This past weekend, one of the biggest cycling events in Korea kicked off in Incheon. The Tour de Korea is in its sixth year and has grown immensely since it first began. It gained international recognition when Lance Armstrong participated in the event in 2007. The competition spans over 8 days and covers about 1,500 km. There are two courses: one for professionals and a less intense version for residents and visitors who are able to pass a pre-test.
I was fortunate enough to attend the opening ceremony with the Korean Tourism Organization as a foreign representative and "power blogger." The event sounded great when I signed up, but as we headed toward Incheon early Sunday morning , I began to expect the worst, as the weather was cold and wet. Always up for an adventure, I put on a happy face... and a poncho. When the buses arrived in Incheon, we located our bikes and began pedaling toward the event.
International participants brave the rain to cycle in the opening ceremony of the sixth Tour de Korea.
Lee Myung-bak, the South Korean president, was in attendance (in orange jacket and hat)... and was smiling for my camera... I think!
Being hand-fed in Korea is a gesture of great warmth and hospitality... even more so when expensive hanu is being offered.
nice trails Korea has to offer, I'm definitely going to try to give cycling a shot this year. I'm sure I won't get the chance to cycle with a world leader again, but at least I'll get some fresh air and a chance to further enjoy the natural beauty of Korea.