60 cyclists to go on 230km ride
KUALA TERENGGANU: To usher in the Merdeka spirit, 60 men and women will cycle 230km from here to Balok near Kuantan, Pahang, on Aug 31.
Members of the Pedalholic Cycling Club of Kuala Lumpur and Environment Cycling Club of Melaka are joining forces for the feat.
ECC spokesman Tay Kheng Chiong said the cyclists were aged between 30 and 73, with Judy Pang being the oldest rider.
They will arrive here at dawn on Aug 31 from Kuala Lumpur by bus, unpack and have breakfast before getting ready for their journey by bicycle.
“We are all full of enthusiasm for the ride and have been practising on our fitness and skills.
“We hope to keep the Merdeka spirit burning through our ride, which is not a race, but a personal challenge for each of us,” Tay said.
He added that their four-day fun ride would include overnight stops, where they would camp and enjoy seafood barbeque meals and exciting reunions.
Tay said the cyclists would be flagged off from Chinatown here at 8.30am on Aug 31 and travel 70km to Rantau Abang.
The following day, the cyclists will pedal 80km to Teluk Kalong in Kemaman for an overnight stay and then proceed 53km to the Air Balok recreation centre near Kuantan.
“After breakfast on the fourth day, we will pack up and return home by bus,” said Tay.
PCC president Adrian Chan Chee Kiat said the group encouraged casual riders to travel in an economical way to see interesting places.
“Besides, they will also learn the art of self-support, value the importance of preserving nature and experience living in remote villages and forests.
“All these to promote a healthy lifestyle and team-building, away from the hustle and bustle of city living,” said Chan.
The riders, he said, would ferry their own items for cooking, washing and camping.
Veteran cyclist Simon Huang said he was a regular visitor to the east coast peninsula states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang and loved the coastal roads.
“The coastal roads are flat and encourage cycling. They provide a perfect scenery with fresh seaside air and beautiful tourist spots as stopovers.
“The idyllic islands are also a big attraction for snorkelling and diving, apart from the wonderful beaches,” said Huang, a keen hash house harrier.
Members of the Pedalholic Cycling Club and the Environment Cycling Club during one of their fun rides in Negri Sembilan recently.