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#220436 - 02/16/06 11:42 PM TOUR de BELIZE Mountain Bike Race
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http://www.belizetimes.bz/news/story/5120.shtml

TOUR de BELIZE MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

Tentatively for August this year, 2006
The Auxillou extended family of Caye Caulker by the Barrier Reef and Hillview in Cayo District are donating the Annual Perpetual Trophy and some 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. The perpetual trophy will be called the AUXILLOU CHALLENGE TROPHY.

In the planning for four years, this is the year the Auxillou family say! The first race will be into the Belize Alps. This is not a race for bicycling wimps! The bicycle race will be three daily legs of roughly 30 miles each. The first leg starts in Hillview by the family owned FALCONVIEW BACK PACK ADVENTURE HOSTEL. Your home away from home when exploring Western Belize Mayan pyramids and Mayan underground caves of XIBALBA. Hillview community is 400 ft in elevation above the coastal sea. The first day race leg ends 3,200 feet elevation high above the Sibun Gorge. You will pass very close to Hidden Valley 1600 ft Falls enroute and Baldy Beacon radio towers via Cooma Cairn road. The second leg is from Sibun Gorge headwaters in a downhill run from 3,200 ft to 800 ft elevation, along Brunton Trail to the Forestry village in the foothills of the Mountain Pine Ridge by Rio Frio Cave and Rio On rapids. The third day will be from the Forestry village campground back to Hillview, a suburb of Santa Elena town in Western Belize. If you don’t drop out of the race on the first day, you can make it all the way. The first day is the toughest! This is when we seperate the wimps from the survivalists.

Entry fee will be $50 and half of that will be pooled for cash prizes. The rest of the money goes for advertising and other costs associated with the race. The Auxillou family want to give something back to Belizean youth of a new generation. This country has been good to their family, they work hard but they also play hard. Businesses can donate cash for prizes, or to sponsor special trophies and are invited to sponsor individual riders. Adventures abound throughout the natural beauties of our Belize. Many youth have never seen the magnificent pristine beauty of the wilderness areas of our remote Belize Alps. This is one way of getting them up there, high in the beautiful mountains. Each race should finish early enough that contestants and supporters will have time to set up camp and explore the area and take in the grandeaur of the wonderful vistas overlooking the interior plateau jungles.

We are going to start this first year off easy, the patriarch Mr. Auxillou says. Mountain bike racers will be on logging roads the whole way. But in coming years, we plan to go off the roads into more difficult terrain and jungle tracks. This year the highway racing thin tired bikes could probably make it along the logging roads, but in future years, without a mountain bike you will not make it. As country people and sea people, we believe strongly in self reliance and preparation. There will be no back up, if you pop a tire, or run out of water, or any other fool thing. You break down up in those mountains, you can walk out thirty miles on your own two feet. Survival of the fittest! Each contestant is expected to have a repair kit, sufficient food and water, expected first aid supplies and sleeping gear.

Websites with more information can be found at: http://www.auxilloubeachsuites.com/tourdebelizehome.html, http://folkmusicfl.tripod.com/mountainbike race http://www.auxilloubeachsuites.com/falconviewhome.html http://falconview0.tripod.com
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Wendy Auxillou
Auxillou Beach Suites
Caye Caulker, Belize
www.auxilloubeachsuites.com

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#220437 - 02/17/06 07:43 PM Re: TOUR de BELIZE Mountain Bike Race
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Some more media publicity for the race...
http://www.reporter.bz/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=960&Itemid=2

Tour de Belize: a new kind of Mountain Bike Challenge


Friday, 17 February 2006

The Auxillou family led by Captain Ray Auxillou this week announced the Tour de Belize Mountain Bike Race for the Auxillou Challenge Trophy.

In the planning for four years, the Tour de Belize Mountain Bike Race will be a race like no other , heading upwards and onwards into the Belizean Alps.

“This is not a race for bicycling wimps”, declares Auxillou with a touch of bombast. We are going to start this first year easy - on logging roads the whole way.

“But in the coming years we plan to go off the roads into the more difficult terrain, over jungle tracks. Without a mountain bike you won’t be able to make it.”

The first leg of the Tour de Belize starts at the Falconville Back Pack Adventure Hostel in Hillview, a suburb of Santa Elena, Cayo District.

It ends at a 3,200 elevation, high above the Sibun Gorge. Riders will pass close to the Hidden Valley Falls (height 1,600 feet) and Baldy Beacon radio towers via the Cooma Cairn Road.

The second leg is from the Sibun Gorge headwaters in a downhill run from 3,200 feet to 800 ft. elevation, along the Brunton Trail to the forestry Village by the Rio Frio Caves and the Rio On Rapids.

The third leg will be from the Forestry Village campground back to Hillview.

“If you don’t drop out on the first day, you can make it all the way, because the first day is the toughest.This is where we separate the wimps from the survivalists” declares Captain Auxillou.

The entry fee for the race will be $50.00. Half of that will be pooled for cash prizes.The other half goes for advertising and other costs associated with the race.

Businesses are invited to donate cash for prizes, sponsor special trophies or individual riders.

Each race should finish early enough that contestants and supporters will have time to set up camp, explore the area and take in the grandeur of the wonderful vistas overlooking the interior plateau jungles.

In typical tough-talk Auxillou lays out the rules of the road.

“As country people and sea people, we believe strongly in self reliance and preparation. There will be no back up if you pop a tire, or run out of water, or any other fool thing.

“You break down up in those mountains, you can walk out 30 miles on your own two feet! Survival of the fittest!

“Each contestant is expected to have a repair kit, sufficient food and water, anticipated First Aid supplies and sleeping gear.”

“Adventures abound throughout the natural beauties of our Belize. Many youth have never seen the magnificent pristine beauty of the wilderness areas of our remote Belizean Alps. This is one way of getting them up there, high in the beautiful mountains.

As a footnote, Ray Auxillou adds:

“The Auxillou fam-ily wants to give something back to Belizean youth of a new generation. This country has been good to us. We work hard but we also play hard.”

“The Auxillou extended family of Caye Caulker by the Barrier Reef and Hillview in Cayo District are donating the Annual Perpetual Trophy and some 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. The perpetual trophy will be called the Auxillou Challenge Trophy”.
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Wendy Auxillou
Auxillou Beach Suites
Caye Caulker, Belize
www.auxilloubeachsuites.com

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