Mu­sangKing rid­ers

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FOR Ka­marudza­man Sanusi, 57, cy­cling is a sport for everyone.

“If you’re con­tem­plat­ing pick­ing up some kind of ex­er­cise or sport, do con­sider cy­cling,” said the busi­ness­man who hails from Sun­gai Be­sar, Selangor.

“It doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate (in terms of ) race or re­li­gion. When we are on our sad­dles, we are all broth­ers and sis­ters. If we see a fel­low cy­clist stranded by the road­side, we will stop to of­fer our as­sis­tance.”

Ka­marudza­man is the founder of the Mu­sangKing Cy­cling Team, which first came about in Novem­ber 2012 af­ter a bunch of them decided to cy­cle up to Fraser’s Hill.

“Back then, we hardly knew each other. But then, cy­clists al­ways mix well to­gether. Af­ter our ride, we came up with the idea of form­ing a cy­cling team,” he ex­plained.

The team was named af­ter the fa­mous va­ri­ety of durian but the logo ac­tu­ally shows a mu­sang or civet cat (they love duri­ans).

Ka­marudza­man said that the group of 50 mem­bers cuts across a wide spec­trum of so­ci­ety, from teenagers to grand­par­ents in their 60s; from col­lege stu­dents to pen­sion­ers; from me­chan­ics and sales­men to doc­tors and en­gi­neers; from gov­ern­ment ser­vants to business own­ers.

It in­cludes both male and fe­male cy­clists, and Malays, Chi­nese, In­di­ans, Ibans, and Por­tuguese.

“Mem­bers don’t need to reg­is­ter for­mally. One is con­sid­ered a mem­ber when they pur­chase the of­fi­cial team jer­sey and ride in a team at cy­cling events or ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

The group is more fo­cused on road cy­cling, and they have done cen­tury rides (so called be­cause it’s done over 100 miles or 160km).

Their “home track” used to be the bike lane (for both bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­bikes) along the Ke­sas High­way.

How­ever, since that bike lane is un­der­go­ing con­struc­tion, the group is now cy­cling along the Guthrie Cor­ri­dor Ex­press­way bike lane.

“We some­times cy­cle up to Kuala Selangor, which is about a 120km re­turn jour­ney,” said Ka­marudza­man. “But if we opt for a shorter dis­tance like 50km, we will go to Kuang town (near Rawang) for break­fast be­fore re­turn­ing,” he clar­i­fied.

“Cy­cling helps to build the in­ner strength of a per­son, (it’s about) the will to com­plete the course and pedal till the end. The key is in us, men­tally and phys­i­cally,” he said.

For him, one of the most beau­ti­ful cy­cling routes is from Gom­bak (near Kuala Lumpur) up to Gent­ing Sem­pah (the half­way point to Gent­ing High­lands). It’s mag­i­cal es­pe­cially early in the morn­ing when its shrouded with mist.

“The most ex­cit­ing thing for the mem­bers is when we or­gan­ise an out­sta­tion ride,” he said. The group has gone for the Tereng­ganu Cen­tury Ride (2013), Pe­nang Where To Go (2014), Kuantan Cen­tury Ride (2014 & 2015) and Melaka Cen­tury Ride (2015), among oth­ers.

“We char­tered a bus for the cy­clists and a lorry for the bi­cy­cles. We all stay to­gether at a home­s­tay or re­sort. These were very mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences!” he said en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

Ka­marudza­man was a for­mer coun­cilor with the Shah Alam City Coun­cil, and was in­volved in moot­ing the idea for recre­ational cy­cling tracks within the city’s parks. To­day, the state cap­i­tal of Selangor has 14km of bike lanes through its parks.

“It’s a good place for fam­ily re­cre­ation and also for be­gin­ners to take up cy­cling,” said this keen cy­clist who owns three road bikes, two moun­tain bikes and one tan­dem bike.

“It’s awe­some to see Star Media Group and Sun­suria Ber­had or­gan­is­ing the Ride for Malaysia event to unite everyone. We at the Mu­sangKing Cy­cling Team are glad to sup­port it!” he en­thused.

— KA­MARUDZA­MAN SANUSI

Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah Al-Haj (left) is an avid cy­clist. On his right is Ka­marudza­man, founder of the Mu­sangKing Cy­cling Team.

— KA­MARUDZA­MAN SANUSI

Some of the Mu­sangKing Cy­cling Team mem­bers rid­ing with the Selangor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (middle).

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