. in front of the Royal Palace, heading
south to Street 240 where they will turn right and then pass around the park to head
to Independence Monument. They will then make the turn and head back to the finish
line near the Foreign Ministry.
For further information about the races contact the Ministry of Tourism: Chenda Sok
(015911932), Vuddhara Heng (015912459), or Serge Chevalier (015912459).