Vientiane Bicycle Hash

"Bicycles, bicycles; I want to ride my bicycle. That seems to be a common theme these days", thought Graeme "Mother Trucker" Bolger, an avid VH3 Monday and Bush Hasher. And so he founded the VH3 Monthly Sunday Bicycle Hash.

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The inaugural Bike Hash Run No. 1 was held on 30 May 2010 at Ban Dongmakkhai, about 20 km north-east of Vientiane, with Mother Trucker as Hare. Since then the Bike Hash has been held on the last Sunday of every month, with a total of 80 rides completed by the end of 2016.

 

The number of participants on each ride currently averages around 10 - 20, with a mixture of foreign residents, Lao nationals, members of other Hashes and visitors from all over the world.

 

 

The basic format of the VH3 Bike Hash is similar to that of the VH3 Bush Hash, with trails of 20 to 30 km distance in out-of-town areas marked with lime, chalk and/or shredded paper. Generally, one or two stops are made at a roadside shop or sales stall for water (beer may also be on the menu).

 

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 Riders meet at the Fountain (Nam Phu) with their bikes at 9.15 am on the last Sunday of the month and then leave for an out-of-town area for the ride.

Visitors to Vientiane can hire suitable bicycles for the ride at any of the increasing number of specialised bike shops now in the city.