TAKE THE NST C-CYCLE CHALLENGE 2017!
NST co-organises cycling event for various age groups to promote a healthy lifestyle
CALLING all cycling enthusiasts, mark your calendar for the New Straits Times (NST) CCycle Challenge on May 21. Organised in partnership with Eco World Development Group Bhd, with co-sponsors Bank Rakyat and Volkswagen, the event will be held at Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam, Kuala Selangor.
The challenge offers two routes — a 160km race track and a 35km Fun Ride — which will be flagged off from Eco Grandeur and follow the Puncak Alam-Simpang Tiga Jeram-Kuala Selangor-Batu Arang-Bestari Jaya route.
For the race categories, there are the Men’s Open (18 to 35 years old), Women’s Open (15 years old and above), Senior Men’s Open (36 years and above) and Team Cycling (open to all categories), with a participation fee of RM160.
There are two categories under Fun Ride — Corporate Seniors’ Open (by invitation) and Fun Ride Open (open to all participants) — with a participation fee of RM50.
The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid said the challenge was to promote a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians, in particular NST readers.
“It is our hope that the NST C-Cycle Challenge will become a great cycling series, giving the public and cycling enthusiasts an opportunity to demonstrate their cycling prowess and endurance.
“Cycling is clearly becoming popular in Malaysia.
“This challenge is also an extension of NST brand’s activities by providing readers and content users an avenue to explore the latest trends,” he said during the launch at Balai Berita here yesterday.
Present were Eco World Development Group Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah, NST executive editor (news) Muzli Mohamad Zin, Bank Rakyat public relations and corporate branding senior executive Norsham Sujak, Volkswagen marketing and public relations senior manager Yani Fadzil and former national cyclist Datuk Ng Joo Ngan.
Chang said cycling was an activity that Eco World had been promoting in its township development.
“In many of our townships, we have built dedicated bicycle lanes to encourage communities to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
“Therefore, we see this partnership (with NST) as a great opportunity to reach out to people from all walks of life to join in and have some fun.”
Registration for the challenge can be made online at www. sports360.my until April 30.
Participants may collect their race kits, which includes a threemonth subscription for NST digital paper, at the Balai Berita in Bangsar, here, or Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam from May 19 to 21.
The inaugural challenge offers cash prizes for the top 10 places in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Senior Open challenges. For Team Open, cash prizes will be given to the first five places.
The first, second and third winners of the Men’s Open and Men’s Senior Open categories will receive RM2,500, RM1,500 and RM1,000, respectively.
The fourth to 10th place will receive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100, respectively.
The top three winners of the Women’s Open will receive RM2,000, RM1,000 and RM800, respectively.
The fourth to 10th placing will receive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200, RM100 and RM50 respectively.
The Team Open category has RM4,500 as the first prize, RM3,500 (second), RM3,000 (third), RM2,000 (fourth) and RM1,000 (fifth).
New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid (fourth from right) with (from left) Eco World Development Group Bhd executive director Liew Tian Xiong, NST executive editor (news) Muzli Mohamad Zin, former national cyclist Datuk Ng Joo Ngan, Eco World president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah, Bank Rakyat public relations and corporate branding senior executive Norsham Sujak, Volkswagen marketing and public relations senior manager Yani Fadzil and Pelumba Basikal Negeri Selangor sport exco Ahmad Nazali Talib at the launch of NST C-Cycle Challenge at Balai Berita in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.