The 2019 Tour de Taiwan to get underway in Taipei on March 17

On Sunday morning,traffic into the area surrounding Taipei City Hall and the whole Ren'ai Road will not be permitted

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(photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Cycling Association)

(photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Cycling Association)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The 2019 Tour de Taiwan, a 723-km-long cycle race across Taiwan with five stages this year, will take place over 5 days from March 17 to March 21, with each day completing a stage.

The Tour de Taiwan is an annual professional stage race of road bicycle racing held since 1978, as part of the UCI Asia Tour. It was classed as a 2.1 category race for the first time in 2012.

The first stage of the nation’s premier professional cycling race is a flat 83.2 km circuit race in Taipei City that consists of several laps between Taipei City Hall and the Jingfu Gate.

The second to fifth stages will take place in Taoyuan City, along the Taiwan Romantic Route, in Nantou County, and Pingtung County, respectively. The Taiwan Romantic Route covers parts of Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taichung City.

A total of 200 cyclists from 30 countries and territories representing 22 teams, including six locals competing for Team Taiwan, will battle it out over the 740-kilometer north-south route, according to an event advisement on YouTube.

On Sunday morning, March 17, as Shifu Road, Ren'ai Road, and Songgao Road in Taipei will be used for the cycling race, traffic into the area surrounding Taipei City Hall and the whole Ren'ai Road will not be permitted.

(video courtesy of event organizer, Chinese Taipei Cycling Association)