Chiang Mai delivers Regional
Disabled Sports Games flag to Nan
Secretary of Chiang Mai Adisorn Kamnerdsiri presents the Games flag to Nan
officials for the next games to be held there.
The Permanent Secretary of Chiang Mai Adisorn Kamnerdsiri presided over the
closing ceremony of the 31st National Disabled Games for Region 5, or the
Srinakornping Games which Chiang Mai hosted from September 5-7.
The 700 Years Stadium saw the qualifying matches for the National Games
among disabled people from around the North.
The closing ceremony featured the traditional dances and clothing of Nan
while officials from Nan welcomed the flag and promised to create a colorful
atmosphere of friendship between athletes with disabilities.
Nan Province will host the 32nd National Disabled Sports Region 5 Games from
January 15-19, 2013.
Toyota Motor Sports 2012 in Chiang Mai
Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. will hold the Toyota Motorsport 2012 Round 5 on
October 20-21, 2012 at 700 years Stadium. 49 cars will join 3 races with
Yaris in the Class B, the Vios in Class C and a Lady’s Race. More than
40,000 people are expected to attend the races. Additionally there will be a
festival at night with concerts, a cheerleading contest, food and safe
driving training courses for the two day event.
Chiang Mai FC clinches AIS Champions League Division 2
Football Club, the Lanna Tigers, celebrate their win and the Division 2
Championship League Title.
Thousands of jubilant fans streamed from 700 Year Stadium on September 15,
filling the streets with cars and motorbikes filled with shouting fans
carrying flags when the Lanna Tigers, or Chiang Mai Football Club, fulfilled
their fans dreams with their 4-3 win over “Warrior Chakungrao” Kamphaeng
Phet FC on September 15, 2012. The win propels the team into Division 1 next
Rainy conditions made for less than favorable play but the Tigers struggled
for the win and in the end took the Championship League 2 North Zone over
Kamphaeng Phet FC. Dr. Udonpan Chanthaviroj, Executive Chairman Chiang Mai
FC, coaches and players posed with the trophy and toasted with champagne at
the end of the match as the fans cheered the win.
Chiang Mai had their final match against Phare United on September 22 where
it ended in a 2-2 draw.
They hosted the Champions League Draw at Far Eastern University with 12
teams from the various regions taking part in the Division 2 draw. The draw
concluded with a friendly between Chiang Mai FC and Laos PDR.
The game was
wet and rainy and the Tigers struggled but won the game and the trophy.
2nd annual Doi Suthep Time Trials
Cyclists line up before the start of the time
By Marcus Macguire, Crouching Tiger Cycling Tours
Sunday, September 16, 2012 saw the second annual running of the Doi
Suthep Individual Time Trial; an event for cyclists to pit themselves
against the famous Chiang Mai climb. Known as the race of truth, a time
trial is more a race against oneself than a race against one’s competitors.
And on this occasion the challenge was to cycle approximately 11km uphill
from the foot of the mountain to the temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
The field comprised of cyclists of varying abilities and motivations; from
super fit athletes, who came to make their mark and record the best possible
time up the mountain, to the casual cyclist, there for a fun ride up the
“Doi” and to say that they took part. Overnight rains ensured slightly
milder conditions for the event, essential for a top performance.
Riders were sent off at one minute intervals to cycle up the mountain and
have their time registered upon arrival at the temple. With an average
uphill gradient of 6% the route is a test of pure strength more than
technique. The best time of the day, which is also the fastest recorded ride
to date, was 26’51” by Frenchman Peter Pouly, ridden on a road bicycle. The
best time ridden on a Mountain Bike was 31’42” by Jantanboon
For avid cyclists, the ride up Doi Suthep is a source of great pleasure as
much as it is a challenge. With fantastic roads and scenic views you can
understand the attraction of this place. (All photos by Ronnakit Norkham,
courtesy of Crouching Tiger Cycling Tours)