Jakarta The Borobudur-Bali Tour de Indonesia (TdI) 2018 to be held on Jan 25-28 will help promote the implementation of the Asian Games and Para Games 2018.
"We have lent support. We hope the two major sports events would have synergy with other sporting events," Raja Sapta Oktohari, chairman of the Indonesian Bicycle Association, stated here, recently.
TdI, or the Tour of Indonesia annual cycling and tourism event, was officially launched in Jakarta on December 11, 2017.
It has been included in the UCI calendar, and its level has been upgraded from 2.2 to 2.1. The level increase means that the participants in the event have to be from Pro Tour, Pro Continental, Continental, and national teams.
Logos and banners of the 18th Asian Games and Para Games will be put up at every venue of TdI.
A total of 25 teams, including eight special invitees, will participate in the sixth TdI. Continental Indonesia will send three teams -- KFC, CCC, and PGN -- to participate in the TdI.
The 755-kilometer (km)-long tour comprises four stages: Borobudur-Madiun covering 195 km, Madiun-Prigen spanning 216 km, Probolinggo-Banyuwangi reaching 198 km, and Gilimanuk-Denpasar covering 163 km.
Several Indonesian regions organize annual sports tourism events for cycling enthusiasts by offering them exotic routes passing through rural green areas, with scenic charms and pleasant weather.
The events include the Tour de Singkarak in West Sumatra, Tour de Flores and Tour de Timor in East Nusa Tenggara, Tour de Central Celebes in Central Sulawesi, Tour de Moluccas in Maluku, and Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen in East Java.
Source: Antara News