MORE THAN 2,000 EX­PECTED AT C-CY­CLE CHAL­LENGE TO­DAY

At­trac­tive prizes, cash up for grabs in in­au­gu­ral chal­lenge

New Straits Times - - Front Page - VEENA BABULAL AND TEH ATHIRA YU­SOF SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

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

PIX BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

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.

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