Tour of Phuket 2020
Tour of Phuket 2020
Tour of Phuket 2020
Tour of Phuket 2020
Tour of Phuket 2020

Tour of Phuket 2020

Tour of Phuket & Phang Nga

Thailand

06 Mar 2020 to 08 Mar 2020

The Tour of Phuket always delivers a fantastic weekend of cycling, whether you're racing over two or three days or participating in the weeke...

Tour of Phuket 2020

Tour of Phuket & Phang Nga

Thailand

06 Mar 2020 to 08 Mar 2020

The Tour of Phuket always delivers a fantastic weekend of cycling, whether you're racing over two or three days or participating in the weekend Gran Fondo


The event is one of the best on the Asian calendar for bringing the family with great hotels at all budget levels and loads of things to do in Phuket and Phang Nga..

Gran Fondo World Tour

Tour of Phuket & Phang Nga 2020

  • - 6-8 March 2020
  • - 5th Year Running
  • - GFWT Event
  • - Stunning Roads
  • - 3 Stage Tour
  • - Grade / Age Categories
  • - 2 Day Races
  • - 2 Stage Gran Fondo

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Details

Details

Welcome

Tour of Phuket and Phang Nga

The 5th edition of the Tour of Phuket promises to be even better. The event has racing options – a three stage tour starting with a prologue TT as well as classic two day race or a Gran Fondo events for Saturday and Sunday. 

As with previous years, participants are free to select accommodation that best suits their style and budget. The Tour of Phuket is family friendly with many hotels suited to bringing friends and family.



Gran Fondo World Tour

We are pleased to announce that the Tour of Phuket & Phang Nga 2020 is now part of the global Gran Fondo World Tour. By becoming part of this global series of events we hope to introduce riders from around the world to the scenic beauty of Phuket and Phang Nga.

With the exception of Korea, the Tour of Phuket & Phang Nga 2020 is the only other tour in the Asia region. With Phuket and Phang Nga providing a fantastic base for cycling and a vacation, whether with friends or the family, we hope to see riders participating in both the Gran Fondo event as well as competitive race categories.

Categories

Tour of Phuket Options

Phuket Pricing 8 Dec

Competitive Racing at the Amateur Level

Over the years we have trialed age groups as well as grades. In 2020, based on rider feedback, we are providing a "hybrid" model which gives competitive riders as well as weekend warriors, options to select a category that best suits their skill level and age. Note - Age is calculated as 2020-Year of Birth.

The 2020 Pelotons have been updated to:

  • Peloton A: Elite Open (17yr+)

  • Peloton B: Elite Masters (35yrs+)

  • Peloton C: Men's Open (17yr+), Men's Masters (45yr+), Veterans (55yr+)

  • Peloton D: Women's Elite (17yr+), Women's Open (17yr+) & Sport Open (17yr+)

  • Peloton E: Gran Fondo 

Riders will be provided with full tour support including waterbikes and wheelbikes, except Peloton E who will have Static Water Stops. 

 

Local Thai Team Pricing

The special pricing for local Thais and permanent residents is available:

  • Three Stage Tour package : 4495 BHT per rider
  • Two Stage Tour package : 3795 BHT per rider
  • Two Stage Gran Fondo : 2695 BHT per rider
  • Single Stage Gran Fondo : 1595 BHT per rider 

To qualify for the local package, the rider must:

  • hold a Thai National ID Card; or
  • Hold a valid Thai Work Permit; or
  • Reside in Thailand permanently due to family (marriage or parents)

Payment can be made to:

  • NAPAK Events, Siam Commercial Bank, Acc: 405-473032-6
Please notify us of your payment via:
  • Line ID: cozyinfo (0935492249), email: napak.cozy@gmail.com

Additional Points to Note

  • Race packages exclude race travel and hotel accommodation.

  • Change of race category is allowed at no charge up to the 1 March 2020, subject to slot availability.

  • Transfer of race entry to another person is allowed with a SG$50 admin fee until 1 March 2020.

  • Please read full rules and regulations.

Specific Event Terms & Conditions

The Tour of Phuket will follow with general race rules of Cycosports Road Races, with the addition of these rules:

Individual Prologue

  • Aero / TT Helmets are allowed
  • Clip-on TT Bars are not allowed
  • TT Specific bikes and solid disc wheels are not permitted
  • If a participant punctures / has a genuine mechanical during the TT, they will be given the option to undertake the TT one more time.

Team Support

  • Teams are allowed to hire their own support vehicle to supply water and wheels, however due to the small roads, the team vehicles must always remain behind the peloton. Any breakaways will be managed by the Cycosports wheel and water bikes.
  • If you are using tubulars, we strongly recommend you bring your own spare wheels.

Individual DNS / DNF

  • An individual who "Does Not Start" or "Does Not Finish" a stage, is allowed to start the next day's race and compete for individual / team placing for the new day.
  • Please let us know if you did not finish a stage (otherwise we may send out search parties)

Stages

Tour of Phuket Stage Details

6-8th March 2020

Tour de Phuket 2019

The roads just keep getting better! We aim to update this page as we get closer to the event with news of an even more scenic Stage 3. In the meantime, the course will be a mirror of 2019.

For those racing the Three Day Tour, the race kicks off with a short but deceivingly tough Individual Time Trial on the Friday afternoon.

On Saturday both Tour and Gran Fondo riders will take on the main stage (140km) that heads north to the Thailand mainland.

Then, Sunday the tour will come to a finale with the challenging (108km) stage that includes some tough KOM opportunities.

We are extremely excited about the course and the quality of roads. Combine the scenic routes with safe pelotons and you have a fantastic weekend of cycling in Thailand.

Download the A4 summary of Stage 2 & Stage 3

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Stage 1 : Individual Time Trial - Prologue

Friday 6th March - 2pm

Strava Profile - Click Here

Distance: 4.6km

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For those racing in the Three Day Tour, the action kicks off with a Prologue Time Trial of 4.6km.

The prologue will start at the Phuket Gateway park near the mainland bridge. The park will serve as the holding area for cyclists, providing a place to relax and watch the riders start and finish.

On the Friday riders can also collect their registration pack from 12 noon. There is no stress and no rush so even if you are a Gran Fondo rider, come down and collect your pack and watch the ITT action unfold.

Riders will be racing against the clock on a very smooth / fast road which has some minor elevations. The road is for most of the ITT course, a dedicated cycling path, increasing safety and providing a great riding surface.

The course is a simple, 4.7km loop with a couple of technical turns at the start and finish and a punchy little hill before the finish.

In past years some riders have asked whether 4.7km is enough? After they have ridden the course they have all said that it was twice as tough with the deceptive inclines and sea breeze.

While the ITT is in progress we will have a TV screen updating the results for all to see their placings.

Once your ITT is complete, you relax, unwind and watch others compete, or simply return to your hotel in your own time.

There is off-road parking for those coming by car, but extreme caution must be exercised as cyclists are warming up / racing.




Stage 2 : Phang Nga Beauty

Saturday 7th March (7:30am)

Distance: 137km, 

Strava Profile - Click Here

Tour of Phuket 2018

This will be the longest stage of approximately 137km heading north into some very scenic Thai countryside.

While the stage does utilise the main road for a fraction of the race, it is very safe with two lanes both ways and a very wide shoulder.

The northern part of the course follows the coast and then heads inland where the undulations will start to test the legs. At around 70km the stage's KOM will be fought, before riders head south again through beautiful country side. Further hills await which may prove to be a key breakaway spot.

After a short stint on the main road again, the route will drop down to a quieter road and the ultimate finish line.

The stage will feature some challenging sections that will test your teamwork and resolve to win.

Gran Fondo riders will head out on the same course following the race pelotons. There will be two static water stops to refill the bottles and take a break. Tired Gran Fondo riders can skip the loop at the top of the stage if they wish and will be tagged as completing the shorter course.

Stage 3: The Finale

Sunday 8th March - 7:30am

Double Phang Nga Peninsula Loop - 102km

Strava Profile - Click Here

Tour of Phuket Stage 3

The 3rd stage brings back the iconic route of 2017. The roads have been improved over the year delivering a fantastic road with outlooks over Phang Nga bay.

The course will test rider's tired muscles and provide ample opportunities for breakaways.

We expect the race to be wide open leading into the final stage, with plenty of attacks anticipated. There will be two KOM's for the Tour Riders.

 

Gran Fondo riders will head out on the same course following the race pelotons.

There will be two water stops for the Gran Fondo riders. Tired GF riders can decide to do one lap if they wish.

Schedule

Tour of Phuket - Three Day Schedule


To follow is a high level schudule of each race day. This will be updated as part of the detailed briefing that will be supplied on Monday 2th March.

Friday 6th March 2020

Time

Stage 1

Location

12:30

Registration Opens

Phuket Gateway

12:30

Mechanic Station Open

13:30

First Riders Arrive

14:15

ITT Prologue Starts

18:00

All Riders Complete

18:15

Prize Giving

18:15

Registration Closes

Saturday 7th March 2020

Time

Stage 2

Location

6:00

Mechanic Station Open

Football Pitch

6:30

First Riders Arrive / Support Teams Ready

7:30

First Peloton Starts (Each subsequent Peloton is 5 minutes)

7:45

Gran Fondo Starts

11:00

First Riders Finish

Football Pitch

12:00

Prize Giving (First Pelotons)

13:20

Last Riders In

15:00

Sundowner Gathering (Location TBA)

Sunday 8th March 2020

Time

Stage 3

Location

6:00

Mechanic Station Open

Football Pitch

6:30

First Riders Arrive / Support Teams Ready

 

7:30

First Peloton Starts (Each subsequent Peloton is 5 minutes)

 

10:15

First Riders Finish

Football Pitch

11:30

Prize Giving (First Pelotons)

 

12:00

Closing Party

 

13:00

Last Riders In

 

13:30

Tour Ends

 

 

Hotels

Accommodation

Hotels Map

The great thing about the Tour of Phuket is that you have the flexibility to choose where you would like to stay. We recommend riders to stay fairly close to the Sarasin Bridge area as this is where the stages start and finish. Alternatively some riders stay further afield and hire a car for the event.

Below are a list of hotels near to the tour Start / Finish Locations. You may also like to check out AIRBNB / Villa Rental options.

Mai Khao Hotels (South of Sarisin Bridge)

  • Holiday Inn Mai Khao
  • Marriott's Mai Khao Beach
  • Marriott's Phuket Beach Club
  • Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao
  • Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
  • JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
  • SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort
  • Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
  • Mai Khao Beach Bungalow
  • Dvaree Mai Khao beach
  • Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa Maikhao Phuket
  • Maikhao Hotel managed by Centara
  • Maikhao Home Garden Bungalow
  • Maikhao Palm Beach Resort
  • Maikhao Beach Residence
  • Coriacea Boutique Resort

Phang Nga Hotels (North of Sarisin Bridge)

  • Santhiya Phuket Natai Resort & Spa
  • Atleenta Phuket
  • akyra Beach Resort
  • Baba Beach Club Phuket
  • Natai House

Holiday Inn Mai Khao

Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn Mai Khao is located halfway between the airport and the Sarasin Bridge. The hotel is right on Mai Khao beach so a great place to relax after racing. 

Cycosports Tour Rates

There are options for the Single / Twin Deluxe Garden View room at THB 3,600.-net per room per night (room only) and Single / Twin Deluxe Garden View room at THB 4,100.-net per room per night including breakfast. 


For a preview of the resort please check out the video here


To make your booking please complete this form and send the completed form to saleshkt1@holidayinnmaikhao.com

Flying In

Book Your Flights Early

Tour Riders need to be at the Phuket Gateway by 2pm on the Friday. Gran Fondo riders need in Phuket on the night of the 6th March in order to start on time for the start early Saturday morning. All activities will be finished by 1pm on Sunday. We would recommend a flight leaving Phuket no earlier than 5pm.

Hong Kong to Phuket

Thai Airways   :    AirAsia   :   CathyPacific    :   Hong Kong Express

 

Malayisa to Phuket

Malaysia   :   AirAsia

 

Singapore to Phuket

Scoot  :   Jetstar   :    AirAsia   :   SilkAir

 

Getting to Stage Starts

Phuket  Gateway

Stage 1 Start - Phuket Gateway Mai Khao,

Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

Latitude: 8.184255 | Longitude: 98.297624

Phuket Gateway will host the Stage 1 Prologue. Riders can also pick up their race kits from the Phuket Gateway on Friday from 12pm to 6pm.

 

Stage 2 & 3 Start & Finish - Football Fields

Thanon Thepkrasattri, Tambon Khok Kloi, Amphoe Takua Thung, Chang Wat Phang-nga 82140, Thailand

Latitude: 8.223007 | Longitude: 98.300932

The local school's football fields will provide the venue for teams to gather and prepare for Stage 2 & 3. There will be a bag drop service, as well as additional "value adds" for cyclists. After each stage finish, cyclists can regroup here and enjoy Prize Giving as well as cold beer or two!

 

Family
The Tour of Phuket is one of the best tours on the calendar for bringing the family, spouse or friends. As well as beautiful beaches, delicious food and inviting accommodation options, Phuket Island and Phang Nga have untold attractions for the family while you are cycling. Here are a few ideas:

Mai Khao Beach

 

Enjoy Mai Khao Beach

This 11km-long straight beach is still blessedly undeveloped as it is part of the Sirinat National Park. The sand of Mai Khao Beach - the name of which translates as "white wood" - is possibly the coarsest of any on Phuket, but is also practically deserted a lot of the time, making it possible to walk for kilometres without seeing a single other person.

 

Zip Lining

 

Hanuman Zip lining

Choose from 3 different zip line courses and zip through the jungle canopy. Enjoy the skybridges and spiral stairways that give amazing views of the surrounding jungle and the island. The experience includes safety orientation and riding tips to ensure safety for all the family.

 

 

 

jamesbond

 

James Bond Island

Head to the iconic James Bond island located in Phang Nga Bay and go snorkeling or just relax and enjoy a seafood lunch at a floating village. Kayaking options are also available around the amazing limestone cliffs of the bay.

 

 

 

 

Massage

 

Thai Traditional Massage

Enjoy a traditional massage at the fraction of the cost in other countries. Across Phuket you can select a very traditional massage or opt for a high end spa. Either way you will be pampered and rejuvenated.

 

 

 

 

KohPhiPhi

 

Snorkeling at Koh Phi Phi

Head to the beautiful and pristine islands of Koh Phi Phi by speed boat. View the natural pools at Pileh Lagoon, relax on the golden sandy beaches taking a break from the beautiful snorkeling of the area. You can also check out the limestone rocks of Loh Samah and Maya Bay.

 

 

 

 

OldPhuket

 

Phuket Old Town

Take a guided food tour of Phuket Old Town or just wonder around and enjoy the sights, sounds and great tastes of Thai cuisine from road side stalls, trendy cafes and famous restaurants. Explore the many streets with their old world “shophouse” charm and interesting shops. If you staying after the race, enjoy the Sunday night walking markets – truly a memorable experience.

 

 

 

 

Thai Cooking

 

Thai Cooking Classes

A number of companies offer ½ day and full day Thai cooking classes, where you can get “hands on” learning some of your favourite Thai dishes. The classes are lead by experienced instructors with the freshest ingredients selected from local markets that day. You’ll learn the core thai ingredients and produce dishes that you can then enjoy at the end of the class.

 

 

 

 

Quad Bikes

 

Quad Bikes Tours @ Phang Nga

Your chance to feel the exhilaration of riding a quad bike through rugged terrain, across local farms, jungles and plantations. Some tours head to hidden waterfalls where you can cool off. The tours come with experienced guides who ensure your safety at all times.

 

 

 

 

SimilanSnorking

 

Similan Islands Snorkel Tour

Snorkel tours take you to the best islands of the Similan Island archipelago. The tours can pick you up from your hotel to the starting point in Khao Lak. You will experience wild, unspoiled beaches, magnificent coral growth, prolific marine life, crystalline blue water and sensational underwater rock formations.

 

 

 

 

trickeye

 

Phuket Trickeye Museum

The first Trickeye 3D Museum of Sounthern Thailand, is located in Phuket Town, Trickeye museum is an interactive museum with a concept that stimulates your creativity and imagination. Be a part of 3D paintings and join the impressive memories together. Much..More than meets the eye..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour Travel & Accommodation

Q: Can I fly in early or leave later?

A: Absolutely! You are in charge of your flights so just book what works for you, but be sure to arrive early at the Phuket Gateway ready for your start times.

 

Q: Where should I Stay?

A:  The simple answer is "wherever you like" but try to select a hotel at the northern end of Phuket or southern end of Phang Nga as the stage starts and finishes are at Phuket Gateway (Stage 1) and at the Football Fields (Stage 2&3) on the northern side of the Sarisin Bridge.

 

Q: Why is there no "Tour Hotel" this year?

A:  Most hotels do not want to be completely booked out by cyclists only staying 2 nights. By not having a tour hotel, participants are free to select the accommodation that suits their budget, location and style preferences.

 

Q: Can I bring Family?

A: Yes of course - that's why we recommend selecting your own accommodation. We will recommend family friendly hotels on the accommodation page also.

 

Q: Are you arranging airport transfers?

A: No - please arrange these with your hotel or hire a car.

  

Q: What time do I have to be at the Phuket Gateway for the start of my event?

A: The Tour Prologue will start at 2 pm on Friday 6th March, while the Gran Fondo will start at 8 am on Saturday 7th March. You should be at the Phuket Gateway (ready to ride out) at least an hour before.

 

Q: Do I need travel / medical insurance to race?

A: We would strongly encourage it! 

 

Q: Can I cancel my race booking once entered?

A: No but you can transfer it to a friend for an admin fee of SG $50 (race entry only) before the 1st of March 2020.

 

 

Race Questions

Q: Do I need an UCI licence to compete?

A: No this is not a UCI event.

 

Q: Do you have medics on hand in case of emergency?

A: Yes we have a full medical team stationed at the event and ambulances on standby.

 

Q: Why did Cycosports go with age group categories?

A: To align the event with cycling federations, age groups are required. We do however provide a competitive sporting category with the 2 x one day Classic Races of stage 2 and 3 which have full peloton support and rankings / prizes. For those looking for a relaxed / fun weekend, we have the two-day Gran Fondo Sportif and the two-day classic races.

 

Q: Will you have the usual Cycosports Wheel and Water Bike Support?

A: Yes for all three categories of the tour. However if you are doing the Gran Fondo, you'll need to bring your own spare tube and pick up water at the two static water stops setup for each day.

 

Q: Once entered, can I change my race category?

A: Yes up until 1 March you can change your race category providing slots are still available. There is no charge for changing your category unless you are upgrading from the Two Day Race or the Gran Fondo to the Three Stage Tour.

  

Q: What time will everything end on Sunday?

A: We will have prize giving finished by 1pm if you need to make a dash to the airport. However we are looking at throwing a ‘closing party’ so you may want to look at later flights!

 

Q: I have a question that is not covered here?

A: Great - please use the Contact Us form and we can respond.

 

Bike Hire

Bike Hire Options

Depending on where you are flying in from and which event you are doing, you may wish to consider hiring a road bike for the Tour of Phuket.

Siam bike Tours

The team at Siam Bike Tours are conveniently located. Here you can get your rental fitted and pick up any additional items you may need for the event. The Siam Bike Tour team have been in Phuket for over 15 years and have a welll equiped store and knowledgable staff to assist.

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Rental Options

You can choose from Canyon Carbon Ultegra Di2 bikes or Aluminium Ultegra options, both are very reasonble rates. The company has a wide variety of sizes.

Aluminum Canyon

Carbon DI2 Canyon

What's Included:

  • Cycling computer
  • Mini pump
  • 2 bottle cages
  • Saddle bag with spare inner tube and two levers
  • Most common pedal systems

How to Order Your Bike:

Full details of rental prcing, additional information and the rental submission form are here:

https://siambiketours.com/en/road-bike-rental-phuket/ 

Where to Pick Up:

https://siambiketours.com/en/phuket-bicycle-shop-boat-avanue-english/

Start List

Tour of Phuket 2020 - Participant List


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