Clubs primed to stake claim for ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WITH less than three weeks to go be­fore the New Straits Times (NST) C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge, par­tic­i­pants from team Geng Kayuh Asal Boleh and Jalan Iskan­dar Cy­cling Club are rar­ing to go.

As a new team, Geng Kayuh Asal Boleh are look­ing to fur­ther en­hance their team­work as they have set a tar­get of four hours to fin­ish the 160km race in the Team Open cat­e­gory.

Team pres­i­dent Ruhaizad Ham­bari said the team have been con­duct­ing train­ing ev­ery week since last month.

“Our tar­get is to fin­ish the event within four hours. We know the route (of the race) since we are from Klang Val­ley,” said Ruhaizad.

Ruhaizad said the tough­est chal­lenge they will en­counter is the ‘Dragon Back’, the stretch of road from Jalan Paip-Jalan Meru Tam­ba­han near the Kam­pung Budi­man area where there’s a to­tal as­cent of 236.3m with a max­i­mum el­e­va­tion of 124.01m.

“We need to im­prove our climb­ing skills since the route is more about climb­ing.”

The team are made of six rid­ers Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Khairom (36), Mo­hamad Zamzi Mohd (41), Muham­mad Fir­daus Md Ali (30), Mohd Rizani Mah­mood (42), Mohd Shaffie Muda (49) and Is­mail Sa­mat (38).

Mean­while, Jalan Iskan­dar Cy­cling Club’s Az­izal Imbi said they will also stress on the climb­ing por­tion of their train­ing.

“Our train­ing is fo­cused on climb­ing meth­ods, train­ing is in­tense on climb­ing and it will give the rid­ers an added ad­van­tage as it will not mat­ter whether they are on a road bike or a moun­tain bike,” said Az­izal.

Az­izal said the team have done their re­search on the route and have pin­pointed emer­gency stops along the way as he be­lieves it is bet­ter to be safe than sorry.

The team have also been prep­ping to add stamina and have been work­ing on their men­tal strength in or­der to en­dure the 35km Fun Ride race.

“We’re just a small club and have joined the fun ride so our train­ing is dif­fer­ent.”

The NST C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge will see par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­ter­na­tional cy­clists from China, South Africa, Nor­way, the United King­dom, In­done­sia, Brunei, Sin­ga­pore and Ger­many.

The race, or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with prop­erty de­vel­oper Eco World De­vel­op­ment Group Bhd, with co-spon­sors Bank Rakyat and Volk­swa­gen, will be held at the Eco Grandeur sales gallery in Pun­cak Alam, Kuala Se­lan­gor on May 21.

The cy­cling event is split into a 160km race and 35km fun ride, which will flag off at Eco Grandeur (sales gallery) at Per­siaran Mokhtar Da­hari and con­tinue to Pun­cak Alam-Sim­pang Tiga Jeram to Kuala Se­lan­gor-Batu Arang and back.

There are four cat­e­gories — the Men’s Open (18-35 years old), Women’s Open (15 and above), Se­nior Men’s Open (36 and above) and Team Open (with a min­i­mum of five cy­clists).

The in­au­gu­ral chal­lenge of­fers cash prizes of RM2,500, RM1,500 and RM1,000 for first, sec­ond and third place for the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Se­nior Men’s Open cat­e­gories.

Fourth to tenth place will re­ceive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100, re­spec­tively.

For the Team Open, it of­fers RM4,500 for the first prize and RM3,500 (sec­ond), RM3,000 (third), RM2,000 (fourth) and RM1,000 (fifth).

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Team Geng Kayuh Asal Boleh are tak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion se­ri­ously.

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