The Department of Physical Education joined forces with NOW 26, a Nation Multimedia Group digital TV channel, to organise the "Bike for King" event yesterday morning.
During the opening ceremony at the National Stadium, Department chief Pattanachat Kritbaworn said the event was a celebration of His Majesty the King's 87th birthday and health promotion among the public through a growing lifestyle trend.
Participants, including former Muay Thai champion Samart Payak-arun, rode along a 14km route that ended back at the stadium.
The route took the riders past, among other locations, Saphan Khao Market, Golden Mountain, Democracy Monument, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Silpakorn University, the Phan Fa Lilat Bridge and the Royal Turf Club of Thailand.
Department's Sport Office director Niwat Limsukniran said the gathering brought together some 2,000 cyclists, who attended an early morning ceremony to wish His Majesty good health and longevity.
NMG president Duangkamol Chotana said NOW 26 was happy to join the Department in hosting an activity that celebrated the King's birthday and promoted cycling.
She said the participants enjoyed a new experience and were exposed to some of Bangkok's key locations.