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Jakarta Post

Cyclists, gear up: Indonesia's Tour de Singkarak returns in September

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /   01:40 pm
Cyclists, gear up: Indonesia's Tour de Singkarak returns in September The long way around: Cyclists pass Singkarak, the second-biggest lake in Sumatra, in Solok regency, West Sumatra, in the seventh stage of the 2018 Tour de Singkarak on Saturday. In this year’s edition, the tour will pass 16 cities and regencies across West Sumatra. (The Jakarta Post/Ramadani Saputra)

Indonesia's most consistent cycling race to date, the Tour de Singkarak, will be back in Sumatra in September.

The Tour de Singkarak, which has been held annually since 2009, is on Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) calendar and categorized as a 2.2 race, the lowest in the category, in the Asian zone.

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The race, which aims to promote the province's majestic landscape apart from the sport, is set to pass through at least 19 regencies and five cities, including Padang, Bukittinggi, Solok, Payakumbuh and Tanah Datar.

The 2020 tour, however, may see fewer routes as several regencies and cities, such as Sawahlunto -- known for its nostalgic old town vibe -- and Pariaman, have yet to confirm their participation to host.

West Sumatra Deputy Governor Nasrul Abit said he regretted the aforementioned update but fully understood the reasoning.

“Regions that have yet to confirm their participation [in the race hosting] mainly have financial issues because this year is quite busy, including the 2020 regional elections,” he said as quoted by Antara.

Nevertheless, neighboring Jambi province has stated its interest in participating by offering Sungai Penuh city and Kerinci regency as hosts. Jambi plans to add two more regencies, Bungo and Merangin.

Last year, Sungai Penuh and Kerinci participated in the tour.