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Governor Tri (left) with Phuket bikers at Provinical Hall yesterday

Phuket Bikers Seek Beach 'True Speed' Road Racing

Friday, February 24, 2012

Phuket's Bike Week has been postponed to April 20-22.

Original Report

PHUKET: Organisers of Phuket Bike Week 2012 anticipate attracting three times as many visitors as last year, perhaps totalling 15,000 participants and friends.

The date has been set for April 6-8* (now postponed to April 20-22) - Bike Week traditionally being a time when a week's worth of living is packed into three days. And there's still hope for motorcycle races down Patong's beach road.

Further talks with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and Patong Mayor Pian Keesin will be held about the prospects of closing beach road for bike racing. Patong's one-way system probably limits the chances of the idea winning approval.

The keys to this year's event with the theme ''True Speed'' were spelled out yesterday in a meeting with Governor Tri.

Organisers predict that because last year's event was hampered by southern region flooding, it was not unrealistic to expect the 5000 who came to triple to 15,000 this year.

The 2012 event will have a strong Asean theme and riders from Asean countries are expected to dominate, although people from 26 countries have already expressed interest.

A motorcycle exhibition at Patong's football field, tattooing titles, a grand dinner and the Miss Phuket Bike Week 2012 contest are all expected to have appeal.

The ''Peace Ride'' this year will begin at Sarasin Bridge and take in Phuket's west coast to Cape Promthep. A global warming tree-planting and sand art are also planned.


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motor bike racing on beach road, its not 1st april fools day yet, much better idea to close the road up the hill, so the guys can test their machines going uphill.

Posted by wm on February 24, 2012 09:56


Why would you ask for the beach road to be closed just to go fast. Simply take any road in Phuket and it's like a race track.

Driving fast is not exactly an event... just an ordinary day in Phuket.

Posted by Graham on February 24, 2012 14:25


Much as I appreciate the aims of the Peace Ride, to blithely link burning fossil fuels in pollution-farting choppers with eco-awareness is a connection that would leave even the most hardened spin doctor scratching his head in confusion.

Posted by Sam W on February 24, 2012 14:35


Graham, this is THEIR BIKE WEEK, not yours, they also drive safely, and provide for local charities etc, remember who you are..a GUEST, never forget it..good luck to them, i hope they have a great bike week..

Posted by johndev on March 20, 2012 04:38

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