From 23rd to 24th March 2013, Bandung, capital of West Java will become an ocean of pedals and wheels as thousands of antique bicycles gather for the “Bandoeng Laoetan Onthel” The International Classic Bicycles Festival.
Using the old Bahasa Indonesia spelling for the title of the event to match the classic ambience of the festival, “Bandoeng Laoetan Onthel” literally means: Bandung, the Ocean of Classic Bicycles. The triennial event will showcase a massive collection of classic bicycles from all over Indonesia and abroad. As in previous festivals in 2007 and 2010, this year’s festivities will also be highlighted with a number of activities such as classic bicycles freestyle race, city tour and parade, entertainment stages, and various traditional Sundanese art performances.
Aside from participated by numerous classic bikers clubs from all over Indonesia, the event will also be attended by classic bicycles collectors and experts Andre Koopmans, Jos Rietveld, and Theo de Kogel from the Netherlands, Colin Kirsch from the United Kingdom, and the entourage of Kelab Basikal Tua Classic Bicycles Club from Malaysia.
Presented and organized by Paguyuban Sapedah Baheula Bandoeng West Java Indonesia (Classic Bicycles Association of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia) the event is not only intended as a gathering arena where classic bike enthusiasts from all over the archipelago can meet and interact, but the event moreover aims to promote cycling as a lifestyle for the general public. In a world of modern transport filled and motorized vehicles that emit all kinds of pollutions, bicycles are considered as the perfect mode of transportation that are not only eco-friendly but also promote health.
The past Bandoeng Laoetan Onthell 2010 was attended by over 5.000 “Onthelists” from all over the archipelago and abroad. This year, the number is expected to grow as more and more people are taking an interest in classical bicycles. Held only once in three years, the event is certainly something that you cannot afford to miss
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