Having been rescheduled from October, Indonesia’s prime cycling event: the Tour de Singkarak is confirmed to take place from 18th to 26th November 2017. The World Class Tour de Singkarak that crosses the West Sumatra countryside will again take some of the world’s most renowned cyclists on an exciting race across this region’s magnificent landscapes from beaches, past blue lakes, climbing numerous hairpin bends up to the foot of volcanoes.
Covering a total distance of 1,200 km in 9 stages across 18 cities and regencies in West Sumatra Province, Tour de Singkarak (TdS) will take 9 days to complete and will feature the exciting competition of 20 of the world’s best cycling teams from 30 countries (15 international teams and 5 Indonesian teams). This year, TdS will see its start at the town of Batusangkar in Tanah Datar Regency and will finish in the cool hill town of Bukittinggi.
The 9 stages of TdS 2017 are as follows:
“Tanah Datar Regency will be the host of the Grand Opening and Grand Start, while Bukittinggi will host the Grand Finish as well as the Grand Closing Ceremony. The two destinations have been chosen since they meet all requirements especially in the availability of high standard accommodations” said Deputy for National Marketing Development of the Ministry of Tourism, Esthy Reko Astuti.
Governor of West Sumatra, Irwan Prayitno assured that aside from a truly challenging competition, riders will also be taken to experience some of the most mesmerizing splendors of West Sumatra. For a delightful start, riders are invited to a special feast in a distinct traditional Minangkabau ethnic style of West Sumatra called ‘Bajamba’ at the Basa Pagaruyung Palace of Batusangkar. They will also be entertained by the soothing voice of Indonesia’s renowned singer Armand Maulana. “The unique architecture of the Rumah Gadang traditional house of West Sumatra certainly has its own appeal. Both riders and spectators will surely be entranced” said the Governor.
Differing slightly from the previous series, this year the finish line will be at Bukittinggi instead of the province’s capital, Padang. “To refresh things a bit, we decided to set the finish line at Bukittinggi,” said Governor Irwan Prayitno. Nestled in the highlands north of Padang in the Agam valley, the town of Bukittinggi or ‘high hill’ is West Sumatra’s cultural center. While Padang may be the modern commercial and administrative hub, Bukittinggi is a bustling market town.Within the town of Bukittinggi, the main landmark is the clock tower, dubbed by the local people as Jam Gadang (Big Clock). It overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity and the best place to do some souvenir shopping. Bukittinggi is also the heart of some typical culinary delights of the region that include the world-famous Rendang, a must to enjoy here and to bring home to family and friends.
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