Tour of Phuket 2023 post-event Press Release

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Tour of Phuket 2023 concludes with Huge Success

Phuket, Thailand Tour of Phuket 2023 has come to a close, and it was such a great success! Over 200 participants took part in the event, including local and international riders from around the world. Riders got to explore Phuket and Phang-nga on two wheels and enjoyed the fresh air and breathtaking views along the route.

The event was organized by Cycosports and Pablo Fitness, a leading sports organizer from Singapore. The cycling route was carefully planned to take riders through some of the most beautiful spots, roads along the beach, and the local villages’ rich culture.

The race was divided into 3 stages

STAGE I

March 10, 2023, at Phuket Gateway (Phuket City Gate)

The Individual Time Trail race began at Phuket Gateway today with the first rider setting off at 3p.m. at the starting line. The race was set over a flat, winding course that cover a distance of 4.48 km. The challenge with some technical turns and headwinds, but weather conditions were perfect for cycling, with clear skies and a light breeze.

Here is a victorious list of leaders who complete the course with the best timing in their category

  1. Elite: Tegshbayar Batsaikhan, Roojai Online Insurance 05:32
  2. Masters: Matthew Brittain, Matador Racing 05:34
  3. Supermasters: Markus Uprus, Greyhounds 05:37
  4. Veterans: Chris Reilly, 4T2 05:56
  5. UltraVeterans: Kramer Douglass, 4T2 06:30
  6. Women’s Open: Dimity-Lee Duke 06:20

Overall, it was a great race day and set riders mentally ready for Stage 2, the next day.

STAGE II

March 11, 2023 – 151 km. Race with 2 KOM (King of Mountain) points

Tour of Phuket’s stage 2 started very early in the morning and everyone is anxious to start the race. They are all in their attacking mode by the time the pelotons started with a Race Director’s car leading vehicle, the teams attacked the race hard. Immediately, the fire was on, Roojai online insurance team took the lead in the Elite category, and Peter Pouly is their coach. Roojai team took the lead even before the first KOM spot. Although the Matador Racing, and Specialized Dynasty Mavericks tried to bring them down, the Roojai team was one minute and thirty seconds in front of the pelotons on both the first and second KOM they took the lead until the finish line.

The award presentation of the day was at the Wave Beach bar where riders enjoyed the famous Bangtao beach sunset

Here is the victorious list of winners on stage 2

Elite:

  1. Arttasorn Pansaard, Roojai Online Insurance
  2. Tegshbayar Batsaikhan, Roojai Online Insurance
  3. Midey Valentin, Roojai Online Insurance

Leader – Arttasorn Pansaard, Roojai Online Insurance
KOM – Midey Valentin, Roojai Online Insurance

Masters:

  1. Pichet Puengrang, AminoVITAL-Summit nich
  2. Suarasuk Taweesaman, AminoVITAL-Summit nich
  3. Oliver Ford, Greyhounds
  4. Leader – Pichet Puengrang, AminoVITAL-Summit nich 

Leader – Michael Naert, Matador Racin
KOM – Suarasuk Taweesaman, AminoVITAL-Summit nich

  1. Michael Naert, Matador Racing
  2. Marcus Uprus, Greyhounds
  3. Michael Whitesides, Specialized Dynasty Mavericks 

Leader – Michael Naert, Matador Racin
KOM – Michael Naert, Matador Racing

Veterans:

  1. Chris Reilly, 4T2
  2. Xavier Lecourt, Barracudas Phuket
  3. Alan Benson, Limerick Cycling Club 

Leader – Chris Reilly, 4T2
KOM – Xavier Lecourt, Barracudas Phuket

UltraVeterans:

  1. Kramer Douglass, 4T2
  2. Adrian Halkes, ChickenFish 852
  3. Helmrich Streitmatter, Z-Coaching

Leader – Kramer Douglass, 4T2
KOM – Kramer Douglass, 4T2

Women’s Open:

  1. Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching
  2. Lucy Kristina Richardson, Z-Coaching
  3. Ponnie Ramirez, Matador Racing

Leader – Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching
KOM – Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching

Gran Fondo riders although here to have fun, many complete the beast of the route on Day 2 and deserved praise!

STAGE III

March 12, 2023 – 111 km. Race with 1 KOM and 2 Sprinter points

The race started on an early beautiful day in Phuket at 6:30 a.m. everyone took off in more strategic mode for the team since they know who’s the leader. Specialize Dynasty Mavericks tried to take control of the pelotons but Roojai team was right there, ready to attack, the competition was real for the other teams. There were a couple of attacks that tried to get in front but Roojai team was determined to keep their leader & KOM jersey, and they took control of the pelotons.

In the middle of the race, two riders in front took off after the only KOM of the day Roojai Online Insurance and AmimoVITAL-Summit tried to fight for the second Sprinter, but the two riders from Roojai team pushed really hard. The last 3 km to the finish line leader attacked and went straight forward and he cross the finish line with both hands up in victory and celebration.

All the teams that participated are 2Y3 Racing, 4T2, Achilles and Co, Allianz World Quantum Racing,  AminoVITAL-Summit nich, ANZA, Aquatwo Cyclomotion (Tac), Barracudas Phuket, Bile Labs, Born Free to Run, ChickenFish 852, Cranks, Cycle Hub, Cycling Training cc, Dark Art Cycling, Dr. Moto WPS Suspension, Flying Croissants, Geylang Cycling, Greyhounds, Integrated Riding, KGB, Limerick Cycling, Matador Racing, Roojai Online Insurance, SCF Women Academy, Sentosa Express, Singapore Biking Vikings, Specialized Dynasty Mavericks, Standard Chartered, Swiss Club Riders, and Z-Coaching.

Stag 3 winners are:

Elite:

  1. Tegshbayar Batsaikhan, Roojai Online Insurance
  2. Midey Valentin, Roojai Online Insurance
  3. Arttasorn Pansaard, Roojai Online Insurance 

Leader – Arttasorn Pansaard, Roojai Online Insurance
KOM – Midey Valentin, Roojai Online Insurance
IS – Arttasorn Pansaard, Roojai Online Insurance

Masters:

  1. Thomas Amblard, Matador Racing 
  2. Pichet Puengrang, AminoVITAL-Summit nich
  3. Oliver Ford, Greyhounds

Leader – Pichet Puengrang, AminoVITAL-Summit nich
KOM – Suarasuk Taweesaman, AminoVITAL-Summit nich
IS – Matthieu Bedard, Allied World Quantum Racin

Supermasters:

  1. Michael Naert, Matador Racing
  2. Marcus Uprus, Greyhounds
  3. Michael Whitesides, Specialized Dynasty Mavericks 

Leader – Michael Naert, Matador Racing
KOM – Michael Naert, Matador Racing
IS – Keiichi Hayashi, Allied World Quantum Racing

Veterans:

  1. Chris Reilly, 4T2 
  2. Xavier Lecourt, Barracudas Phuket
  3. John Hughson, ANZA 

Leader – Chris Reilly, 4T2
KOM – Chris Reilly, 4T2
IS – Alan Benson, Limerick Cycling Club

UltraVeterans:

  1. Kramer Douglass, 4T2
  2. Adrian Halkes, ChickenFish 852
  3. Mike Hooper, Matador Racing 

Leader – Kramer Douglass, 4T2
KOM – Kramer Douglass, 4T2
IS – Mike Hooper, Matador Racing

Women’s Open:

  1. Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching
  2. Lucy Kristina Richardson, Z-Coaching
  3. Ponnie Ramirez, Matador Racing 

Leader – Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching
KOM – Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coachi
IS – Dimity-Lee Duke, Z-Coaching

“We’re thrilled with the success of the Tour of Phuket 2023,” said Pablo Toribio, the owner of Cycosports and Pablo Fitness. “It was wonderful to see so many people from around the world come together to enjoy the natural beauty of Phuket and Phang-nga on two wheels. My gratitude to all the sponsors who supported us; Blue Balls, Pure Sports Nutrition, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Chi Tree Health, Financial Carrot, Z-Coaching, The Wave Beach bar, Precision Fuel & Hydration, Coca-Cola, and JJ Pro Performance center. Especially the officials; the Thai Cycling Association, the government offices of Phuket, and Phang-nga, Sports Authority of Thailand, who gave us full support of the event We’re already planning the next event and can’t wait to welcome even more riders.”

What a great comeback! The Tour of Phuket 2023 was a great way to promote cycling tourism in Thailand and an opportunity for riders and locals alike to stay active and healthy while having fun exploring. It is truly a unique way to experience Thailand’s rich culture and hospitality. The Tour of Phuket 2024 will be on March 8, 9, and 10 – Don’t miss it!

For more information on Cycosports and their next event, please visit cycosports.com Contact: Alice Na Takuatung

Email: alice@cycosports.com , admin@cycosports.com
Phone: +66 83 506 1633