60 cy­clists to go on 230km ride

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

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.

PIC BY ADRIAN DAVID

Mem­bers of the Pedal­holic Cy­cling Club and the En­vi­ron­ment Cy­cling Club dur­ing one of their fun rides in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan re­cently.

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