The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey is Turkey’s big annual international bicycle race. Big names from the world of bicycle racing come to Turkey to compete for the prizes…and the publicity.
The race, held each year in late April, takes cyclists to all parts of the country to complete in a succession of stages (etap in Turkish).
The event brings cycling enthusiasts and their followers to Turkey, and generates a lot of publicity, highlighting many of Turkey’s favorite travel destinations.
—by Tom Brosnahan