Coinciding with the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, the increasingly popular Angkor Wat Bike Ride is held on Saturday 30 November 2013 on the grounds of the magnificent Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap. The different courses will take participants along narrow roads, passing spectacular backdrops with ancient temples, lush jungle, monkeys, cows, water buffaloes, elephants, rice paddies and local villages.
Both start and finish of the Angkor Bike Rally is in front of the majestic Angkor Wat
The main objective of the race is to raise funds for Village Focus' projects in Cambodia. It is, however, also important that all participants and spectators have a good time and will give participants a lighter view of Angkor Wat and surrounding temples whilst, at the same time, a good workout.
The 30 km Angkor Bike Ridey can be a leisurly tour of the Angkor complex and allows participants to fully appreciate the beautiful scenery on traffic-free roads. Due to the relatively flat course, most people with a moderate fitness level should be able to join and participate For the more hard-core racers out there, the competition is pretty fierce with many strong competitors in the 100km race - both local and international.
Participants and keen cyclists come from all over the world including Estonia, the Philippines, Mauritius, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia, China, Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Singapore, Switzerland and, of course, Cambodia.
The route is paved all the way and is in relatively good condition, but there are some some potholes and small stretches with uneven surface. It's good fun and despite the early start, remember to drink enough water...!!!
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Please visit Village Focus / Bike4Kids online registration page to register online.
Harnessing Oodlesofdosh through Pedalling and Exhaustion...
Whilst many people in western countries will be facing the thought of only a few Saturdays left for X-mas shopping, your local team at angkorhotels.org, trustees from HOPE, local hotel- and guesthouse owners and many people in Cambodia will be contemplating yet another cycle challenge.
Angkor Wat and the Angkor temples make a spectacular backdrop for an awesome cycle ride and enthused by earlier cycle rides and fundraising efforts, the young adults at Sangkheum Center for Children, Anjali House and Salariin Kampuchea not only wanted to take on a challenge, but to help raise funds for themselves and the next generation of young adults supported by HOPE.
With valuable support from a generous donation of bicycles given to the young adults at Sangkheum by Hotel de La Paix (now reopened as Park Hyatt Siem Reap) which ran a joint campaign with MasterCard and their kind guests, this has now become an exciting challenge for a dedicated team of young adults, educators and supporters to train for the annual 30 km cycle ride around the Angkor temples and some even double up with the running events on the Sunday.
After successfully participating in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 races, HOPE is sporting another enthusiastic field of Young Adults in the Angkor Bike Ride 2013...
For more information, updates, current fundraising status and secure online donation options, please also visit the HOPE's' online fundraising page.
NOTE: Friends and supporters in the UK can also text HOPE64 £1 / £2 / £5 / £10 / £20 / £30 to 70070 (e.g. text HOPE64 £5 to 70070) to support the young adults harnessing oodles of energy through pedalling and exhaustion.
Accommodtion during the Angkor Bike Ride weekend
If you are looking for accommodation during the Angkor Bike Ride and / or the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, please check out these fine properties that offer special rates for event participators. Make sure you note that you will participate in the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, Angkor Bike Ride or any of the other races available when making a booking.
Sokha Angkor Resort (Official Accommodation Partner)
Conveniently located in the centre of Siem Reap with walking distance to the Old Market, Sokha Angkor Resort offers a range of tastefully decorated rooms and suites. Additionally, you will find an outside salt water swimming pool, its signature Jasmine Spa to loosen up tense muscles and a variety of fine in-house dining options.
All participants of the Angkor Bike Ride and Angkor Wat International Half Marathon will get an additional 25% discount on the published and already discounted rates on angkorhotels.org. Please make sure to note that you will participate in the Angkor Bike Ride events at the time of booking.
My Home Tropical Garden Villa
Located a 5-minute walk from the hustle bustle of Siem Reap's Old Market area, My Home Tropical Garden villa is locally owned and operated and offers 'hotel standards at guesthouse prices', this is a fine place to rest your head without breaking the budget. Traditional Khmer massage treatments can also be arranged to relieve sore limbs.
Shining Angkor Boutique Hotel
Family-owned and locally managed, Shining Angkor is conveniently located in a quiet residential area only a short ride from the Angkor temples. With spacious rooms and salt water swimming pool, Shining Angkor is a very good budget alternative for participants in this years events.
Soria Moria Boutique Hotel
Soria Moria Boutique Hotel is centrally located in the popular Wat Bo Area and offers a combined experience of traditional Khmer hospitality and Scandinavian sophistication. Soria Moria is also the base and meeting point for the popular 'Sunday cycle rides' leading up to the event.
If you can't make it to Siem Reap and Cambodia on the day of the race, but are thrilled by the idea of visiting Angkor on two wheels, you can always experience Angkor by bicycle – leisurely day trips or multi-day adventure expeditions – in the company of experienced and certified cycle guides.