Complementing the ever extraordinary celebrations of Cap Go Meh – the 15th day of the Chinese New Year - the Tour D’Khatulistiwa, an international cycling event will take place crossing the Equator in the province of West Kalimantan. The race will start from the city of Pontianak which is crossed by the Equator, leading to the exotic town of Singkawang, the event to be held from 21st to 25th February 2013. Khatulistiwa is Bahasa Indonesian for the Equator.
This special sports event will be participated by 300 sports men and women from the ten ASEAN countries comprising Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam. Also participating are Timor Leste, and also China.
Initiated by the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare and fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tour D’Khatulistiwa consists of two main events: the Pontianak City Road Race and the Singkawang Endurance Challenge.
The Pontianak City Road Race is a 4.2 Km circuit race which will be held on 22nd February 2013. The race will take place in the main streets of Pontianak which follows the course of Jalan Diponegoro - Jalan Gajah Mada - Jalan Pahlawan – Jalan Tanjung Pura - and back to Jalan Diponegoro.
The Road Race is divided into several categories: Master A (Participants’ age ranging between 30 to 39: 12 laps race), Master B (Participants’ age ranging between 40 to 49 years: 10 laps race), Master C (Participants’ age above 50 years: 8 laps race), Master Expert (Former athletes only with age ranging above 35; 10 laps race), and Men open (Open for athletes and non-athletes above 17 years old; 10 laps race). The winners will be awarded a trophy from the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare and cash prizes with the total of IDR500, 000,000.
The Singkawang Endurance Challenge is a 153Km single stage Endurance Cycling Challenge consisting of four check points which will take cyclists from Pontianak to Singkawang. The first leg of the endurance challenge takes cyclist on a 42Km ride from Pontianak to the first check point at Peniti , followed by the 43Km second leg from Peniti to Mempawah, the second check point. The third leg is a 36Km race from Mempawah to Sungai Duri (the third check point), followed by the 32Km final leg from Sungai Duri to the finish line in Singkawang.
Aside from the main race events, there will also be musical performances and other folk art performances provided for the audience. There will be a series of social activities and movements including the tree planting movement which will be led by the Solidaritas Istri Kabinet Indonesia Bersatu (SIKIB) or the association of Cabinet Ministers wives at several locations along the Tour D’Khatulistiwa course.
The Coordinating Minister for People’s Wellfare, Agung Laksono, The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, and newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Roy Suryo, are expected to attend this event.
More Information available at: http://www.tourdekhatulistiwa.com/
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