As a part of the 10th Anniversary of East Timor independence
celebrations, President Ramos-Horta launched the inaugural Tour de
Timor, which ran from August 24th to August 28th. The mountain-bike
road race swept through nine of the East Timor's 13 districts,
encompassing breathtaking views during the day. The evenings were
filled with cultural enrichment as the event stopped at traditional
villages where local communities hosted competitors
overnight. President Ramos-Horta believes the event
represented the spirit of peace, competition and adventure.
The 300 registered riders traveled the length and breadth of the
young nation in just five days, experiencing the different sights
East Timor had to offer. The riders were exposed to beautiful
coastlines, tropical jungles and mountain vistas, riding through
Baucau, Viqueuque, Betano and Maubisse just to name a few. The
tracks comprised of paved and virgin roads, ensuring new challenges
for the competitors. On their journey, riders were also able to see
firsthand the coffee plantations that are fueling East Timor's
growing export industry.
The Tour de Timor will run annually and more information can be
found at www.tourdetimor.com.
Read the Australian Aid International cycling team's blog of the 2009 Tour de Timor.
The images featured in the above gallery were taken by race
participant Huw Kingston of Wild Horizons during the course of the