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Cyclists battle fluctuating temperatures on tour

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jember, East Java   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  01:27 am
Perseverance pays off: Cyclists pedal up a hill in the fourth stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia cycling road race in the highlands of Ijen in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Thursday. The stage stretched 147.3 kilometers from Jember to Banyuwangi.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Perseverance pays off: Cyclists pedal up a hill in the fourth stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia cycling road race in the highlands of Ijen in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Thursday. The stage stretched 147.3 kilometers from Jember to Banyuwangi.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)For cyclists competing in the five-day 2019 Tour de Indonesia, which ended on Friday, fighting others to be the fastest was not the only thing they had to do to win a stage in the country’s prestigious cycling race. There was another foe they needed to tackle: the drastic change in temperatures. In Monday’s opening stage, 90 cyclists from 26 countries started their battle for the 2019 title in a relatively comfortable morning temperature at Borobodur temple in Magelang, Central Java. It was around 20 degrees Celsius at the historical landmark, but with humidity leveled at 75 percent — which was not ideal as the average ...