CYCLE INDONESIA

I plan Cycle Indonesia trips as cultural immersion adventures on bikes.
Indonesian language instruction is integrated naturally into the cycling of the day.

We’re in non-tourist Indonesia so riders experience Indonesia as it really is.

Daily rides are 60 - 100km, depending on terrain and accommodation availability. Rides are planned with flexibility to allow for spontaneous stops for exploring, talking with locals, waterfall sitting and swimming. I lead optional yoga after the day’s ride and before dinner.

The support vehicle drivers, who’ve been with me for 5 years now, speak English and a mechanic attends to mechanical mishaps along the way, washes the bikes daily and keeps them in top shape.

Roads on most of the routes are sealed and are mostly in good repair.
I organize the food before trips start. It is Sulawesi style Indonesian - rice, fish, vegetables for main meals. Village cakes and fruits-in-season at the stops.
Vegetarians are easily catered for. Fresh water is readily available as is Pocari Sweat, an electrolytic sports drink. There’s an ice box to keep the beer cold too.

Accommodation (twin share) in the cities is international class. Along the way it is in family guesthouses that usually includes AC, sit down loos, showers and sometimes hot water. Single supplements are available.

Although the equator runs through Sulawesi most of the cycle routes are 1000 - 2000 feet above seal level so temperatures are not a problem. I do not plan trips with any weather predictions in mind because they’ve been proved wrong too many times and riders have found cycling in the rain to be fun, cleansing and refreshing.

Most riders find MTBs the most practical bike to use. Some riders bring their own, others choose to hire bikes.

All over Sulawesi the locals are amazingly friendly, the drivers are thoughtful and considerate and the police are always helpful.

Colin Freestone.




CURRENT TRIPS
South South Sulawesi Cycle Tour 01 - 09 December 2013 9 Days - 498km View
This trip begins in Makassar and takes us into the mountains and valleys of the Malino highlands where we’ll enjoy magnificent scenery of rice terraced hillsides and rustic vegetable growing villages on our way to Sinjai on the east coast. From Sinjai we’ll head south to the white sand beaches of Bira and idyllic off shore islands to do some snorkling. On our way back to Makassar we’ll pass traditional boat building at Tana Beru, have a picnic lunch at Bantaeng waterfall, spend the night by the beach in the horse and corn district of Jeneponto before passing through market gardens between Takalar and Makassar.

Toraja Land Cycle Tour 16 - 29 January 2014 14 Days - 648km View
This trip begins with a cycle city orientation of Makassar and finishes back there. It includes cycling in the cultural heartland of Toraja, guided mountain trekking, Torajan village homestays, white water rafting, yoga, outdoor thermal springs relaxation.

Bali Cycle Tour 18 - 25 April 2014 8 Days - 287km View
This inaugural Bali trip starts in the artistic centre of Ubud and for a week we’ll explore the non tourist north and north-eastern parts of Bali returning to Ubud on the day before the trip ends. Trip features community work in mountain village Sudaji. The cycle days are short, averaging 55 km but for the most part they are hilly.

North Sulawesi Cycle Tour 12 -24 July 2014 13 Days - 715km View
Trip departs Manado on the north coast, near internationally famous Bunaken and finishes in the fort city of Gorontalo on the south coast. The 716km route takes us to the flower town of Tomohon, the still active Gunung Lokon volcano, around Lake Tondano and the hot springs at Remboken. The route passes through a combination of mountainous and coastal terrain. Riders will experience the Christian culture of Minahasa and the Muslim culture of Gorontalo.

Central Sulawesi Cycle Tour 24 October - 08 November 2014
Short trip options available
16 Days - 943km View
Trip begins in Palu on the west coast of Sulawesi and finishes, 943km later in the east coast town of Luwuk. Trip takes in Prince John Dive Resort, historic port of Donggala, the rugged and scenic central mountain range, crystal clear Lake Poso, idyllic Togian islands (fabulous snorkling) and the cliff side and coconut palm route from Poso to Luwuk. Swimming and / or waterfall sitting 15/16 days.












INDONESIAN CYCLE TOURS PRESENTED BY INDONESIAN CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS

Adventure and cultural cycle tours of Sulawesi, Indonesia, with a bi-lingual Australian tour leader.

Bicycle tours on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi - Exploring traditional societies and cultures of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The bicycle tours on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are adventure tours. They're in a non-tourist, traditional village environment.

Every effort is made to provide riders with an 'as it is' experience.

An optional Yoga class is held after the day's ride and before dinner. Swimming is available most days.

Bahasa Indonesia instruction is integrated naturally into the rhythm of each day.

© Cycle Indonesia 2011.