Clubs primed to stake claim for title
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).
Team Geng Kayuh Asal Boleh are taking the competition seriously.