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Bike it! Erdogan pedals through Istanbul in ‘champion’s cycle’

Turkish President Erdogan cycled a customized bike to launch the 51st Presidential Tour of Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took part in an Istanbul event on Sunday that launched the 51st Presidential Tour of Turkey.

He rode a customized bike modelled from the bike ridden by world biking champion, Fabrice Mels, complete with 20 gears, a carbon frame and hydraulic brakes.

The president was accompanied by a pack of security guards following alongside the bikers on foot.

“We still couldn’t manage to make people love the bicycle,” Erdogan said in a short speech after the promotional event.
He promised to make the city more cyclist-friendly by increasing the number of bike lanes and recommending that bicycle producers launch promotional offers to elevate demand.