By Steve Thomas
Angkor Wat, near the small town of Siam Reap in northern Cambodia, is a famous spiritual and iconic place in the world. Touring its myriad of stone temples by bike has been popular for many years, but the Angkor Wat Bike Race and Rally will give racers a chance to compete through the jungle. The third annual edition of the race will be held on December 6-7.
Run in conjunction with the annual Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, organisers are raising funds for Village Focus, a charity that helps educate and develop education in rural areas of the country and assists victims of landmine accidents.
The 80km marathon cross country race, to be held mainly on dirt roads, will begin at sunrise along with a 30km off-road race and a 30km fun ride. The routes will pass by UNESCO World Heritage sites. Also being held that weekend is the Angkor Wat Cyclo Race, in which teams of two can hire and race bicycle taxis.
Last year saw 130 participants from 20 different countries took part over the flat and fast terrain, and 150 are expected this year. For more information or to register, visit www.villagefocus.org/angkor_marathon.