Low and Co just out to have fun

New Straits Times - - Sport -

A FUN and in­ci­dent-free event is what Low’s Fun Ride Club are af­ter at the New Straits Times (NST) C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge on May 21.

“As we are a fun ride group, hav­ing fun rid­ing to­gether is more im­por­tant than com­pet­ing against each other,” said team man­ager Low Soon Teong.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to make sure all mem­bers have a fun and in­ci­dent free ride.”

The club com­prise Low, Coreen Leong, Low Tze Yen, Chong Siew Ying and Jenny Chin, and all are ex­cited for the 35km fun ride.

“We have been train­ing for the event ev­ery week­end, av­er­ag­ing about 50km each train­ing which con­sists of flat, hill climbs, and of course, ev­ery rider’s favourite, down­hill!”

As half of the team is made up of mem­bers who are over 40 years of age, Low said build­ing stamina is vi­tal, es­pe­cially for the up­hill climb seg­ment of the chal­lenge.

“The tough­est chal­lenge for our team is al­ways the hill climbs seg­ment. How­ever, with our train­ing regime, we are con­fi­dent that we will be able to con­quer them.

“As I al­ways tell my mem­bers, cy­cling is half phys­i­cal and half men­tal strength.”

Low said their tar­get is to com­plete the race with­out any in­ci­dents.

“For ex­am­ple, tyre punc­tures, cramps or the worst case sce­nario is fall­ing or ac­ci­dents.

“By look­ing out for each other, we are con­fi­dent that we can make it.”

Aside from the 35km fun ride, the chal­lenge will also see the 160km flag off from Eco Gran­deur (sales gallery) and will fol­low the Pun­cak Alam-Sim­pang Tiga Jeram route to Kuala Se­lan­gor-Batu Arang and back.

There are four cat­e­gories: Men’s Open (18 to 35), Women’s Open (15 and above), Se­nior Men’s Open (36 and above) and the Team Open that carry a par­tic­i­pa­tion fee of RM160.

The in­au­gu­ral chal­lenge of­fers cash prizes of RM2,500, R!1,500, RM1,000 for first, sec­ond and third place for the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Se­nior Men’s Open cat­e­gories.

Fourth to 10th place will re­ceive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100, re­spec­tively.

The event is spon­sored by Bank Rakyat and Volk­swa­gen.

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