Banyuwangi, E Java, (ANTARA News) – A sum of 92 cyclists from 25 nations and grouped in 19 teams participated in a International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen (ITdBI) 2018 that was flagged off by Banyuwangi District Head Azwar Anas here, Wednesday.
Being hold on Sept 26-29, ITdBI comprises 4 stages, stretching a sum stretch of 599 kilometers.
The initial stage, stretched 153.1 kilometers, with start from a yard of Banyuwangi district head`s bureau and finishing in a Rowo Bayu traveller review in Songgon Sub-district, that has a immature lake in a center of a thick forest.
Australian cyclist Marcus Culey from a St George Continental Cycling Team was a initial to strech a finish line in a initial stage.
Rowo Bayu is also a home of King Tawang Alun`s ruins from a ancient Blambangan kingdom.
ITdBI is a sports tourism eventuality directed during compelling traveller destinations in Banyuwangi, Anas remarked.
This year, a track is 4 thousand meters longer than final year`s route, according to Guntur Priambodo of a organizing cabinet of a 2.2 difficulty cycling race.
The second stage, stretching 179.3 km, started from Kalibaru; a third stage, travelling 139.4 km; will start in Genteng, and a fourth theatre measuring 127.2 km, with start from Sarongan and finish in Paltuding on Mount Ijen slope.
Of a 19 participating teams, 15 are unfamiliar teams, including 4 continental teams, such as Kinan Cycling Team of Japan, Terengganu Cycling Team of Malaysia, and Ningxia Sports Livial of China.
Reporting by Masuki M Astro
Editing by Fardah, Yoseph