Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Thu 11/Jun/09 8:26am

President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. José Ramos-Horta today announced the inaugural Tour de Timor bicycle race, which will run from August 24th to 28th 2009. The event is a unique 5 day 350km mountain-bike road-race, which has a lucrative prize pool of USD$50,000, offers free registration and entry for participants and significant regional and international press coverage. The Tour de Timor will be an unparalleled means for participants and supporters to experience Timor-Leste, travelling through 9 of Timor-Leste's 13 Districts in just 5 days, with 4 nights in and amongst traditional villages of Timor-Leste. President Ramos-Horta welcomes all participants and supporters to utilise the Tour de Timor as an opportunity to showcase the wondrous beauty of Timor-Leste as well as contribute alongside the President and people of Timor-Leste in making the capital Dili a ‘City of Peace' in 2009.

The first of what will be an annual event, Tour de Timor is being billed as a major sporting challenge but one delivered in the spirit of international peace. As President Ramos-Horta described it, "We Timorese have had the benefit of extraordinary international support for our commitment to the creation of a democratic, inclusive, and harmonious society. As we move towards achieving that goal, it is fitting that we celebrate our potential with friends and neighbours from across Timor-Leste and from overseas. Tour de Timor will bring people together in a spirit of friendly competition, where ultimately everyone's a winner".

The President then announced that the overall first prize will be worth USD$15,000, with the overall prize money summing USD$50,000. Generous prizes will be given to teams and individual placing with additional prizes for the first female, junior and masters entrant.

Tour de Timor is a multi-stage bicycle race that is open to Timor-Leste and International cyclists. The race distance is approximately 350km, spanning the beautiful coastal and mountain environs of Timor-Leste. The race reaches altitudes of approximately 2000m, and when racing from sea level, this makes the hill stages on the Tour as challenging as any hill section in the world. The course has been designed to take riders through the most spectacular terrains of Timor-Leste: from high mountain ranges to tropical jungle, through the cool high-altitude coffee country and along the picturesque undulating coastlines. The course will start in Dili on the morning of Monday the 24th of August and end in Dili on Friday the 28th of August 2009. Arrival registration will occur on Saturday and Sunday 22/23 August 2009 at the new Presidential Palace in Dili.

Route. The challenging circuit of the Tour de Timor travels from Dili on the first day to the old coastal city of Baucau, with 131km of undulating coastal roads through fishing villages and volcanic plains. Day two is a challenging climb taking riders over the ancient lands of Baucau and Viqueuque through the great mountains of Mundo Perdido and Matebian, and finishing at the FALINTL hill country town of Loihuno, Viqueque. Day three is a flat ride where competitors will ride through riverbeds and along bumpy roads through the stunning south coast through Natabora and Betano, Day 4 is the most challenging day with a near 2000m climb over the spine of the country, before a relieving downhill to the mountain retreat of Maubisse, under the careful watch of the soaring Mount Ramelau. The final day takes riders through undulating terrain, through beautiful rice paddy fields and thickly forested mountain coffee plantations with a dog-leg through the town of Gleno before a descent into Dili.

There will be both individual and team categories using international cycling standards and rules of racing. All participants are encouraged to form teams (of 4 riders) and those who are not will be grouped in to teams for friendly and administrative purposes. The cumulative times of each rider will be counted to give the overall points which will determine the final results. Like the famous Tour de France bicycle race, riders will only race during the day and rest during the evening. The leader of each stage will wear the yellow leader's racing shirt for the following day, adding to the excitement for the riders and spectators along the course.

President Ramos-Horta went on to say, "We extend a warm invitation to the Timor-Leste and International cycling community, and to anyone who wants to try - even the Media! - to join us on a unique journey through the world's newest nation. Journalists from television, radio and print are especially welcome to bring this exciting and unique event into the lives of people around the nation and to our friends and adventure enthusiasts around the world".

The Tour de Timor is the principal sporting event of the historic 10th Anniversary of the Popular Consultation celebrations to be held this August 2009. The period of the race has been structured so that International competitors can fly in on the weekend of Sat/Sun 22-23 Aug 09, and return on Sat/Sun 29-30 August, thus escaping for only one working week. Of course all participants are encouraged to join in the many events that will occur on the weekend of 29/30 August for the biggest celebrations of the year in Timor-Leste.

Regional States and Nations are encouraged to support representative teams in the same spirit as the successful ASEAN and ARAFURA games. With only 11 weeks until the race the organising committee is committed to assist with coordination and providing information to help representative teams compete in the event.

Interested parties can apply for sponsorship opportunities for this event, which will be filmed, televised and made available for international distribution.

For further information contact: The Tour de Timor Public Relations / Sponsorship Manager, Sean Borrell on +670 7382208 / tourdetimor@gmail.com
Visit Tour de Timor Website at http://www.tourdetimor.com
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Re: Tour De Timor

Postby Tama on Thu 11/Jun/09 8:31am

How freaking cool is this :ib:
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby fandangle on Thu 11/Jun/09 1:27pm

very freaking cool I must say... anyone know how much flight is to East timor? Can't seem to find it.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby LeMatelot on Thu 11/Jun/09 2:09pm

fandangle wrote:very freaking cool I must say... anyone know how much flight is to East timor? Can't seem to find it.


Well. Darwin to Dili is "from $A 243" according to AIRNORTH.

If you look at the calendar, you could do this race and then drop in at Canberra for the World Champs on the way home.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby SamKnight on Fri 12/Jun/09 8:19pm

Join the Army terries and they'll fly you ther for free, and pay you to be there :thumbsup:
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby tourdetimor on Sun 14/Jun/09 2:56pm

Hi Guys, Glad to here you are interested in the Tour de Timor. It is a one of a kind opportunity for sure, with the President himself as the creator and patron of the event. The plan is that rider is met at the airport on Sat or Sunday 22/23 August and is cared for until departure, including meals, water, accomodation, race support etc. Though it will not be just this. During the challanging tour, riders will be met by thousands of Timorese villagers at every night location and experience a very unique cultural experience. Special accomodation will be constructed in very remote, though carefully selected picturesque and historic locations for visitors to experience a different way of life along with a great community of adventurous competitors from around the world.

This event is 100% not for profit. A great amount of work is going into channelling all sponsorship and support to the each and every rider's experience. It is the 'one percenters' that we plan on providing that will set this ride apart from any race in the world. Every visitor will be made to feel like an Ambassador.

We have had discussions with AirNorth to organise special charter flights for the event from Darwin to Dili and return and expect a package to be announced this week. The bottom line is that these flights should at least be cheaper than published fares, though we are hoping for much more. Our intent is that riders can be met at Darwin airport and escorted the whole way through. President Ramos-Horta has also organised for riders to be met at Dili airport by his personal staff and escorted through with no Visa fees and the like.

The tour is more than just a bike race with great prizes (which will be more than just the cash). This race will demostrate that Timor is a safe and incredibly hospitable destination. This race will also inspire Timorese athletes of all disciplines, who until now have had very little support, though can be found training in the cities and hills of Timor every day. We interviewed the top Timorese rider a couple of days ago who was very excited about having world class MB and Road Cyclists attending the race. The first prize is almost 10 times a base yearly wage in Timor, though Jorge like other Timorese competitors is more interested in showing of his country to fellow athletes and learning from International competition than winning the money. Isnt this what competitive sport is all about? Needless to say, our Timorese riders are training every day riding up and down the steep roads of Timor looking forward to putting on some stiff competition.

I hope this helps clarify a little more about the race. We are stoked that Vorb has generated some interest and hope you guys visit our website http://www.tourdetimor.com and start putting a team together.

Please email us at tourdetimor@gmail.com or post questions on this blog and we will get back to you asap.

Happy riding!

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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby maumessak on Mon 15/Jun/09 3:26pm

There are four ways you can easily come and visit us here in Timor Leste.
1 Fly in from Darwin Australia using Airnorth-regional flights.http://www.airfaresflights.com.au/austr ... /Air_North
2.The second way is through Indonesia via Bali using Merpati airlines. It is around US$350 return from Bali .
3The third way is through Singapore using Austasia airlines cost is aorund US$700 flying in from Singapore ( Other readers may correct me on this as that's the information that was passed onto me) . Better still check out the websites.http://www.mne.gov.tl/en/index.php?opti ... t-schedule
4The last and cheapest way is to Fly in to Kupang (capital city of West Timor) using any of the Indonesian carriers or again using Airnorth, but then take the Bus ride from Kupang to Dili, around US$40.00 (return, and a 10 hour busride, over some of the most unusual terrain. Note that you get a visa on arrival in Timor but check with Indonesian authorities regarding their visa requrements
Come and enjoy the ride, and because it is the 10th nniversary of our popular consultation (we voted almost unanimously for Independence), there is going to be one hell of a party to finish off. We have the UN here, with people from every corner of the globe, we are a mix between asian and european peoples with different cultural backgrounds and we are going to give the malais(Tetun for foreigners) a run for the $50,000.00 prizemoney. But what the heck, it will be an adventure we promise you'll never forget.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby RussS on Mon 15/Jun/09 4:07pm

Bloody awesome sounding fun. Have to check the cost of getting the bike from here to Darwin first i guess.
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Postby nugget on Mon 15/Jun/09 9:02pm

hi all,

if anyone is thinking of doing this.... rip into it!!! i have just completed 9 months in Dili constructing the NZ embassy, so can in all honesty say that you will never forget it. i have travelled the route mentioned by moto, ( kawasaki 650 from hired from tiger fuel!) and are still fizzing about my road trips 5 months after coming home.friendly people, beautiful beaches, lush forest, rice paddies, high plateaus, it has it all. you will see army, police, guns, machetes, troop carriers.....its mayhem, but in a really lively, cool way. they have been tidying up heaps since we first went up, and for the first time visitor appears to be a tinderbox ready to blow up, but cashel st on a friday night is a much riskier proposition! take ride snacks, anything you need to fix your bike,specialised bike kit. there are a couple of wee bike shops, but anyone going for this race wouldnt be buying stuff from there. do some climbing practice, the hills are meaty. food in the restaurants is ok, beware the local meat is high chance of TB, hard pressed to find fresh veg, everything in dili pretty much flown in. weather will be good, didnt rain at all between june and dec last year, can get cold up top, ( ie: see your breath....dont get caught!) accomodation is sparse, we were posted at timor lodge, which is mainly converted shipping containers, but has a pool! take a snorkal and flippers, beaches are great. massive statue of jesus, ala rio de janerio, old portugese architecture. i loved it. did heaps of exploring and will never forget it. went north to south, east to west, and climbed as high as you can go. stood in ww II japanese bunkers and forts from the 16th century. i went in via darwin and also singapore, darwin was a much better option for not turning up knackered. try bali via merpati airlines if you want a holiday on the way back. if anyone wants to know anything at all, dont hesitate to contact me via andrew.murray@leighsconstruction.com if anyone wants to sponser my air ticket....i'll ride in your team in a heartbeat!!! dont miss out on an awesome, awesome experience.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby LeMatelot on Tue 30/Jun/09 1:51pm

There has been some comment about the male vs female prizemoney for this race, so I contacted the organisers and they have reviewed it and increased the prizemoney for women. 1st female rider now gets same $$ as 2nd overall rider. They have also added some other categories, and included special prizes for the highest placed East Timor riders, who, in all fairness, cannot be expected to have the same access to high-tech bikes and support as the international riders.

Latest prize breakdown is attached, increased from $50,000 to $75,000 US. New prizes, or changed prizes, are in blue text. Prizes are also now cumulative, so the 1st placed woman could also get the 12th place overall prizemoney too.
Tour de TImor Prizes 30Jun09.pdf
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby Tama on Tue 30/Jun/09 2:44pm

LeMatelot wrote:There has been some comment about the male vs female prizemoney for this race, so I contacted the organisers and they have reviewed it and increased the prizemoney for women. 1st female rider now gets same $$ as 2nd male rider. They have also added some other categories, and included special prizes for the highest placed East Timor riders, who, in all fairness, cannot be expected to have the same access to high-tech bikes and support as the international riders.

Latest prize breakdown is attached, increased from $50,000 to $75,000 US. New prizes, or changed prizes, are in blue text. Prizes are also now cumulative, so the 1st placed woman could also get the 12th place overall prizemoney too.

That's a bloody good booty haul. I hope this event gets the support it deserves from international riders.

Anyone know of any Vorbii/ Kiwis considering it?
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby fandangle on Thu 2/Jul/09 4:47pm

Yep, I'm keen as beans.

Struggling to organise a team for this at the moment thou. But think I'll register and book flights in the next week or so regardless. :thumbsup:
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Postby aai on Wed 8/Jul/09 1:47pm

Hi I am going to Tour de Timor with Australian Aid International, an international non-profit, non-government organisation committed to mitigating the double burden of poverty and poor access to quality health care in regions where health systems have either collapsed or are in crisis through the provision of emergency medical care, general and public health services and capacity building. Volunteers for AAI have responded to natural disasters and man made ones over the years and have done a lot of work in East Timor.

See our website at www.aai.org.au and we have set up a page about the race here: http://www.aai.org.au/tourdetimor/tourdetimor.html, if you or anyone can support us please let me know by posting here or contcting me through the AAI website and make Attention to Paul Piaia.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby LeMatelot on Sun 30/Aug/09 1:08pm

Its all done and dusted for the inaugural race. Neil Van Der Ploeg and Tory Thomas took home the overall Men and Women winners cheques.

Put this one in the diary for next year. Bloody good.

Here are the series results - for the 5 days in total, including the King of the Mountains results. If a rider withdrew from a stage or DNS a stage, they will not show up in these series results, but will appear in the individual stage results.

You can get the individual stage results (which will show all the riders) from post # 71 onwards here.

Photo Albums (including course maps and course profiles) are:
Pre Race Photos
Stage 1 Photos
Stage 2 Photos
Stage 3 Photos
Stage 4 Photos
Stage 5 and Presentation Photos

A couple of Kiwis are here and here.
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Re: Tour De Timor - 5 Day Mountain Bike Race

Postby rockit on Sun 30/Aug/09 3:24pm

Go Trev and Barryn!
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