Hot on the heels of the Tour de France, the Guadeloupe International Cycling Race started August 3rd and will run until August 12th.
More than 160 runners and 28 teams are competing in the race’s 62nd edition. The competitors power along a 1300km (808 mile) course consisting of nine stages. The route starts and finishes at Pointe-à-Pitre, which stands at the junction of Guadeloupe’s two main islands: the mountainous Basse-Terre and dry Grande Terre with its sweet-scented sugarcane plantations.
As you can tell from the video above, Guadeloupe is cycling heaven. The terrain is tough but not torturous, with sleek surfaces and lush, green surroundings. No wonder the locals are crazy about biking.
In 2011, local cyclist Boris Carene from the Gwada Bikers 118 team won the Guadeloupe International Cycling Race. Carene’s success marked the first time in two decades that a rider native to the paradise island got to wear the yellow jersey at the finish.
Second came the Belgian rider Sys Klaas from Veloce Club Rouen76, while American Carter Jones from the USA U23 national team took third.
Who will secure the win this year? Maybe you should jetset to Guadeloupe to find out.