Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Loei Provincial Administration, Life and Living Bikenet, and Nok Air organizes the “Tour of I-san Loei Classic” on 7 June, 2015. The event, which is aimed at promoting green tourism in the northeastern region of Loei, is set to attract some 300 cyclists from Thailand and around the world.
Mrs. Somradee Chanchai, TAT’s Executive Director of the Northeastern Region said, “The Loei Classic is one of the five routes being planned under the Tour of I-san cycling tour campaign. Four other races will be organised in Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani. Each will feature a scenic and unique cycling course that highlights key attractions in the respective province. The ultimate goal is to entice more tourists and travellers to visit I-san, where an amazing diversity of traditional cultures await discovery.”
The 70-km Tour of I-san Loei Classic is open to everyone from professionals to amateur cyclists under two categories – A for road bicycle and B for mountain bicycle. The winners in both categories will be awarded with champion trophies and cycling jerseys. Applications for the race is open from now until 31 May, 2015, and for 300 cyclists only.
All race categories will start and finish at the Phu Pa Pao aka Loei’s Fuji Mountain, in Phu Luang district. The cycling route features a scenic, loop course that travels past lush nature and through cultural and ethnic communities of Loei, including Suan Hin Pha Ngam, a strangely beautiful limestone garden aged around 230-280 million years – similar to the stone garden in China’s Kunming; Phu Pa Pao and Phu Ho; and the Thai Dam community, known for the sacred Phi Ta Khon and Phi Kon Nam rituals.