First, before I tell story my cycling experience in a favorite route let me introduce, my name is Sri Agus Budi Santoso, male 40 years old, am holding a degree in Sport and Health Science, as a professional and also possesses several International Fitness and Coaching certificates and particular expertise in Fitness and Adventure Sport Industry. Until this time I still compete in some trail/running - multisport races. That includes events such as:
- Mount Rinjani Ultra 52k
- Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra 100k
- Gede Pangrango Marathon
- Lombok Ultra Triathlon (6k swim/300 bike/52k run)
- Malaysia Powerman Duathlon (10k run/60k bike/10k run)
- Sentul Ultra Triathlon/Double Ironman (7,6k swim/360k bike/84,4run)
I also act as the Race Director of MesaStila Duathlon and MesaStila Peaks Challenge - this is a prestigious Trail/Ultra running event in Indonesia, part of the Asia Trail Master Series and UTMB qualifying race. Biking is part of the journey of my life, great essence and many experiences that I can take. On the bike, I can maintain and improve my physical fitness, release the stress and escape the hectic daily life. You're also highly likely to meet other people and create a huge network for any mutual benefit; cycling is the way of life. The Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world and built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. Located in the Kedu Valley, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Was originally built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades, decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s. As an Indonesian, I am one of the lucky people who can see and visit Borobudur temple without having to go far away or crossing many countries to get there. In just 2 hours I can say be at the Borobudur by pedalling on my lovely bike.
How to get there?
A combination of riding routes are accessible to a variety of levels; the routes are affected by the terrain near the eight surrounding volcanoes. Climbs are around 6%, with a few sections as steep as 22%; sometimes the slopes seem to be never ending as road-builders in Central Java do not use switchbacks! Most are on quiet roads, 5-7 hours, 120km 1400m climbing, starting from MesaStila Resort & Spa. Then fast pedalling along a 40km descent through rice fields, jungle and Magelang downtown. Stop at Borobudur temple for a little while to the see the Greatest Temple a human being made. Then a beautifully quiet 60km/4 hours climb along the slopes of Mt. Sumbing 2577m. Once at the top of the route, follow a series of tight, technical descents and short climbs back onto the lower volcano slopes. Finishing with a few very steep climbs, that's mu signature route of amazing Java and riding to the greatest Buddhist in the world, Borobudur.