The Tour de France has been taking place in France for over 100 years. It happens in July and attracts a lot of attention from athletes, fans, and sports journalists.
With such success from the event, countries worldwide have also decided to create their own Tour de France cyclist competitions. On October 27, 2019, Thailand became the first country in Asean to attract the world-class cycling event.
This last weekend, Khao Lak in Phang Nga attracted local and international cyclists to test their limits and race a challenging and scenic course.
L’Étape by Le Tour De France
The cycling event, known as L’Étape Thailand by Le Tour De France, welcomed both professional and amateur cyclists to try the same course challenges and conditions in Thailand as if it were the official Tour de France race course.
“Having the same challenges and conditions of the official Tour de France track ensures that cyclists can experience the true Tour de France race, without having to travel too far away from where they live,” says Mathilde Lavoie, a sports spokesperson from Reviewbox.fr, “The French have been eagerly holding the Tour de France race for 116 years and it’s great that we are now able to share the exciting and exhilarating competition worldwide. Cycling really is for everyone and the races can be won by anyone.”
L’Étape by Le Tour De France is operated by Tour de France and has so far been held in 11 countries and five continents, with more getting involved every year. Since L’Étape du Tour first started in France in 1993, it has since expanded to the US, Australia, UK, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, and various other locations worldwide.
What Happened in This last weekend, Khao Lak in Phang Nga attracted local and international cyclists to test their limits and race a challenging and scenic course. and Who Won?
There were two races going on in Thailand this weekend, one was the 159 km race and the other was the 70 km race.
The 159 km race had a grizzling total elevation gain of 1,600 metres, it also featured the 2 King of the Mountain Challenge (Khao – Nang – Hong and Tha – Dai Hill), and 1 King of Sprint Challenge.
Whilst the 70 km race had a total elevation gain of 800 metres, and featured 1 King of Mountain Challenge (Tha – Dai Hill), and 1 King of Sprint Challenge.
In Khao Lak, the event also hosted a range of activities and held an Expo which featured a travelling Tour de France museum to welcome and encourage newcomers to the event and budding cyclists to get involved.
The 159 km men’s race was won by Valentin Midey who got an impressive gun time of 04:01:18. The 159 km women’s race was won by ChairinKulacha who got an incredible gun time of 04:04:28. See more race time results here.