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Posted on March 3, 2007
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Bilal Zuberi

For cycle enthusisasts in Pakistan, a wonderful international event is just around the corner. The 13th Tour de Pakistan International Cycling Race, organized by Pakistan Cycling Federation, will be held on March 4-18. The race will start from Quaid’s tomb in Karachi on March 4 and end in Peshawar on March 18, taking the participants through a various cities of Sindh, Punjab and NWPF on the famous Grand Trunk (GT) Road.

This will be among the largest of such events in Asia, covering a distance of 1,648 km in eleven stages with four days of rest en route. This event is being promoted as a part of the Visit Pakistan Year (2007), and is planned to draw an international crowd of cycling enthusiasts to promote a better understanding of the country and to promote tourism.

The event is modeled on the pattern of the well known Tour de France and is expected to include more than 150 domestic and foreign participants, including those from Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. As of last night most of these teams had already arrived in the country.



This race is a fantastic idea and I hope the Federation will succeed in not just promoting the race nationally and internationally, but will also be able to ensure proper arrangements regarding security, lodging, boarding, medical and transport facilities. It is unfortunate that India opted out of the race at the last minute due to security fears after the train incident, but is encouraging to see participants from many other countries involved.

As for Pakistan’s contingent, it is surely hoped that they will put a strong display of skills and team work against their international competitors. Teams from Army, Railways, Wapda and Sui Southern Gas Company, along with teams of the four provinces will be competing for the prize money of Rs 1.2 million. According the PCF, these teams have trained under the supervision of a coach from New Zealand, but even if they do not win, their participation is in itself something to be admired and be joyous about. Go guys!!!

I wish our teams, and the organizers of this event, well in their efforts!

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  1. Soeren says:
    September 20th, 2011 3:58 pm

    Hello, I’m very interested in the 2012 Tour of Pakistan as a Rider. Where can I get more information about the Tour and the involved Teams?

  2. MOHAMMED ARIF RAHI says:
    March 4th, 2011 4:12 am

    SALAM,
    I WISH MR ZAHID GULFAM WILL WIN THIS RACE TOUR DE PAKISTAN AGAIN BUT I HEART PAKISTAN SPORT BOARD HAS BAND ZAHID,I HOPE SPORT BOARD ALLOW TO PARTICAPTE IN TOUR-DE PAKISTAN THIS YOUNG CYCLIST ZAHID GULFAM,HE HAVE TO SCOUP FOR PAKISTAN.

  3. Hasan Syed says:
    October 8th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Good to see that there is a team or cyclists in Pakistan. I am in Chicago, IL and our group ride almost 300 miles a weak but pretty fast pace of 24 miles an hour. I am visiting Karachi in December for a weak to 10 days. Is there any group to ride with? Please let me know.

    Thanks
    Hasan Syed

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    March 15th, 2010 10:25 am

    The 15th Tour de Pakistan concluded in Karachi yesterday (March 14, 2010). The race had started on March 1, 2010 participated by cyclist from different teams of Pakistan and Afg.

    Zahid Gulfam of WAPDA won the race by covering distance of 1,655 km in 46 hours 13 minutes and 9 seconds and recieved US$ 2,500. Nisar Ahmed got second position and got US$ 1,500 while third position holder Hashmatullah of Afg received US$ 1,000. Fourth to sixth finishers received US$ 750 each.

  5. ad says:
    July 27th, 2009 7:08 am

    Sallam.hallo brother some one can tell me about cycling race in pakistan.when are next race is coming.I am very interesting to participate in any race in pakistan .How i can parcitipate in it.

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