Adventure on Two Wheels!
Antalya is very advantageously located for the many bicycle clubs during winter, as it offers a wide range of camping opportunities. Located to the east of Antalya, Manavgat and Alanya districts are major locations for bicycle clubs, because they offer a choice of quality services.
The routes along Manavgat River and the area around the Oymapınar Dam further back are perfect for those wanting to explore and experience the local hospitality.
Alanya, the foremost destination for cycling events in the region, hosted the Turkish Bicycle Championship in 2011 and has also built a BMX track that complies with international standards. With its new BMX track Alanya will host many national and international competitions this year.
Mountain bike races held in Alanya every year bring together many cycling enthusiasts at an international level. Alanya offers enjoyable and convenient routes for cyclists who can experience the stunning views and natural setting of the Mediterranean.
Turkey’s most prestigious cycling event, the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, starts from Alanya and offers stunning views of the Turkish landscape. Hundreds of cyclists from five continents participate in this race and after a few rounds of the streets of Alanya, they continue onto scenic routes along the striking coastlines of the Western Mediterranean and the Aegean. Both the athletes who pedal their way through the tour and their supporters enjoy an unforgettable experience. The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey every May is met with great interest by the international media and is transmitted live on many television channels. Last year it was broadcast live in 130 countries and will attract a lot of interest as it reaches its 50-year milestone in 2014. Connecting Asia to Europe, the race covers a distance of 1174 kilometers and finishes in Istanbul after seven days.
Another cycling event related held in Antalya’s centre is the “Cycling For Everyone from 7 to 77” day, held at the end of May each year. Thousands of cycling enthusiasts pedal through the streets of the city creating a buoyant atmosphere in the city centre.
The past year was tremendously favourable for cycling in the area which is steadily gaining in importance—in no small measure due to its scenic routes. The İbradı Altınbeşik MTB Mountain Biking Competition was held for the very first time and will take place annually in July at high altitude.
Now we turn our attention to Kemer which has become famous for motorcycling sports. Kemer is better known for having Turkey’s most spectacular beaches, but the Red Bull Sea to Sky International Extreme Endurance races attract more than one hundred contestants from nearly twenty countries each year. The races take place in the second half of October each year on extremely difficult tracks at an altitude of more than 1000 meters.
The Turkish Enduro Championship is jointly organised by the Turkish Motorcycling Association and the Kemer Enduro Motorcycle Club with the support of Kemer Municipality and occurs at the beginning of April every year. The race takes place in harsh natural conditions between pine trees and rocks, and attracts great interest.
Kemer is situated 35 kilometers from Antalya’s city centre, and thanks to its well-developed tourism infrastructure and hotels, is able to provide excellent camping facilities and amenities for motorcycle clubs along magnificent routes.