President Rossen Plevneliev, patron of the event, will start the 63rd International Cycling Tour of Bulgaria on September 1 2013 at 9.30am at the Presidency in Dondoukov Boulevard, Sofia.
In this year’s tour, being held from September 1 to 5, 24 teams have confirmed participation – five Bulgarian, five from the Continent, three national, three others and eight representing federations.
Prior to the official start, a series of “prologue” tours are being held in the Sofia city centre, from Alexander Nevsky cathedral.
Traffic police will escort cyclists participating in the tour and police will be on duty at intersections along the route to ensure road safety. The Interior Ministry has asked motorists to reduce speed when approaching the cyclists taking part in the tour from the opposite direction and said that motorists moving in the same direction would not be allowed to overtake.
Stage 1 of the tour, on September 1, is from Sofia to Zlatitsa; stage 2, from 3pm to 5.40pm the same day, from Zlatitsa to Kazanluk; stage 3, on September 2, from Kazanluk to Elena, from 2.30pm to 5.38pm (via Shipka, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Leskovets); stage 4, on September 3, from Elena to Bourgas, from 12.30pm to 5pm (via Kaloyanovo, Lozenets, Venets, Karnobat and Aitos); stage five, on September 4, from Bourgas to Tryavna (via Trakiya motorway, Aitos, Karnobat, Venets, Kaloyanovo, Gurkovo, the Pass of the Republic, Voneshta Voda); and stage 6, from Tryavna to Troyan (via Bozhkovtsi, Nikolaevo, Gabrovo, Shipka, Sheinovo, Manolovo, Vassil Levski, Karlovo and Sopot) from 12.30pm to 4.20pm.