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The route which Jozef has choosen for this Saturdays (28 August)bicycle tour is one of the most beautiful ones you could think about. Most parts of the traject are also part of the yearly International Mountain Bike Challenge of Chiang Rai.

It leads through a forest, through extremely beautiful areas, along the elephant village, Akha, Lahu and Karen villages, over gigantic mountains, over a narrow hanging bridge crossing the Kok River, along the hot spring and then a beautiful road with hardly any traffic back to the starting point. I would guess that about 20 kms are dirt roads (read muddy roads) and a little bit over 40 kms normal roads.

Already three American top athletes (teachers) will join. The two biking local Dutch old-timers (together almost 130 years old) don't dare. This is going to be a route for people in top-condition. And for them it will be the finest you could think about.

It is going to be suffering! Where the going gets tuff, the tuff get going!

Anybody who dares is welcome at Jozefs Hamburger One place in Bandu.

For the exact address look at the topic Gouda, Pumpernickel, Rolmops and Bicycles.

Around 10.00 o'clock the bidons will be filled and the hero's will start. No broomwagons, no ambulances, no police escorts, the men will be on their own (certain parts of the tracks are too small for cars).

Believe me, this is going to be beasty, but great! :o

Limbo.

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On saturday 27 august we start a bicycletrip from Bandu to Ruammit Karen village only for fun no competition . We start 10a.m at hamburger no.1 for information phone 06 6584804 everybody is welkom hope to see you soon

.... Khun Jozef wrote.

And he is absolutely right about the date. It is not 28 August as I wrote, but 27 August.

If it really is going to be fun is partly depending on the weather of course. :o

Let's hope we keep it dry!

Limbo.

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Hi , have fun then , i can ' t wait to get there (round 10 october , first time , bringing my own 'old' mtb from belgium)

how long does this tour will take ? , what is the average age of the riders ?

( if i may ask this)

no problems with flooding , like i saw on pictures(gt rider) in pai ?

i will stay and explore surroundings this time for 4 weeks and hope to come back in januari for a 3 month stay(all tips welcome)

learned already a lot on this forum , so thanks to all

doeij Limbo en de groeten aan Jos en zen vrouwke , hope to cu soon

ps : for dutchspeaking : last weekend in my village , kessel , was top mtb fun

Mtb Kessel Fort

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yeah , about the age question , i forgot , me first then : already 37 and slightly grey (and wiser) :o

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i do not know what time whe come back ,it is only for fun not a competition people can explore a nice piece of chiang rai on bicycle and age is not important we all stay in group ( do not forget your camera)

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**** Hi , have fun then , i can ' t wait to get there (round 10 october , first time , bringing my own 'old' mtb from belgium)

Dear Flupke,

Thanks for the MTB Kessels Fort story, nice to read, it makes the world smaller to know that you are doing the same crazy things as we are doing here.

I think Jozef told me that the Doi Tung Rally takes place the 16th of October (Jozef ....?). That is about 14 kms climbing and how! Start warming up!

I am still proud that I rode it downhill in 14 minutes, but uphill I prefer not to mention. Jozef went up in 55 minutes.

Doi Tung is a mountain, between Maesai and Maechan, where the Princess Mother build a beautiful house with enormeous gardens. Yearly thousands of Thai visitors come to this place to pay respect to the beloved Mae Fah Luang, as is Her name in the North. The race (maybe more than a thousand bikers and runners) attracts therefore participants from all over Thailand. It is a great happening.

**** how long does this tour will take ? , what is the average age of the riders ?

( if i may ask this) no problems with flooding , like i saw on pictures(gt rider) in pai ?

After Hans (70 in a couple of months) and me (60 in a couple of months) decided to postpone our heart-attacks for a while, the average age is down of course.

The exact answer we will know Monday-evening.

Jozef is the man of the details.

(He is an extremely mean and strong biker. It took Hans and me three days to recuperate after we did a forty kms with him)

**** i will stay and explore surroundings this time for 4 weeks and hope to come back in januari for a 3 month stay(all tips welcome)

learned already a lot on this forum , so thanks to all

We are waiting (now you have Jozefs number)!

**** doeij Limbo en de groeten aan Jos en zen vrouwke , hope to cu soon

Consider it done :o

Hoj! Limbo.

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There are many groups to start in juniors,seniors and over 45 for many it is only for fun and to get the nice diploma at the finish, last year the organisation was very good .

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yeah , about the age question , i forgot , me first then : already 37 and slightly grey (and wiser) :o

Dear Flupke,

The first Thaivisa Bandu bicycle tour was an enormeous succes!

The average age was 48 exactly, very simply because there was only one participant and that was Jozef himself (yes indeed, he is 48).

Two Dutchmen should be mentioned. Together they are almost 130 years old and they showed up at the start five minutes after Jozef started to kick his pedals.

It was an enormeous relief for them that they didn't have to participate and they had a beer in stead.

So everybody was very happy: The people who didn't show up, the two Dutchmen who didn't have to participate and Jozef himself, who biked to the Khun Korn waterfall (a trip of about 80 kms).

Thanks to this enormeous succes we decided that we will give it a follow up.

But we will wait untill the rainy season is finished. :D

Limbo.

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hey , already a big succes , but it can only get bigger next time me joining it ,

keep on biking everybody

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Maybe then I will have saved up enough money to buy a bicycle and join you.

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hey , already a big succes , but it can only get bigger next time me joining it ,

keep on biking everybody

Yeee, Flupke, that means that the number of participants will double.

We are not sure if the organization can handle this. :o

Limbo.

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Aside from the Doi Tung bicycle event we will have the Thialand-China-Laos tour as well next month.

Starting date would be the day before the Doi Tung event of 16 October, but this has still to be confirmed.

Start in Chiang Rai, then to Chiang Saen and Chiangkhong. From there over the Mekong (by boat of course) to Sibsongpanna (twelfthousand rice fields) in Yunnan. Through Southern China and Laos. You can choose to finish in Luang Prabang or in Vientiane.

By truck and boat back to Chiangkhong and Chiang Rai.

Total distance 700 (Luang Prabang) or 1000 (Vientiane) kilometers.

The whole tour will take 17 days. Longest daytrip 105 and shortest 40 kms.

Costs including visa China and Laos, food and shelter 21.000 Baht.

As far as I am informed the Tourist Authority Thailand is involved.

About 120 participants are expected to show up, many from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The broom wagon will be manned by Fat Free Bicycle shop. Khun Bird will take care of technical problems.

For information: Contact Khun Bird and Khun Chompoo at Fat Free (on the corner opposite the first church).

Flupke? May I suggest the Ardennes for your training? Laos is rather mountaineous :o .

Limbo.

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If you are not living in Chiangrai, excuse me, Chiang Rai and you want to participate, please feel free to PM me!

Limbo.

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sounds really interesting and a fun way to discouver and meeting people

is it every year or are there similar organisations the year round ?

--> it will be close for me , landing in bngkk on 08/10

i suggest there is a closing date to subscribe

no link of the organisation ? , i didn ' t find any with google

i will make contact as soon as i arrive

yeah the ardennes are great fun and popular but i only ride on flat roads and downhill , is this also possible in laos ?

( it is because the bike won 't go uphill on 2 wheels , only on the rear wheel )

too much power or a ' chopper ' model , maybe i better ask an expert on this

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sounds really interesting and a fun way to discouver and meeting people

is it every year or are there similar organisations the year round ?

--> it will be close for me ,  landing in bngkk on 08/10

i suggest there is a closing date to subscribe

no link of the organisation ? , i didn ' t find any with google

i will make contact as soon as i arrive

yeah the ardennes are great fun and popular but i only ride on flat roads and downhill , is this also possible in laos ?

( it is because the bike won 't go uphill on 2 wheels , only on the rear wheel )

too much power or a ' chopper ' model , maybe i better ask an expert on this

flupke hoop to see you soon

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