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A racy idea whose time has come

A racy idea whose time has come

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

13.

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

present."

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).

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