A press conference was held before the Sky To Sea Enduro Mountain Bike Race, which has a distinctive feature in that it is the only race in the world that starts on a snowy mountain peak and ends in the sea.
Kemer Municipality Mayor Necati Topaloğlu, Kemer Municipality Council Member and Kemer Enduro Motorcycle Club (KEMK) President Semih attended the press conference held at the Olympos Cable Car on Tahtalı Mountain at an altitude of 23 meters before the race to be held on April 24-2 under the main sponsorship of Kemer Municipality. Özdemir, Kemer Region Promotion Foundation (KETAV) President Volkan Yorulmaz, Kemer Touristic Hoteliers and Operators Association (KETOB) Representative Ayşegül Zeybek Uçar, race coordinator Ömer Nizam, Olympos Cable Car General Manager Haydar Gümrükçü, South African cyclist Sharjah Jonsson, Russian cyclist Kiril Cherkashenko, Arched athlete Osman Minta and members of the press attended.
Approximately 2 athletes from 14 countries will participate in the 150nd leg of the Sky To Sea Enduro Cycling Race, which is included in the activity calendar of the Turkish Cycling Federation.
The event, in which nearly 150 athletes from England, Russia, South Africa, Azerbaijan and Turkey will participate, has a distinctive feature in that it is one of the most extreme bicycle races in Turkey, as well as being the only race in the world that starts on a snowy mountain peak and ends in the sea.
While the endurance of the athletes will be tested on the 34-kilometer track, along with the snowy mountain passes on the stage, the cliffs of Olympos mountain, stream beds, challenging paths in the forest will be passed, and the athletes will meet the Mediterranean with the sea jump ramp to be built on Kemer beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Turkish riviera.
Kemer Mayor Necati Topaloğlu, in his speech in the press release, said that Kemer is one of the best tourism regions in the world.
Explaining that they continue to do their best to diversify tourism, Mayor Topaloğlu said, “We have tried to diversify tourism for years. Related to this, we will organize swimming races, Run To Sky, Sea To Sky Enduro Motorcycle Races, road bike races, and underwater days in the coming days. Such organizations are very important for the promotion of Kemer and Turkey. As Kemer Municipality, we have always been a part of such organizations and we will continue to be. We will also work to turn this race into a world championship. I wish success to all the athletes who will participate in the race. I would like to thank those who contributed to the race.” he said.
Assembly member Semih Özdemir also said that they are happy to organize the Sky To Sea Enduro Mountain Bike Races, which are the opposite of the Seo To Sky Enduro Motorcycle Races they organize every year.
Mentioning that the athletes will compete under difficult conditions, Özdemir thanked the Mayor of Kemer Necati Topaloğlu, who contributed to the organization of the organization, and wished success to all the athletes.
KETAV President Yorulmaz stated that the Sky To Sea Enduro Mountain Bike Race is very important as it is the first in the world and said, “Tourism has had difficult times since 2016. If we consider the issue of tourism diversity, this race is very important. It is a very big part of sports tourism. We have to get out of the sun, sand and sun thing. These types of organizations are the best examples. I would like to thank those who contributed to the organization.” said.
Haydar Gümrükçü, General Manager of Olympos Ropeway, stated that they are ready for the summer season as a ropeway and said that he believes the races will make a great contribution to Kemer and wished the athletes success.
Race Coordinator Ömer Nizam gave information about the race. Nizam stated that nearly 150 athletes will participate in the races and said that they will descend into the sea from the snowy peak of Tahtalı Mountain.
Explaining that the racers will cycle on a 34-kilometer stage in total, Nizam said, “Athletes will have the opportunity to see the unique beauties of Kemer on the track. The race will end at sea level in Kemer. We put the ramp on the beach to make the business unique in the world. The race track is perfect for promoting bicycle tourism. As Kemer Municipality, the bicycle routes we have done before attract the attention of cyclists in the region.” said.
Belted cyclist Osman Minta also stated that the track will be very challenging for all athletes and noted that it will be a fierce struggle.
South African cyclist Sharjah Jonsson stated that he is happy to be in Kemer and said, “I really liked the stages. I am ready to do my best to go further. The course here is very similar to the tracks in races held around the world. I didn't see anything missing. The stages are very challenging. I am happy to be racing here.” he said.
Recalling that he came to Kemer in 2017, Russian cyclist Kiril Cherkashenko said, “I have been doing mountain biking for about 20 years. I really like the geography in Kemer. I have used the tracks in Kemer before and it is very challenging. Everywhere I went, I told that this place was very good and I advertised it. I would like to thank those who contributed to the organization.” made statements.
After the press conference, the cyclists put on a small show on the snowy summit. During the show, some athletes had a hard time, while others fell.