Road cycle tour with a champion
BANGKOK, 20 August 2014: Cycle alongside the legendary Sean Kelly, a former Tour de France contender, who will lead a SpiceRoads Cycle Tour from Bangkok to Phuket in February 2015.
That’s the invitation from SpiceRoads Cycle Tours that announced, Tuesday, it has contracted legendary pro cycling champion Sean Kelly to return to Thailand for a second time to lead the February 13 to 22 tour.
This specialised bike tour is designed for cyclists who want to push themselves and at the same time have an opportunity to ride with a former professional cyclist.
For serious cyclists, the trip will offer training tips and the opportunity to ride with a champion who raced against Tour de France greats — Eddie Merckx, Greg LeMond, Laurent Fignon, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain — in the European classics and Grand Tours.
Alan Benson who rode on the Sean Kelly tour in 2014 said: “To have the chance to actually ride with him for a few days was for me, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Riding with Sean was mighty, he is a pure gentleman.”
Hailing from Ireland, Kelly was one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, and one of the finest classic riders of all time. From turning professional in 1977 until his retirement in 1994, he won nine monument classics, and 193 professional races in total. During his career he started in the Tour de France 15 times and wore the maillot vert on four occasions, won Paris-Nice seven years in a row and the first UCI World Cup in 1989.
Retired from professional cycling since 1994, Kelly remains involved in the sport, as a TV commentator for Eurosport covering the Tour de France, and the founder of the Sean Kelly Cycling Team. Kelly is rightly regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen to ever come from Ireland.
On the Bangkok to Phuket tour cyclists will ride 924 km in eight cycling days. The group, which will be limited to 30 participants who have road riding experience, will ride along both the east and the west coast of Thailand and overnight at resorts along the way, with afternoons free to enjoy the beach or the pool.
The tour starts in the Thai capital of Bangkok and ends at Mai Khao beach on the resort island of Phuket.
The Ride with Sean Kelly tour cost is USD3,000 and will be fully supported by air-conditioned vehicles, with water, sports drinks and snacks provided during the ride. Riders can bring their own bikes, or rent a Trek Domane 2.3 road bike from SpiceRoads for USD250, or a carbon Trek Emonda S5 for USD350.
SpiceRoads is a specialist bicycle tour operator based in Bangkok offering a range of two-wheel tours throughout Asia. SpiceRoads tours cater for every level of cyclist and range from day-trips to complete country explorations. Participants are invited to join tours with fixed date departures scheduled throughout the year.