Huge prize pool for the Digicel Tour de Timor down under

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on June 18, 2010 7:56 am

  • What 5-day multi-stage mountain bike race
  • Where Timor-Leste
  • Riders 350
  • Registration Opens 7 June – 17 July
  • Registration Fee US$ 300

David White, the race’s director, describes the race; 5 days, 5 great stages, big hills, tight singletrack, high heat, amazing views and the most friendly of people. 

85 international riders have entered on the first day, taking up the highly prized spots. With only 220 international riders positions available the race is sure to sell out quickly.

His Excellency, the President of Timor-Leste, Dr José Ramos Horta announced an increase in the prize pool of the ‘Digicel Tour de Timor’ today, coinciding with entries opening online for the 2010 Event, to be held 13 – 17 Sep 2010.
The President commented “I am delighted to invite riders, both new and returning, to experience the world’s toughest bike race, in Asia’s newest nation”.

With prize-money of US$80,000 up for grabs including $15,000 for individual male and female winners, the 5 day ‘Digicel Tour de Timor’ is one of the richest mountain bike races in the world. The race is also an amazing adventure, covering high mountain roads and visiting historic towns including Balibo.

Last year’s tour was an incredible success and race winner, the Australian rider, Neil Van der Ploeg will be back again to defend his title. Neil commented that “Win or lose, I think I’d be crazy to miss out on the 2010 TDT, I’m already pumped”.

Race Director, Dave White noted that the new course this year was going to be tough, hot and a whole lot of fun. Mountain bikes are compulsory for this race and the course has some great new tracks including a special surprise for the last days ride back into Dili.