Tour de Singkarak (abbreviated TdS) is an annually professional road bicycle racing event held in West Sumatera, Indonesia. Named after the Lake Singkarak, which also located in Sumatera Barat, more specifically Agam district. The race is sponsored by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Maybank. They are the platinum sponsors, also the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia.
The first event in 2009 is classsified by the Union Cycling International (UCI) asn a 2.2 category race as part of the UCI Asia Tour. Covering more than 900 kilometers — from/to Padang passing around lake Singkarang and through inland of West Sumatran cities — lasted for a week, which held around May or June. The total prize money is IDR 1,000,000,000 (USD 100,000).
West Sumatera Profile:
The Province of West Sumatra is located in the west coast of Sumatra Island. It has an area of 42,130.82 km². Its geographic features include plains, mountainous volcanic highlands formed by the Barisan Mountain range that runs from north-west to south-east, and an offshore islands called the Mentawai Islands. It borders the provinces of North Sumatra to the north, Riau and Jambi to the east, and Bengkulu to the southeast. With Padang as the capital city, this province has excellent domestic flight access and some international route from and to Minangkabau International Airport. It takes only 1,5 hour flight from Jakarta, 1 hour from Kuala Lumpur and less than 50 minutes flight from Singapore to reach Minangkabau International Airport.
This province is very rich with beautiful natural landscape. It has wonderful lake such as Singkarak (130.1 km² asl), Maninjau (99.5 km² asl), Diatas (31.5 km² asl), Dibawah (14.0 km² asl), and Talang (5.0 km² asl). Combined with its gorgeous mountains like Marapi (2,891 m), Sago (2,271 m), Singgalang (2,877 m), Talakmau (2,912 m), Talang (2,572 m), and Tandikat (2,438 m) as well as its dazzling rivers of Kuranji, Anai, Ombilin, Suliki, Agam, Sinamar,and Arau, it is no wonder if many people praise West Sumatra as a piece of heaven on earth.
Popularly known as the land of Minangkabau, this province is blessed with adorable cultural treasure. The richness of Minangkabau culture is apparent from the gracefulness of their traditional dance, their impressive traditional costume, the magnificent traditional houses, and also from their delicious and very famous dish of rendang. Minangkabau culture is well preserved until now by West Sumatran people who are proud of their culture and loyal to their ancestor.
West Sumatera is also renowned as a heritage province because of its historical towns such as Sawahlunto, Padang, and Bukittinggi. These cities have been the centers of civilization since the Portuguese and Dutch colonial era. They played significant role in trading, coal and cement mining, and governance in the region at that time. Bukittinggi was even once the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia during the War of Independence. This long history of the cities account for the numerous historical buildings around the cities, which are still functioning for contemporary purposes.
With the attractions of natural landscape, traditional culture, and heritage building, West Sumatera is definitely a hot tourist destination in Indonesia. Each year, it attracts domestic and overseas visitors. The annual international events such as Tour de Singkarak and International Dragon Boat Festival are also responsible in boosting up tourist arrival in West Sumatra
- Stage 1 (Sunday, 02 June 2013)
Bukittinggi – Bonjol
- Stage 2 (Monday, 03 June 2013)
Payakumbuh – Lake Singkarak
- Stage 3 (Tuesday, 04 June 2013)
Padang Panjang – Istano Basa Pagaruyung
- Stage 4 (Wednesday, 05 June 2013)
Sijunjung – Pulau Punjung
- Stage 5 (Thursday , 06 June 2013)
Sawahlunto – Muara Labuh
- Stage 6 (Saturday , 08 June 2013)
Pariaman – Painan
- Stage 7 (Sunday , 09 June 2013)
Padang Pariaman – Padang Circuit
- Stage 1 (Saturday, 07 June 2014)
Padang Pariaman Regency – Pariaman
- Stage 2 (Sunday, 08 June 2014)
Pasaman – Pasaman Barat
- Stage 3 (Monday, 09 June 2014)
50 Kota – Tanah Datar
- Stage 4 (Tuesday, 10 June 2014)
Bukittinggi – Agam
- Stage 5 (Wednesday, 11 June 2014)
Payukumbuh – Singkarak Lake
- Stage 6 (Thursday, 12 June 2014)
Padang Panjang – Solok City
- Stage 7 (Friday, 13 June 2014)
Sijunjung – Dharmasraya
- Stage 8 (Saturday, 14 June 2014)
Sawahlunto – South Solok
- Stage 9 (Sunday, 15 June 2014)
Pesisir Selatan – Padang City
- Stage 1 (Saturday, 07 June 2014)