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Jakarta Post

The dilemma between upgrading Tour de Indonesia and supporting local cyclists

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 31, 2019   /  07:16 am
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Cyclists race in the last stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia in Bali on Aug. 23. The five-staged tour stretched 825.2 kilometers from Central Java to Bali. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Getting the nod from world cycling body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), organizers of the Tour de Indonesia have already considered the idea of upgrading the 2020 tour – although this has led to concerns about cutting off opportunities for local cyclists to race at home. The 2019 race, which was the second staging of the race after a seven-year-hiatus, received praise from the UCI, which boosted the Indonesian Cycling Federation’s (ISSI) confidence in leveling up the classification of the race to 2.HC from the current 2.1. The UCI classifies races according to a rating scale. A higher rated race will result in the successful riders receiving more world-ranking points. In road racing, the UCI categorizes single-day and multi-day (stage) races. There are four ratings for the races, namely top-tier world tour, second-tier HC (hors catégorie, or beyond catego...