The 2017 Cycosports Tour de Barelang was as hard as any edition of the one-day classic but Kristan Snorrason (CyclingTraining.Asia) made the 130km sufferfest look easy on Saturday, soloing to a famous victory from 40km out in the elite Cat 1 contest. In the Women’s race, Andrea Ferschel (Anza Cycling) defended the title she won in 2016, beating Jeynelle Lee (Integrated Riding Racing Team) in the sprint up the iconic Barelang Bridge.
The majority of the 270 Tour de Barelang competitors arrived on the Indonesian island of Batam from Singapore via the two chartered ferries that event owner Cycosports traditionally hires. Joining the day-trippers at the main plaza in Batam City for the race start was a significant contingent of Indonesian riders. While the Cycosports races cater mainly to the Singapore cycling community, it’s heartening to see the growth in number of riders from Batam, Bintan and even Jakarta signing up.
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