• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS HIT ON A UNIQUE IDEA TO PROVE THAT IT HAS CONTROL OF MOST OF THE ROADS IN THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS HIT ON A UNIQUE IDEA TO PROVE THAT IT HAS CONTROL OF MOST OF THE ROADS IN THE COUNTRY. IT HAS ORGANISED A SIX-DAY CYCLE RACE WHICH WILL TAKE THE COMPETITORS THROUGH COUNTRY SAID TO BE ONCE HELD BY THE VIET CONG
    THE RACE BEGAN SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) FROM THE CENTRAL COASTAL TOWN OF NHA TRANG.

    SEVENTY THREE CYCLISTS SET OUT ON THE 475 MILE (760 KMS) JOURNEY WHICH WILL TAKE THEM THROUGH THE HIGHLANDS AND LOWLANDS DOWN TO THE FINISH LINE IN THE MEKONG DELTA. MOST OF THE COMPETITORS ARE SERVICEMEN AND ARE WELL AWARE OF THE POTENTIAL DANGER. THEY FACE THE RISK OF AMBUSH BY THE VIET CONG... AND THE GOVERNMENT ... FULLY AWARE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RACE, ISN'T TAKING ANY CHANCES. HELICOPTERS WILL SHADOW THE RACE DURING ITS SIX DAYS. TROOPS ALONG THE ROUTE HAVE BEEN ALERTED AND MINESWEEPERS ARE CLEARING THE ROAD THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS STRETCHES. MILITARY JEEPS AND MOTOR-CYCLISTS ARE ALSO ACCOMPANYING THE COMPETITORS.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS CLAIMED THAT 93 PER CENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IS UNDER CONTROL... COMPARED WITH ABOUT 76 PER CENT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBDM7X29QJBCKAR6EBMD3L5HN
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBDM7X29QJBCKAR6EBMD3L5HN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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