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Taiwan to host international cycling marathon

2011/03/10 19:15

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan's first international cyclingmarathon will take place in Pingtung County in May on a new roadaround a bay in the southern county, the Tourism Bureau announcedThursday.

The Dapeng Bay International Cycling Marathon, sanctioned byFrench cycling club Audax Club Parisien, will run May 21-22 on the12.3 km road around Dapeng Bay, said Johnson Sheu, director of theDapeng Bay Scenic Area Administration, at a press conference held atthe Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

The news came following an announcement that 47 local cyclistsare scheduled to participate in the 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200 kmevent -- the world's oldest bicycling event on the open road -- inAugust 21-25.

Led by Cheng Wen-chang, who in 2007 became the first person fromTaiwan to complete the cycling challenge, the participants finished200km, 300km, 400km and 600km rides this year to qualify for theFrench event, which began in 1891.

"It will be a great achievement if I can complete the ride," saidHana Hung, one of eight female cyclists to register for the race.

The cyclists will ride individually and will try to complete theride, also called the Brevet, within 90 hours.

The French event, beginning on the southern side of Paris andtraveling west 600 km to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Oceanand returning along the same route, is organized every four years bythe host Audax Club Parisien.

(By Kendra Lin)ENDITEM/J