Germano Valle Barbero, ambassador of the Republic San Marino to Indonesia, left, and Primus Dorimulu, chairman of Tour de Flores. (SP Photo/Joanito de Soaojoao)

Ambassadors Tout International Teams for Inaugural Tour de Flores

BY :ALEX DUNGKAL & LEONARD CAHYOPUTRA

DECEMBER 19, 2015

Jakarta. Sixty ambassadors to Indonesia have pledged their support for the Tour de Flores 2016, an inaugural bicycle race to be held next year on the largest island in East Nusa Tengara province.

The ten-day event, set to take place May 15 to May 25, will give Flores tourism an international platform.

The ambassadors, hailing from across Europe, including San Marino and Italy, said they would ensure a cycling team from their country participates in the event.

“International events like Tour de Flores are very crucial to attracting foreign tourists," Germano Valle Barbero, the ambassador of the Republic San Marino to Indonesia, said during a recent embassy dinner.

Primus Dorimulu, chairman of Tour de Flores and presenter at the ambassador dinner, said the Tour de Flores 2016 would involve 20 10-men racing teams from abroad as well as three Indonesian teams.

The five-stage race would cover 748 kilometers of highway, spanning from the coastal city of Larantuka in the east, through winding and mountainous track in the central Flores to end in Labuan Bajo, the town-gate for Komodo National Park.

The race would highlight several natural and cultural wonders like the tricolor lake Kelimutu and megalithic village of Bena. At the end of the race, participants will have the opportunity to visit the home of the rare Komodo dragon, Primus said.

Meanwhile, Polish Ambassador Igor Kaczmarczyk said he would like to attend the Tour along with a Poland team.

Primus, who is also the editor in chief of several of the Jakarta Globe's sister publications, said the Tour is also expected to accelerate infrastructure development and boost the economy in what is one of Indonesia's poorest regions.

"The highways used for the Tour de Flores would be regularly maintained. And by changing the routes every year, the infrastructure development could be felt by all the people of Flores," Primus said.

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