THE MILES

New Straits Times - - News -

Pun­cak Alam, to Pun­cak AlamSim­pang Tiga Jeram to Kuala Se­lan­gor-Batu Arang and back.

The fa­ther-daugh­ter team has been cy­cling 160km ev­ery two days as part of their train­ing for the chal­lenge since they reg­is­tered last month.

“It is not our first time, but the Pun­cak Alam ‘Dragon’s Back’ is a killer, so we are not tak­ing this ride lightly. No­body (do­ing the 160km) should.

“I’ve been pil­ing up miles as part of my prepa­ra­tion.

“I think the (205km) ride I did in Kun­dasang, Sabah, last week and the one we are do­ing in Langkawi a week be­fore the C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge will get us ready for the big day,” said Ahirudin, a for­mer Busi­ness Times edi­tor at the New Straits Times.

Ahirine said though she and her fa­ther were not re­stricted to any spe­cific diet, they con­sumed food that was high in pro­tein to build mus­cle and re­cover fast in case of in­jury.

She caught the cy­cling bug late last year af­ter watch­ing her fa­ther get ready for his rides ev­ery morn­ing.

“I was more in­ter­ested in mo­tor­cy­cles. I de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in bi­cy­cling af­ter study­ing his daily rou­tine. I be­lieve my fa­ther is more than pre­pared, but I had to slow down a little on my train­ing since I had a fall last week­end. I hope to re­cover and get back to train­ing soon,” she said.

Ahirudin, who has been cy­cling since young, said this sport com­bined work­ing out, with trav­el­ling and sight­see­ing.

Since Jan­uary last year, he had been cy­cling fur­ther and faster.

He plans to cy­cle from here to Lon­don, the United King­dom, and then to Mecca, Saudi Ara­bia.

“So, on the world map, I can draw a straight line from Kuala Lumpur and Lon­don and say ‘I have done it on two wheels’,” he said, adding that the fact that his daugh­ter wanted to do it with him, mo­ti­vated him.

“It (cy­cling) is some­thing you can do, even com­pet­i­tively, at 15 or 55 or 105, like Robert Marc­hand of France,” he said.

The team has its own hash­tag, #aba­hand­bay­bee for fol­low­ers and the pub­lic to see their ac­tion on the streets.

“I can’t ride against the young ones, but I hope to fin­ish the cen­tury. It will be a mean­ing­ful 160km for me per­son­ally, be­cause I was with the NST for more than 20 years and would not want to dis­ap­point,” he said.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

Cy­cling en­thu­si­ast Datuk Ahirudin At­tan (front), or Rocky Bru, and his friends train­ing at Da­mansara Heights for the NST C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge which will be held on May 21.

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