Ready to race: (from left) The men ’s open criterium event participant Ahmad Haidar Anuawar, McEwen, Robb, Naim, Chew, and fellow criterium participants Dann y Feng and Ronald Yeung.
OCBC Bank Malaysia Berhad is back and ready to flag off its third OCBC Cycle Malaysia event for 2014 with the announ-cement of this year’s line-up for the men’s open criterium.
This year’s line-up was unveiled during the launch of the three-day closed-road event by Malaysian National Cycling Federation deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad.
Naim highlighted the growing popularity of cycling in Malaysia, saying the cycling family was grateful to OCBC for organising the criterium.
“OCBC Cycle Malaysia is doing a fantastic job in providing a competitive race format for elite cyclists and the short course format is an ideal live spectacle.” he said.
“This year’s event has attracted more than 6,000 participants, over a thousand more than the previous year’s event,” he said.
Spectrum Worldwide managing director Chris Robb said the men’s open criterium category was crucial to the growing awareness of the sport and, at the same time, was a source of inspiration for Malaysia’s younger cyclists.
Along with the men’s open criterium, today will see the staging of the women’s open, masters’ criterium categories to crown the nation’s very best amateur cyclists.
The Malaysian national cycling squad will also be featured
prominently in the highlight category of the event (men’s open category) alongside elite cyclists from other states.
Also present to launch the event were Robbie McEwen, Cycle Asia ambassador and triple winner of the Tour de France’s Green Jersey sprinter’s classification, and OCBC Bank (Malaysia) director and chief executive officer Jeffery Chew.
The largest mass participation cycling event in Malaysia started yesterday and will end tomorrow at Dataran Merdeka.
The event also includes
various social categories for children aged between two and 12 years old in various formats.
For information on road closures and venue access and the event, refer to the PDF brochure at
http://www.ocbc.cyclemalaysia.com.my/ (Important Info Traffic Advisory)