For some, parents’ love shines through
Nine-year-old Nur Wadihan Wira Sudepja, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was among those who participated in the C-Cycle Challenge at Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam here yesterday.
The girl, fondly known as Dihan, joined the race on a RM10,000 custom-made carriage attached to her father’s bicycle.
Wira Sudepja Rabu said her daughter enjoyed outdoor activities and hence, he would take her along on cycling trips.
“Not long ago, we noticed that Dihan seemed very excited every time she saw someone riding a bicycle. So, we decided to make her a carriage so that we could take her along when we cycle.”
Wira said the carriage was designed to allow Dihan to sit comfortably and enjoy the view. It was also durable enough for long-distance rides.
He said together with his wife, Nur Murni Dona Nordin, Dihan and their eldest daughter, he had been participating in cycling events since 2015.
“Our eldest daughter could not join us today as she will be sitting the Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 exam soon and needs to focus on her studies.”
Meanwhile, 11-year-old Amir Khushairi, who was one of the youngest participants, finished his first-ever 35km ride in about 2½ hours.
Joining him in the fun ride was his 49-year-old father-cum-trainer.
Khushairi said his son began to show interest in cycling after the boy saw him participating in the Grand Fondo New York (GFNY) in Ipoh last month.
“My son has never joined me at any cycling event before as he was more interested in football.
“However, after the GFNY, he keeps telling me that he, too, wants to participate in such activities.”
Khushairi said he only managed to have three sessions of training with his son before the event. The first was a 7km ride, followed by a 28km ride and another 7km ride.
He then allowed Amir to train on his own in Subang Bestari where they live.
Khushairi, who has been cycling for about eight years, said he and his son enjoyed the event, and planned to participate in more cycling activities together.
Nur Wadihan Wira Sudepja with her parents, Wira Sudepja Rabu and Nur Murni Dona Nordin, at the ‘New Straits Times’ C-Cycle Challenge in Puncak Alam yesterday.