We’re headed to Thailand this fall to tour Vee Tire Co’s plantation and factory, so while there we figured we may as well check out the riding that helps inform their tire designs. And what better way than to join the country’s largest enduro race? After checking out the details, we thought it worth sharing. Because, if you’re headed there from the States, it’s hard to think of a better way to use that Thanksgiving break! Here’s the full press release, along with a video Vee-sponsored rider Phil Atwill showcasing the area…
PRESS RELEASE: The International Chiang Mai Enduro is one of the most anticipated mountain bike events in Asia. Taking place between 28th November – 1st December 2019 there is more buzz being generated than ever before for this year’s event and the first time, the International Chiang Mai Enduro will be a stage of the Asia-Pacific Continental Series of the Enduro World Series with the top 3 participants of each EWS category being eligible to participate in the Enduro World Series in 2020.
The International Chiang Mai Enduro is proud to announce Amazing Thailand as the title sponsor for the 2019 event with the aim to raise the profile of the event even further, and to help promote tourism and in particular eco-tourism throughout the region.
“We are delighted to announce the partnership between the International Chiang Mai Enduro and Amazing Thailand” stated H.S.H Nawaphansa Yugala, Race director of ICE. “We look forward to promoting the beautiful province of Chiang Mai through our shared values of sustainability and eco-tourism”.
Riders can register for the event online. Participants can expect a wide variety of trails, from fast and flowy to steep and rocky, at elevations ranging from 300m (1000 ft) to 1400m (4500 ft) through a mix of evergreen forest to deciduous forest. Typical temperatures can range from 10 degrees C (50 Fahrenheit) at higher altitudes to 25 degrees C (77 Fahrenheit) at lower altitudes.
The registration price is 4800 THB which is inclusive of the following:
- A lifetime experience and a chance to compete in the EWS Asia-Pacific Continental Series
- Professionally timed by SportIdent
- 4 days of Uplift twice daily on practice days ( 28-29 November), and once on each ICE days
- National Park fees for 28 November -1 December
- Finisher medal
- Closing ceremony dinner
- ICE start pack
- Donation to a charitable cause
- A chance to win prizes valued at over 100,000 THB
- Professional quality photos
- 40+ staff dedicated to your good times!
Chiang Mai is a vibrant city and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. The city was capital of the Lanna Kingdom until 1558 and with its rich culture and heritage there are, as expected plenty of sights and attractions to keep riders occupied between riding. Chiang Mai is also renowned for its cuisine, whether it be traditional Northern cuisine or international fare, there is something for everybody.
About the International Chiang Mai Enduro
The International Chiang Mai Enduro is one of the leading enduro mountain biking event in Asia. Taking place in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, otherwise known as the ‘rose of the North’, riders get to experience some of the most incredible trails in the world.
The event aims to offer a world class racing experience, from carefully chosen accommodation, a global standard timing system, a variety of dining options and a wide variety of mountain biking trails. All bought to you with the warmth and hospitality of the people of Chiang Mai.
ICE 2019 has been chosen as a venue for the Asia-Pacific Continental Series of the Enduro World Series – the first event of this magnitude has been held in Thailand and is bought to you by Amazing Thailand, an organization set up in 1924 with the aim to promote tourism in Thailand, to accommodate tourists and to maintain tourist locations and accommodation.
The event is organized by Trailhead Thailand, a leading tour company offering the best mountain biking tours in Chiang Mai and the event is supported by a number of companies including Vee Tire Co. Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar and Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Thai Airways is an official partner, offering benefits for excess baggage to help in reducing travel costs. More information can be found on the official website.
Please visit http://www.internationalchiangmaienduro.com/ for more information and for registration.
(Full disclosure: Vee Tire Co is supporting our trip to Thailand and covering Tyler’s entry into this event.)