Awed par­tic­i­pants vow to re­turn

New Straits Times - - News - PAULINE WONG

THE 10th edi­tion of Te­naga Na­sional Bhd’s Janamanjung Fel­low­ship Ride (JMFR) had gar­nered new fol­low­ers due to its pic­turesque des­ti­na­tions along the 110km route.

First-time par­tic­i­pant Wan Tarmizi Wan Is­mail, 54, who is a project man­ager from Batu Ga­jah, near Ipoh, said he had been train­ing for the ride for six months.

“I woke up early ev­ery­day and drove all the way to Bukit Kledang in Ipoh to train be­fore go­ing to of­fice for a shower. I man­aged to reach the fin­ish­ing line de­spite feel­ing re­ally ex­hausted.

“It was an over­all lovely ex­pe­ri­ence. I will def­i­nitely come back next year,” said Tarmizi, who was rid­ing with team UTP Cy­clist.

An­other par­tic­i­pant, Far­isha Shamarud­din, 39, from Gom­bak, Se­lan­gor, said it was in­ter­est­ing to ride past the villages in Lumut and Man­jung.

“It was my first time join­ing JMFR and it was cer­tainly dif­fer­ent from my pre­vi­ous rides, which were in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“Rid­ing along the route gave me the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the scenic view. I also brought my family along and later, we will take the op­por­tu­nity go sight-see­ing around the area.

“The event is a good pro­mo­tional tool for Perak, es­pe­cially for Teluk Batik, where the flag­ging-off took place,” said the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ex­ec­u­tive.

Her friend, Pauline Wong, 38, from Petaling Jaya said she en­joyed cy­cling on vil­lage roads and re­lax­ing in the calm en­vi­ron­ment.

“It was heart­en­ing to see vil­lagers, in­clud­ing the chil­dren, lin­ing up by the road­side to cheer us on. It was also well-or­gan­ised and we were well taken care of by the mar­shals. I look for­ward to coming again next year,” she said.

It was heart­en­ing to see vil­lagers, in­clud­ing the chil­dren, lin­ing up by the road­side to cheer us on.

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