Monday, January 18, 2016

Tour de World Heritage in Jogja 2016

Kicking off 2016 events, the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta  and Indonesia’s flagship airline, Garuda Indonesia collaborate in presenting an international cycling event namely : the Jogja Exotic Cycling. Taking the theme “Tour de World Heritage in Jogja 2016”, this sport tourism event will take riders to some of the memorable landmarks around Yogyakarta on 13th February 2016.

Covering a total distance of 45Km, the tour will be divided into 4 stages. Commencing the tour, the 1st stage will take cyclists on a 20Km lap from the Balairung Gadjah Mada University to the  Plaosan Lor Temple. The 2nd stage covers 2.5Km from Plaosan Lor Temple to the North Field of the elegant Prambanan Temple.  In stage 3, riders will continue their journey for another 2.5Km from here  to the Ratu Boko Palace. Completing the tour, the 4th and final stage will take competitors from the Ratu Boko Palace back to the Balairung Gadjah Mada University in the final 20Km distance.

Projected to attract participation from over 400 cycling enthusiasts from across the archipelago and the world, the event is aimed to further promote the enchanting splendor of Yogyakarta and its beautiful cultural surroundings. As a city that features Java's impressive world heritage sites such as the Prambanan Temple Complex, Ratu Boko Palace Ruins, Kalasan Temple, as well at close proximity the Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta is truly the cultural heart of Java.

The city is also known as the city of students since it attracts many young people to study here  in a number of schools and universities, including the Gadjah Mada University, one of the top universities in the country. Therefore,the bicycle as a low cost and practical means of transport that is fit for students, has its own appeal and is widely used for daily travel here. Getting into the culture sphere, there is even a local Javanese saying here of “Sego Segawe” which is short for “Sepeda kanggo sekolah lan nyambut gawe” which means “Cyce to school and to work”. Nowadays this healthy lifestyle is manifested in the growing cycling communities in many of  Indonesia's cities.

As the flagship airline of the country, Garuda Indonesia has shown its high commitment to the promotion of Indonesia in various events in Indonesia and abroad. Collaborating with Gadjah Mada University in this event, it is expected that the beauty of Indonesia will be further introduced and promoted to the rest of the world. Furthermore, the Jogja Exotic Cycling will also act as a campaign for a healthy lifestyle for the global community.

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