President Felipe Calderon participated in a cycling event over the weekend in Cozumel and inaugurated a bicycle path on the Mexican Caribbean island's perimeter road.

The president, who rode 65 kilometers (40 miles), was accompanied by a group of endurance athletes.

"Today, we rode 65 kilometers by bicycle on Cozumel's perimeter rode, which we inaugurated. The old one will be exclusively for bicycles," Calderon said in a Twitter posting on Sunday.

Calderon, as he did in June at the Baja Bike 150 in the northwestern state of Baja California Sur, said sports were essential for the social development of Mexicans.

The bike route will help diversify tourism on Cozumel, turning the island into a "cycling paradise," the president said.

Calderon rode with Communications and Transportation Secretary Dionisio Perez-Jacome and National Sports and Physical Fitness Commission director Bernardo de la Garza.

The perimeter road on Cozumel will be used at the international Ironman competition on Nov. 25, helping to promote the region's tourist destinations. EFE