The 6th Tour de Singkarak is confirmed to be held from 7th to 15 June 2014, covering 1,250 km taking in stunning scenic landscapes from seashore to steep valleys, past rushing waterfalls and serene crater lakes of the fascinating land of the Minangkabau in West Sumatra.


This year the course will cover 1,250 km of challenging routes, through 18 districts and towns, an increase from the 1,000 km last year covering 17 districts and towns.


The 1,250 km course will be taken in 9 stages with the Start at the town of Padang Pariaman by the beach called Pantai Tiram and the Finish Line in the province’s capital city of Padang.   The course will take participants through West Sumatra’s best attractions, notably the Ngarai Sianok Canyon near Bukittinggi, the revitalized coal mining town of Sawahlunto, the serene Lake Singkarak, the Palace of Pagaruyung, and not to forget its sumptuous Rendang food and entire buffets of delectable dishes.


Facing the deep Indian Ocean, West Sumatra is known for its beautiful lush mountain scenery, many large lakes, waterfalls and canyons and long coastline. The islands of Mentawai, off its west coast are world-renowned for its rolling surf, a tropical paradise for surfers. Culturally, the people of Minangkabau adhere to a unique matrilineal system, where land and house are inherited through maternal line, although men continue to remain dominant.  West Sumatra is also famous for its fine glittering textiles, called “songket” , meticulously hand-woven with silver and gold thread.  Its icons are the unique saddle-shaped traditional houses with their sharp pointed roofs, and of course their delicious caramelized beef called “rendang”.  


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