1,000 prepare for Sunday’s attempt to set Guinness world record

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Chonburi’s top two public officials were among 1,000 people who strapped on helmets for a practice run of the local route for Sunday’s national Bike for Mom cycling event.

Gov. Khomsan Ekachai and Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome led the parade of cyclists made up of bicycle club members, civil servants and private citizens.

Gov. Khomsan Ekachai (center) leads the pack as they set out on a practice run for Sunday’s national Bike for Mom cycling event.Gov. Khomsan Ekachai (center) leads the pack as they set out on a practice run for Sunday’s national Bike for Mom cycling event.

The idea was to check bicycles and become familiar with the route for the bike trek in honor of HM Queen Sirikit. Riders also surveyed check and capture points, time markers and how to use the bar-code scanning system.

Khomsan said a large number of Chonburi residents showed interest in the ‘Bike for Mom’ campaign and more than 8,000 cyclists have already registered to participate.

The 36.7-kilometer ride begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 16. Local authorities have made plans to close down designated routes during the ride time. The hope is it will set a new Guinness world record.

The designated routes are from Chonburi City Hall, turn left to the old hospital intersection, proceed to Prayasaja Road, to the Chonrachadorn-amrung School intersection, on to the Plupla intersection and then right to Queen Sirikit Park, which will be the resting point.

There people will plant trees and participate in other activities. From the park, the route will continue to the Plupla intersection and turn right on to the Angsila intersection, before turning right again to pass Sapan Pla Market-Wat Komutrattanaram to the Bangsaen intersection, turn left onto Bangsaen Second Road and end at Laem Taen.

Cyclists will rest at Laem Taen before making their way back to Bangsaen Beach Road, to Bangsaen Second Road, continuing left to Angsila-Bangsaen Road, to the Angsila intersection, turn left onto Prayasaja Road and back to Chonburi City Hall as the finish line. (CPRD)