Prize money of US$ 100,000 is on offer to top performers in a 1,500 kilometer bicycle race from Jakarta to Denpasar, Bali scheduled for September 25 – October 6, 2004.
The race, to be run in 9 stages, is expected to draw 5 teams from Indonesia and an estimated 11 teams of foreign cyclists. While some foreign teams are still seeking sponsorships to cover traveling expenses, interest in participating in the race has been expressed by teams from Switzerland, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Iran, 2 teams from Taiwan, Vietnam, The Netherlands and Egypt.
The Indonesian teams to participate in the race will only be decided following a 9 stage Tour d'Sulawesi covering 973 kilometers being held as a preliminary event to the Java-Bali race. Currently 17 Indonesian teams are vying for one of the 5 spots allocated to Indonesian riding teams.
The Tour d'Indonesia will begin with a 23.4 kilometers parade in Jakarta on September 25 followed by a first stage of 181 kilometers covering the distance from Jakarta-Subang-Lembang. Stage two from Bandung to Tasikmalaya will equal 145 kilometers followed by a stage three from Tasikmalaya to Purwokerto of 159 kilometers. Stage four from Semarang to Yogyakarta will clock 180 kilometers before another 180 kilometers stage five from Yogyakarta to Madiun. Stage six from Madiun to Surbaya is the longest leg of 234 kilometers prior to stage seven ending in Jember covering 180 kilometers of roads. Stage eight, the final leg in Java, travels the 109 kilometers from Jember to the ferry crossing at Banyuwangi. The final and home stretch on October 6 will depart from Gilimanuk to Denpasar, a distance of 132 kilometers.
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