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Tour de Singkarak 2012: And they’re off!

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Tour de Singkarak 2012: And they’re off!

Officilally flagged off on Monday, 4 June by the Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Pangestu, the 125 racers in 25 teams from 18 countries sprinted pass the starting line in the city of Sawahlunto, 35 km. east of beautiful Lake Singkarak, on the first lap of the Tour de Singkarak 2012.

The official ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, Governor of West Sumatra Irwan Prayitno, Chairman of the ISSI association, Edmound JT Simorangkir and the Mayor of the city of Sawahlunto, Amran Nir and enthusiasltically cheered on by the thousands of excited spectators lining both sides of the road.

First day race dominated by Japanese team

The first lap covering 77.6 kilometers, racing up and down steep hills started in Sawahlunto passing the towns of Sijunjung, Muara Sinjunjung, Tanjung Ampalu, and finished back in Sawahlunto. The entire race on the first day was reported dominated by Masakazu Ito of the Aisan Racing Team, Japan, who was the first to victoriously pass the finish line, having covered the lap in 1 hour, 51 minutes and 17 seconds.  

Ito was followed by Jai Crawford of Genesys Wealth Advisers (Australia) who came in 2 seconds behind Ito. Third was Feng Chun Kai from Action Cycling Team Taiwan, coming in 8 seconds behind Ito.  

Besides winning the Yellow shirt, in the Overall (temporary) Classification, Masakazu Ito also won the Green shirt in the Sprinter Class. The polkadot shirt in the Steep rise Class went to Feng Chin Kai of Taiwan. While the red and white shirt for Indonesia’s best racer went to Herwin Jaya, of Polygon Sweet Nico.  

The second day race on Tuesday, 5 June, will cover a long 124.5 km, starting at Muara Sinjunjung, with finish line at the scenic Harau Valley.
This is the fourth time that the Tour de Singkarak is staged. This time the Committee has invited organizers of the Tour de France, Amuary Sport Organization (ASO) who have improved on the character of the routes. If in the past three years each stage covered no more than 100 km, this year the Muara Sinjunjung-Harau Valley lap, for example is over 124.5 km. In all, racers will need to cover a total of 854 km. to win the Grand Prize of Rp. 1 billion, said Sindi Sampurno, Race Director of the Tour de Singkarak 2012.

Tour de Singkarak combines Sports and Tourism, highlighting scenic West Sumatra

In her speech, Minister Mari Pangestu explained that the Tour de Singkarak is a most interesting and strategic combination between Sports, participated by international teams, and Special Interest Tourism. In this effort, 14 disctricts and cities participated, who rightfully see that the Tour de Singkarak is an important vehicle to promote the beauty and wonderful attractions of West Sumatra.

(Sources: www.indonesia.travel eyewitness report, www.parekraf.go.id; Kompas)