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08 June 2006 :: 18:06:26 pm 7488

Pattaya Mountainbike Downtown 2006

Pattaya City Hall is to host a seminar entitled Pattaya Mountainbike Downtown 2002, on 5 July 2006, taking place at 14.00 pm in Room 401.
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                The City Council of Pattaya and The Running for Health and Mountainbiking Association have organized a Mountain Bike Race to be taken place on 10 and 11 July 2006. The race starts at Pratumnak Public Park. This Down-hill race is the first of its kind to be taken place in the centre of a town in Thailand.

                Pattaya Deputy Head Wuthisak Rermkitchakarn, will welcome participants of the race and spectators and declare the race officially opened.

                The race, being supported by the Pattaya City Council, is expected to attract at least 60 cyclists from all over the world, including Thai nationals. The Race will commence with individual cyclist starting at the top of the mountain proceeding down the slope of the hills followed by running down a flight of 15 steps, then proceed down a Hi-Speed slope past the View Point with another flight of 100 steps. The Finish point is at the Bali Hai Pier, locating next to the Sea Rescue Center. Runners with the least time spent from the Start to Finish point will be the winners. The competition will comprise of 3 rounds as follows:-

                The First Round (the Qualifying Round) will take place on Saturday 10th July 2006 at 1600 pm. Qualified applicants will proceed to the second round. NB. The result of the time used for running is not yet final.

                The Second Round ( Lap 1) will take place on Sunday 11 June at 1000 am. Applicants start from the Start point as the previous round, each of whom will be released at 1 minute interval after another.

                The Final Round (Lap 2) will take place on 11 June 2006 at 1400 pm, following the same procedure as yesterday and with each applicant being released at 1 minute interval.

Decision and Prizes
Applicants with the least running time from the Second or Third Round will be the winners. The Winning comprises of 9 categories as follows:-

Under 15   5 prizes, Down Hill group A  5 prizes, Down Hill group B 5 prizes, Aged 30-39 male 5 prizes, Aged 40 and above 5 prizes, Free Ride  5 prizes, Hard Trail  5 prizes, 
Ladies 3 prizes an anyone weighing 80kg up 3 prizes.

Rules of the competition

                In order to comply with the rule International Cyclists Federation (UCI), certain conditions of rules have been adapted to make it suitable and in accordance with the Thailand Cycling Federation under patronage of the Royal Sponsorship Project. Each applicant must be aware that cycling is a kind of sport that involves a lot of strenuous training and be responsible for his own safety at all time. There will be a team of doctors and nurses on stand by to help those in need of medical attention should the unlikely event happen.

                At the end of the seminar, there will be a display of mountainbike riding by professional cyclists as well al well- known Thai sports personalities, as well as namely Khun Sitichai Kertkaewmanee (Thailand team for 6 consecutive years), Khun Satyanun Abdulgari, The Silver Medalist from the recent Sea Games Tournament.

                The history of Mountainbiking , commonly known by the locals as Crosscountry, is used for leisurely riding on the street or, on difficult terrain as well as for racing in the sport arena. Other type of Mountainbiking are those that use specially designed bikes for riding down the slope of a hill. Such bikes are designed especially for climbing mountains as they are more robust and can support the weight of both the riders as well as riding on rough services. These bikes are not suitable for using on flat surfaces and serve a different purpose to the ones used for Cross-country racing.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : DCman   Category : Sports News

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