Impressive TIEP

DSC04284_tn.JPGI jumped in a 4WD with the ESPN team and we drove round the 1st loop of 28 km of the WEC course.  The start/finish straight of 900 m is pretty impressive but it is the rest of the 160 km that will decide the winners and finishers.  The first loop is pretty flat and takes us through about 3 different types of footing.  A lot of sand and quarry dust has been laid to make the going firm and with a bit of rain will mix in better.  It hasn’t rained for the last two days here, so for once the organisers are actually hoping for a bit of rain!

There are four road crossings in the first loop and a long ride near the beach.  It should be spectacular at sunset.  We saw only one wild boar, but there have been sightings of monitor lizards, monkeys, cobras and other wild Terengganu life.

TIEP continues to impress me.  It is magnificent.  No wonder it is rated the best endurance facility in the world.  Lots of small, nice touches are still being added, like the horse in the photo.  Most every team seems happy with the course, stabling and all the arrangements.

This is 4WD paradise.  A car dealer I spoke to supplied 26 SUVs and that was just for pre-bookings.  He had to find another 19 to deliver today.  All Porsche Cayennes, Cayenne Turbos, BMW X5s, Range Rovers and even Hummers.  Nice!

About Peter Abisheganaden

Polo Player, Tournament Director and Executive Secretary of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association. FIP Ambassador and FIP Tournament Director of FIP Snow Polo World Cup and Super Nations Cup. World Cup and Asian Games Showjumper. Champion SEA Games Showjumper and Eventer. FEI L3 Show Jumping Course Designer and L1 Course Presenter. Champion amateur jockey. Retailer and wholesaler of saddlery and polo equipment and Managing Director of Zack's Tack.
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