THE Ride for Malaysia cycling event that will take place on July 30 in Sunsuria City, Putrajaya is attracting a large spectrum of participants from celebrities and entrepreneurs to avid cyclists. Earlier this week, Star Media Group was at Xiamen University to encourage students to join the event.
Yong Poh Yee, 20, who started cycling just a month ago, is excited to take part in Ride for Malaysia. Yong, a second year Finance major, was invited by her friend for the ride and decided to give it a try. “I enjoy cycling because it helps me to relax and it’s also good for fitness because it strengthens the heart,” she said.
She believes that cycling helps to instil good values such as unity and cooperation.
Xiamen University Malaysia students registering to take part in the Ride for Malaysia event. To be held at Sunsuria City, Putrajaya, the event will consist of a 30km ride and a 5.5km family ride. — YAP CHEE HONG/TheStar
“All sports, including cycling, can unite people. When a cyclist is down, usually everyone will stop to help, even though it may be a competition. And when cycling in a group, if you feel tired, your cycling buddies will usually encourage you to press on until you reach your destination,” she said.
Cyling attracts people from different races and backgrounds, so in that sense, an event like Ride for Malaysia helps to encourage values like patriotism, she added.
Cathy Wong, 18, who has been cycling for three years, said she is participating because such cycling activities are good for health.
“I like cycling because it’s fun and relaxing, and more Malaysians should cycle because it will lessen air pollution and promote a healthy lifestyle,” she said.
The student, who is in her first term doing a foundation in Arts, said events like Ride for Malaysia could inspire people to be more patriotic.
“More competitions such as decorating bicycles with elements of patriotism would be nice,” she suggested.
Wong added that cycling could bring people from all walks of life together.
“In Malaysia, a lot of people cycle in groups rather than alone,” she said, adding that cyclists are a social bunch and would usually enjoy chatting and getting to know one another better during rides, regardless of their background.
Lee Kuan Chung, 19, a first year New Energy Science and Engineering student, has been cycling since he was 10 years old. He decided to join Ride for Malaysia because it seems like a fun activity for the weekend.
“Cycling is one of my favourite hobbies. It’s a great workout for the body and helps to increase our cardiovascular fitness.”
Lee believes that cycling is good for Malaysians and can help instil wholesome values.
“No matter what our race, social status, or how able-bodied we are, we are still 1Malaysia, and that’s what cycling is about. It’s for everyone,” he said.
“Cycling also brings us closer to nature and we learn to appreciate our environment more,” he added.
Tan Chin Yong, 21, a first-year Finance major, has been cycling since she was in kindergarten. She signed up for Ride for Malaysia because she wanted to have the chance to ride along with nature and enjoy the beautiful environment.
“Lately, there are fewer opportunities for me to ride, and I have been walking or travelling by car most of the time.
“Instead of riding the stationary bike at the gym, this is a great opportunity to cycle outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Sunsuria City,” she said.
Tan enjoys cycling because it not only gives her a good cardio workout but motivates her to keep on moving until she reaches her destination. She encourages more Malaysians to cycle.
“When people ride together as a team, we lend a helping hand to one another. Alone, we cannot go far, but when there is a bunch of people with the same goals and interests, we can motivate one another to achieve success together.
“We feel like we are part of a family when we overcome challenges and reach the finishing line together,” she said, adding that cycling also makes people appreciate their country more.