Tour de Korea 2012

April 22 marked the start of Tour de Korea this year. Steve and I went to Jeongseojin Square (정서진) in Incheon to check out the festivities and watch the start of the race. Here are highlights of that day in pictures:

ARA Bicycle Road Jeongseojin Square

ARA Bicycle Road "Jeongseojin Square"

Tour de Korea

It was a cold, rainy, and windy day to start Tour de Korea.

Ara Incheon Passenger Terminal

Ara Incheon Passenger Terminal. Where spectators kept relatively warm and dry before the race began.

Police Line

Security was tight at the venue. Police officers were everywhere.

Band

Even the band had to wait in line to go through the metal detectors.

Tour de Korea cyclist

Sangwoo (상우). Since we were there early, we were able to talk to some of the cyclists.

Tour de Korea cyclist Namyoung 남영

Namyoung (남영). He said he's the fastest rider from Seoul to Busan. According to him, the Tour de Korea route is very good and that riding a bike is the best way to see Korea's mountains and forests.

Tour de Korea spectator

It was also nice to watch the cyclists warm-up.

Tour de Korea cyclist warming up

Tour de Korea cyclist

Tour de Korea spectator New Zealand

We know who this little guy is rooting for!

Tour de Korea cyclists

Cyclists preparing to go.

President Lee Myung-bak at Tour de Korea

President Lee Myung-bak (이명박) stretching before leading the pack.

Tour de Korea festival tents

After the cyclists left, it was time to check out the food tents.

Samchuly Metro 7

And check out the bikes on exhibit. (Samchuly Metro)

Samchuly Metro Bike

You can even customize your own bike! (Samchuly Metro bike for 350,000won)

Twike

For me, this was the best one at the exhibit. An electric two-seater that has a maximum speed of 85 km/h. (Twike)

For more information about the race, check out the Tour de Korea website. And for more information about the opening day event, check out this article.

Tour de Korea will end on Sunday, April 29. Here are the maps and schedules:

Elite Route Tour de Korea 2012

Elite Route, Tour de Korea 2012 (source: http://tourdekorea.or.kr/)

Special Route Tour de Korea 2012

Special Route, Tour de Korea 2012 (source: http://tourdekorea.or.kr/)