Risa Suseanty: Indonesia’s Queen of Downhill

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like!
~ Freddie Mercury

With four SEA Games “Down Hill” Titles to her name, Risa Suseanty is indisputably the hottest thing on two wheels in Indonesia at the moment.

And this year she’ll be looking to add a fifth title to her collection. Certainly this is not beyond her immense talent in light of her recent good form, and we here at Simply Indonesia, are confident the 31-year old head turner will deliver the goods again.

Risa sports the latest cycling fashions

Risa, who hails from Bandung in West Java, is always careful to take precautions when going into unfamiliar territory, and she says she prefers a good, hard ride to simply coasting downhill.

But dangers lurk at every corner. So getting back on top again is of the utmost importance in the case of accidentally falling off.

The worst thing about riding is being with someone who is having trouble keeping up, she says.

In that case you either have to slow down, explains Risa, or go off alone (although it's not usually as much fun).

Taking it easy after a long ride

Avvy Olivia – Indonesia’s most beautiful polwan (police woman)?

It’s just another day in the office for Brigadir Avvy Olivia – Indonesia’s most famous traffic policewoman (polwan).

Avvy Olivia

But while many of her colleagues will be out on the mean streets of Jakarta booking recalcitrant motorists, lovely Avvy is more likely to be in the make-up room getting ready to do another televised traffic report for Metro TV, the country’s leading television station for news.

Dressed in a perfectly-fitting and well-pressed police uniform, Avvy gives her traffic report in the fluent and confident style of an experienced television presenter.

But arresting criminals and captivating the attention of a delirious television audience aren’t the only things she does well - Avvy is also a wife and proud mother.

And damn good with the handcuffs…