MORE THAN 2,000 EXPECTED AT C-CYCLE CHALLENGE TODAY
Attractive prizes, cash up for grabs in inaugural challenge
MORE than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the inaugural New Straits Times (NST) C-Cycle Challenge and sideline events here today at Eco World Gallery@Eco Grandeur.
The event organised in partnership with Eco World Development Group Bhd will be flagged off at 7.30am by New Straits Times Press Bhd (NSTP) chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Eco World Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
NST group editor Yushaimi Yahaya and Eco World Development Group Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah will be present.
Project manager Mahamad Zaidi Mat Noor advised participants in the two main cycling events — a 35km fun ride and a 160km century ride — to be on standby early.
“The first of the two events is the century ride that begins at 7.30am. We expect participants to be at the starting line at 7.10am.
“The 35km fun ride starts shortly after so we expect them to also be near their own starting line at the same time,” he said, adding that there would be a safety and technical briefing before both the events.
Zaidi said about 1,200 cyclists had registered for both the events and the riders were eligible for a lucky draw with prizes worth more than RM10,000. In a final briefing before the event yesterday he told the New Sunday
Times there were 67 prizes and 12 of them were grand picks.
The first prize is a Java Folding Bike worth RM1,800, the second is a Minoura Hybrid Roller(Bike Trainer) worth RM1,790 and the third prize is a pair of Shimano Road Bicycle Rims.
The 160km ride will start from Eco Grandeur in Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari then proceed to Jalan Paip en-route to Pekan Meru enter Jalan Kapar, Jalan Kuala Selangor-Teluk Intan and onto to Jalan Bukit Bidong, Rawang.
Cyclists will then ride into Batu Arang, The Selangor Fruit Valley, Jalan Raja Musa, Jalan Bestari Jaya-Ijok and move on to Jalan Kuala Selangor-Sungai Buloh.
Later on, the ride will pass Jalan Bukit Cerakah before looping back to the sales gallery on Jalan Mokhtar Dahari.
For the race category, there is the Men’s Open (18 to 35), Women’s Open (15 and above), Senior Men’s Open (36 and above) and Team (open challenge).
The inaugural challenge offers cash prizes of RM2,500, RM1,500 and RM1,000 for first, second and third place in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Senior Men’s Open categories.
Those in the fourth to 10th places of these categories will receive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100, respectively.
The team cycling open within the race carries a grand prize of RM4,500 for the first place, RM3,500 for the second place, RM3,000 for the third place and RM2,000 and RM1,000 for the fourth and fifth places respectively.
The fun ride will be flagged off at Eco Grandeur move on to Jalan Paip head to Jalan Meru Tambahan and then Puncak Alam before heading back to the sales gallery at Jalan Mokhtar Dahari.
Zaidi said medics, police as well as traffic and safety wardens, would be stationed along the routes.
He urged participants and visitors to be alert and follow the instruction of the police and the traffic and safety wardens.
Zaidi also called them to check the advisories on parking, road closures and diversions provided beforehand (see graphics).
The sales gallery is expected to play host to food trucks, NSTP sales booths, cycling activities for children and their parents.
The event is driven by Volkswagen and co-sponsored by Bank Negara.
Other sponsors include Revive Isotonic Drink and Giant.
New Straits Times C-Cycle Challenge participant Stephen White @ Syahmi Naim, 54, holding a C-Cycle Challenge T-shirt at Eco World Gallery@Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam yesterday.
Mahamad Zaidi Mat Noor
New Straits Times C-Cycle Challenge commissioner Firdaus Arshad (right) and event manager Mohd Sanusi Kamarul Azaha giving a briefing at Eco World Gallery@Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam yesterday.