Kiwi Vincent to race in Pakistani charity MTB race

New Zealander Tim Vincent, winner of the Eschlikon, Switzerland 24-Hour MTB championship in 2006 has confirmed his participation in the "Tour of the Karakurrams" International Mountain Bike Race. He will be competing against 36 other world class cyclists in this three day race, being organized in the Kaghan Valley from September 1st to 3rd by the Kaghan Memorial Trust in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Tourism and The Pakistan Sports Trust.

The participating international riders represent Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands, England, The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, China, Canada, Poland and Australia. As well as Vincent, the competing riders include four National Champions, two World Record Holders, and two National Record Holders. Six top cyclists from Pakistan will also compete.

The race aims primarily to raise funds for the Kaghan Memorial School Project of the Kaghan Memorial Trust. Other objective include reviving the tourism industry in the Kaghan Valley, focusing international attention back on the Kaghan Valley almost one year after the devastating earthquake of last October, and introducing a new and exciting sport in Pakistan with the help of some of the best cyclists from around the world.

This race is being staged with the help of generous contributions and support from the Chief Minister and Government of Punjab, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC), Tineli Performance Bikewear (Switzerland), Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), Synergy Computers (Pvt.) Ltd. (SCL), and the Tehsil Administration of Balakot.

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