Cy­cling com­mu­ni­ties

No mat­ter what type of rid­ing you en­joy, chances are, there’s a group that suits you.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Outdoor - Sto­ries by MING TEOH star2@thes­tar.com.my

CY­CLING is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and a great way to get started in this hobby is to join a lo­cal cy­cling group.

Dif­fer­ent groups have dif­fer­ent cy­cling styles: some are more re­laxed, while oth­ers are more hard­core.

Star2 talks to the founders of three groups to find out more about what makes them tick – and how you can be part of the ac­tion too.

Bangsar Cy­cling Group

Cy­cling helps us to know our coun­try bet­ter, es­pe­cially when in­ter­act­ing with the lo­cals in ru­ral areas. And ob­vi­ously, it’s a healthy life­style.

This is why pro­fes­sional chef Da­nial Anis Marzuki, 33, be­lieves that cy­cling is good for Malaysians. He co-founded the Bangsar Cy­cling Group three years ago to­gether with his friend, Jo­han Sopiee.

There are 650 mem­bers in the group, and they meet up reg­u­larly ev­ery Tues­day night for a ride. There are many dif­fer­ent cy­cling routes, and the path cho­sen de­pends on the fit­ness lev­els of those who turn up.

“We will usu­ally ride down­town and take photos at ei­ther KLCC, KL Tower, or other scenic spots. And that’s usu­ally fol­lowed by food,” he added.

The rides are nor­mally about 25-30km only be­cause most peo­ple would need to work the next day so they can’t stay out too late. They also or­gan­ise (longer) week­end rides.

He is also an ac­tive ad­vo­cate for bi­cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture and cy­cling as a means of ev­ery­day trans­porta­tion, not just for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Our mem­bers come from many dif­fer­ent back­grounds and coun­tries, and we al­ways com­mu­ni­cate in one com­mon lan­guage, which is English,” he said.

He added that the Ride for Malaysia (or­gan­ised by Star Media Group and prop­erty de­vel­oper Sun­suria Bhd – see de­tails on next page) is a good ef­fort to bring peo­ple to­gether and in­still a spirit of har­mony and unity.

“Cy­cling is more of­ten than not a happy and pos­i­tive ac­tiv­ity that is shared by all races at the same time. When the ob­jec­tive is to cy­cle and have fun, you tend to leave all the other is­sues behind and fo­cus on the ride,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on their ac­tiv­i­ties, visit: www.face­book. com/groups/bcg­bcg/

Putrajaya Cy­cling Club

For Mohd Adib Noh, 65, cy­cling is a fun way to ex­er­cise and meet friends.

“My friends and I have been cy­cling in Putrajaya since 2008. We joined a few cy­cling groups which later evolved into spe­cial in­ter­est groups for moun­tain bik­ing, road cy­cling, and leisure cy­cling for ac­tiv­i­ties out­side Putrajaya,” he said.

“Then, in 2013, a few of us – Tengku Nash, Ab­dul Sa­mad, Sabri Ya, and my­self – decided to form a cy­cling group for those who en­joy cy­cling in Putrajaya,” he added.

“We mainly cy­cle around scenic spots in and around Putrajaya, and we usu­ally stop to take photos. The big­gest ride we had was in 2015 with over 75 rid­ers.”

With the Face­book group and mem­ber post­ings of ac­tiv­i­ties, news spread very fast, and now, the group has 1,043 mem­bers.

“It’s quite a muhib­bah or mul­ti­cul­tural group with cy­clists from all walks of life, races, ages, and social back­grounds,” said Mohd Adib, who hails from Ban­dar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Cy­clists of all ages, new­bies or vet­er­ans, and all bi­cy­cle types – foldies, moun­tain bikes, road­ies, and fat­ties (bikes with fat tyres) are wel­come.

“Ev­ery month, we or­gan­ise two rides and they are usu­ally on Sun­day, from 8am un­til 11am,” said this pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­ast.

The group usu­ally ped­als for 15-25km around cy­cling tracks in Putrajaya, with sev­eral photo stops in be­tween.

“When cy­cling, it’s eas­ier to dis­cover the hid­den gems around Putrajaya. We usu­ally go for break­fast af­ter the rides.”

He said that be­com­ing a mem­ber is easy and free.

“Just join the Face­book group, and when we or­gan­ise a ride, we’ll usu­ally in­vite everyone in the group.”

Ride For Malaysia is hosted by Star Media Group and prop­erty de­vel­oper Sun­suria Bhd. The event will be flagged off at 6.30am at Sun­suria City on July 30.

The grand prize is a sil­ver edi­tion Vespa LX 150. For the 30km fun ride, the cash prizes for the top three are: RM3,800 (first), RM2,800 (sec­ond) and RM1,800 (third). There are also cash prizes from the fourth to 50th po­si­tions. There are also 10 units of fold­ing bi­cy­cles to be given away. For the 5.5km fam­ily ride, the cash prizes are: RM2,000 (first), RM1,000 (sec­ond) and RM500 (third). Come in fancy dress, glam­our getups, or out­landish cos­tumes and you might also win prizes for best fancy dress (over­all-in­di­vid­ual/cou­ple/ fam­ily); most sport­ing fam­ily (fam­ily of four); and best look­ing cou­ple. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, go to sites.thes­tar.com.my/ ride­for­malaysia. For group book­ings, call 03-7967 1388 and ask for Events.

— DA­NIAL MARZUKI

DID IT! Bangsar Cy­cling Group mem­bers cy­cled up to Fraser’s Hill.

— NICK SIM

The Putrajaya Cy­cling Club at a ride in Klang or­gan­ised by group mem­ber CG Gan (in green).

— NICK SIM

Putrajaya Cy­cling Club mem­bers en­joy­ing a scenic ride amidst the green­ery of Putrajaya.

— DA­NIAL MARZUKI

Da­nial Marzuki (left) in a fun pose with some Bangsar Cy­cling Group mem­bers.

— NICK SIM

When cy­cling in Putrajaya, a we­fie at one of the iconic bridges is a must.

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