The local government have also organized a bazaar and festival for the locals and visitors to enjoy. (JG Photo/Dion Bisara)
Tour de Flores 2017 Cyclists Receive a Warm Welcome in Larantuka
BY :JAKARTA GLOBE
JULY 13, 2017
Jakarta. Athletes participating in Tour de Flores 2017 arrived in Larantuka, East Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday (12/07) and received a warm welcome from locals.
The athletes arrived in the afternoon and were treated to local delicacies and a traditional show at Asam Satu beach.
It has attracted more than a hundred cyclists competing for 19 teams from Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Africa, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Iran and Malaysia.
This includes Iran's Pishgaman Cycling Team, who will compete for the first time in Flores this year, after dominating other Indonesian competitions.
Japan's Kinan Cycling Team and the Philippines's 7-Eleven Cycling Team — which won first and second place in the team challenges last year — have also returned to Flores.
Indonesia is represented by four teams: PGN Road Cycling Team, Banyuwangi Road Cycling Community, Custom Cycling Club and KFC Cycling Team.
Indonesian rider Robin Manullang and the Indonesian national team also skipped this year's race to concentrate on preparing for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Daniel Whitehouse, who is set to defend his title in this year's Tour de Flores, will race for Laos's CCN Cycling Team this year. The 22-year-old British national said that he had a special fondness for the "challenging" steep route and winding hills on the island. To achieve his goal of competing in Tour de France within the next decade, Whitehouse said he felt competing in Flores would help prepare him.
The local government have also organized a bazaar and festivals for the locals and visitors to enjoy.
A presentation for participants will be held on Thursday night along with a cultural performance from local art studios.
The second edition of the annual cycling event, sanctioned by world governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will take place on July 14-19.
The 760.8-kilometer race will take place over six stages.