Coupe De Hue cycling tournament takes place on August 25-26, attractting over 700 local and foreign riders. (Photo: coupedehuecyclerace.com)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The I-on Health Cup Race was held in Hue City, the capital of the central province of Thua Thien Hue on August 25 to kick start the Coupe De Hue cycling tournament, which attracts over 700 local and foreign riders.

The I-on Health Cup Race includes two events stretching the two distances of 25.8 km and 43.7 km, starting from Phu Van Lau Park in Hue City. The tournament, running through August 26, also hosts the 138-km Gran Fondo Sportive Ride which centres around the historical Citadel.

The tournament is an outdoor sportive activity for cycling and cross-country fans across Vietnam and in foreign countries, said Phan Tien Dung, Director of the provincial Department of Culture and Sports. The event also promotes cycling in Thua Thien – Hue and serves as an opportunity to introduce to foreign visitors the province’s spectacular destinations as well as historic and cultural relics, he added.

The Coupe De Hue has become the first Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – registered Gran Fondo Sportive event in Vietnam and only one of a limited number in Southeast Asia. It will feature on the international race calendar of the UCI in 2019.

A series of side events will also take place, including a boat racing competition on Perfume River, Song Huong PaddleFest 2018 at Toa Kham Pier, demonstration of Harley Davison motor club along main streets in Hue City and Concert Rock at Phu Van Lau Park.–VNA