Getting ready for the big event
THOUSANDS of people joined the rehearsal of “Un Ai Rak: Bike for Love and Warmth” on Sunday, one week ahead of the actual event, at which His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will also be present.
Most participants yesterday were in blue or yellow – the colours of the shirts handed out to those who registered for the event.
The cyclists, joined by Privy Councillor Palakorn Suwanarat, Deputy Prime Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, and Bangkok Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang, started and returned to Rajdamnoen Avenue.
“I am very excited,” 26-year-old Nepalese expat, Suraj Mahachandra, said, adding that he had bought a new bike especially for this event.
On December 9, the King will lead more than 100,000 cyclists on a 39-kilometre ride from Dusit Palace’s Royal Plaza in Bangkok to Samut Prakan’s Lat Pho Park. There will be no fences along the route, just pots of beautiful flowers.
This event is part of the Love and Warmth at Winter’s End episode of the Rattanakosin Waterways Festival running from December 9 to January 19.