The Classic’s tour will bring the enthusiastic bikers from Ba Vi, in Hanoi, to Halong Bay, on a 400-kilometer bicycle journey across some of Vietnam’s most breathtaking sceneries. Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to meet some of VECO’s partners in Vietnam such as the Tan Duc Cooperative, a farmer group producing safe vegetables in compliance with BasicGAP. Supported by VECO between 2008 and 2016, the Tan Duc Cooperative in Viet Tri, Phu Tho province, has implemented a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) to guarantee the quality and safety of their members’ vegetables, hence providing a reliable yet affordable certification system to its members. The bikers will also visit My Lan Joint Stock Company, a tea factory where VECO built the capacity of local staff on farmer training as part of a project with Rainforest Alliance on sustainable tea certification.
Cycling across Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, and Quang Ninh provinces, the bikers will discover a wide variety of sceneries ranging from Van Phu’s flat rice fields to Ha Long Bay’s World Heritage site as well as the mountainous landscapes of Ba Be National Park and Lake Thuy Dien Thac Ba. They will have to conquer deep valleys and steep hills throughout a journey that will lead them to cycle up to 1420 altitude meters within the space of a single day. By cycling through a wide range of countryside landscapes, participants will get a real feel of the importance of agriculture for rural families in Vietnam. Upon their return, they will become ambassadors of VECO in Belgium and continue their fundraising efforts.