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First Taiwan Cycling Festival set to roll in October

2010/09/13 16:48

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwan will hold its first cyclingfestival in October to boost international cycling tourism to theisland, the Tourism Bureau said in a statement released over theweekend.

The Taiwan Cycling Festival, which is scheduled to run from Oct.16-24 in eastern Taiwan, follows a series of events promoting thecountry that include the Taiwan Lantern Festival and the TaiwanCulinary Festival, according to the statement.

Taiwan Cup, a professional road race in the festival, has invited19 teams from 10 countries to compete, including the Dutch teamRabobank, which won third place at this year's Tour de France, thestatement said.

A total of 150 cyclists from Taiwan and abroad will join the210-kilometer tour. Prize money for the two pro races amounts to morethan NT$580,000 (US$18,290), it added.

Amateur riders can also sign up for two recreational races thataim to promote cycling and physical fitness.

In addition to the sporting activities, the Taitung and Hualiengovernments will cooperate with the bureau to organize a series ofevents featuring indigenous music, local cuisine, hot springs andother themes.

Organizers hope to attract 10,000 foreign tourists during thenine-day event, the bureau said.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh and C.Y. Lin)enditem/bc