Hard­core cy­clists unite for C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge

NST race a great way to foster ca­ma­raderie, too, says CEO

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

AINA NASA

KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE New Straits Times C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge is not merely a sport­ing event, but a means to unite the com­mu­nity to achieve a healthy life­style, says CIMB Group Hold­ings Bhd group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz Tengku Ab­dul Aziz.

Tengku Zafrul, who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 35km fun ride, said other than cy­cling, the race was a good event to get to­gether and pro­mote ca­ma­raderie.

“I am quite ex­cited to join the race as it has been a while since I cy­cled. I look for­ward to meet­ing old friends and get­ting to know new ones,” he said.

On the back of run­ning the Bos­ton Marathon a month ago, Tengku Zafrul said he was cur­rently in di­alling down mode and was not aim­ing at a first-place fin­ish.

“This time I am a bit more re­laxed as I just fin­ished the marathon. My team­mates and I are try­ing to fin­ish un­der one hour, but the ter­rain com­prises some hills, so we can­not be cer­tain.

“In any cy­cling event, it is im­por­tant to set a steady pace for the team. This is why I need strong riders.”

Con­sid­er­ing him­self an ac­tive cy­clist, Tengku Zafrul said he usu­ally cy­cled twice a week; once on a week­day and once dur­ing the week­end.

“In gen­eral, an ac­tive life­style is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity among Malaysians. This is a pos­i­tive change for us.

“Cy­cling, specif­i­cally, is the new golf.

“It pro­motes healthy liv­ing, it is a good car­dio sport and not as painful or bor­ing as run­ning.”

Tengku Zafrul said his love for cy­cling started a decade ago, when he started to com­pete in triathlons.

“I had no choice, but to learn how to cy­cle be­cause in triathlons, you have to run, swim and cy­cle.

“Slowly, cy­cling be­came my No. 1 sport as I re­ally en­joyed it.

“I de­cided to en­ter a full marathon about three years ago and re­alised I can­not train only by run­ning. So, I picked up cy­cling again after be­ing in­ac­tive for a few years.”

PIC BY HAFIZ SOHAIMI

CIMB group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz Tengku Ab­dul Aziz (left) re­ceiv­ing the C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge 2017 race kit from NST ad­ver­tis­ing head Ah­mad Azhar Mo­hamad Nor at Me­nara CIMB in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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