Race will bring back fond mem­o­ries for blog­ger

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Com­pet­ing in the New Straits Times C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge will be ex­tra spe­cial for blog­ger Datuk Ahirudin At­tan, as he will not only be cy­cling side by side with his daugh­ter, the event also brings him nos­tal­gia of his days as an NST busi­ness ed­i­tor.

Ahirudin, pop­u­larly known as Rocky, said he was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge as NST has been a part of his life for more than 20 years.

“It is nos­tal­gic for me. It is good to come back and take part in this event which shows that NST still knows how to keep with the times,” the 55-year-old said.

Ahirudin would be com­pet­ing in the 160km race with his 22year-old daugh­ter, Ahirine, sup­port­ing her to achieve a podium fin­ish.

“Next year, when I am stronger and bet­ter, I will go for the podium fin­ish. This year, I will leave it to my daugh­ter as I am here to enjoy my­self,” he said, jest­ing that he was merely a chap­er­one to Ahirine, who per­suaded him to join her in the race.

“In terms of prepa­ra­tion, we cy­cle like we al­ways do. She (Ahirine) had an ac­ci­dent three weeks ago, so she has not been able to train as much as she should.

“We went to Langkawi for a short ride last week, but we have to take it easy and pace our­selves prop­erly for the 160km race.”

The duo are aim­ing to fin­ish in un­der six hours.

Ahirine said she hoped to com­plete the race, as her last cen­tury ride three weeks ago went un­fin­ished after she crashed.

Ahirudin told the NST that there were few sports he could do with his chil­dren and cy­cling was one of them.

MOHD HANIF PIC BY SURIANIE

Datuk Ahirudin At­tan and his daugh­ter, Ahirine, look­ing at the race jer­sey after col­lect­ing their goodie bags and race kits for the NST CCy­cle Chal­lenge at Balai Berita in Bangsar yes­ter­day.

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