The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has now become an annual fixture for Fethiye
and this year, on 29th April, the centre of town will once again be packed
with spectators and cyclists ready for the start of the 4th stage of the race to Marmaris.
Last year the presence of British cyclist, Mark Cavendish,
the former World Champion, who won no less than
four stages in the 2014 TUR., drew the crowds to Fethiye.
Many local expat cycling enthusiasts, as well as holidaymakers, thronged around him
when he appeared just minutes before the race started.
This year he will be competing as part of the Etixx Quickstep team.
A chance for Fethiye’s home grown cyclists
Also, last year, for the first few kilometres, a young team of Fethiye’s home
grown road cyclists joined in, lead by Julien Romeo Arama.
Arama runs the Fethiye Bisiklet ve Doğa Sporları Kulübü.
On this occasion his young team were only able to accompany the
professionals as far as Çalış; study prevented them from taking more
time out from school but, who knows, they may be tomorrow’s
world class cyclists competing in the tour alongside their heroes!
For more information about TUR 2015 click here.
To find out more about the Etixx Quickstep team click here.
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