Bicycle racing activities are planned to resume rolling in the country. This is known after the Executive Board of the Indonesian Bicycle Sports Association (PB ISSI) plans to revive various bicycle racing activities in Indonesia.
Regarding this, PB ISSI also admitted that he had received direct blessing from three ministries to be able to return to carry out various bicycle racing events, after the Covid-19 pandemic, or at the earliest in 2021.
According to the Chairman of PB ISSI, Raja Sapta Oktohari, the three ministries that have given the green light to cycling are the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora), the Ministry of BUMN and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf).
“I have communicated and coordinated with the three Ministries and they want to support many sports activities, one of which is PB ISSI to revive outdoor activities through bicycle racing,” said Raja Sapta Oktohari, as reported by Liputan6.com.
Added Raja Sapta, Minister BUMN Erick Thohir has even prepared a special budget for various future PB ISSI activities, through its subsidiaries PT Telkom and Krakatau Steel.
Later, according to Raja Sapta, various active bicycle races under the auspices of the PB ISS in 2021 will also continue to adapt to the situation and conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in Indonesia.
Some of the cycling events that are planned to start in 2021 are, Tour de Indonesia, Tour de Singkarak, Tour de Ijen, Tour de Siak and UCI Gran Fondo Mandalika.
For Gran Fondo Mandalika, it is hoped that Raja Sapta can be held in conjunction with the MotoGP 2021 agenda which is also planned to be held at the Mandalika Circuit which is currently under construction.
“We are trying to make UCI Gran Fondo Mandalika a pre-event or post event for MotoGP in Indonesia,” he said.
“One of the PB ISSI activities is to revive outdoor activities, especially bicycle racing events that were quiet due to Covid-19,” concluded Okto.