From left: Spectrum Worldwide MD Chris Robb, Minister of Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, Mayor of KL Ahmad Phesal Talib and Malaysian National Cycling Federation Deputy President Datuk Naim Mohamad flagging off the race"
OCBC’s third Cycle Malaysia event was a great success, attracting more than 6,000 participants to Dataran Merdeka over a three-day period. drawing entries from all over the country during the one-of-its-kind cycling event in Malaysia.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib flagged off the 48km category challenge at 6.30am on Sunday.
The event saw some participants cycling from their homes as far as Subang Jaya early in the morning.
Shortly after flagging-off the first wave of riders, Khairy mounted his own bike and joined renowned Tour de France sprinter Robbie McEwen and 3,000 other cyclists for a 48km cycle around closed city roads.
Khairy said “It is a fantastic experience for all cyclists because Kuala Lumpur offers a unique blend of lush scenery, cultural heritage, and modern cityscapes.”
He also thanked the organisers and sponsors Spectrum Worldwide, OCBC Bank and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) for making the event A success.
The event saw participants using many types of bicycles from road bikes and mountain bikes to folding bikes, there were some unique designs that caught the eye such as the front-wheel recumbent bicycle, parent-child tandem bicycle, and a flaming Chopper-inspired bicycle. These eye-catching designs added to the spectacle of a cycling extravaganza for both riders and trigger-happy spectators.
The event ended with the Community Ride (24km), the Foldies Community Ride (24km) and the Corporate Charity Challenge (48km).
The Corporate Charity Challenge saw 16 teams raising RM72,000 for the event’s official charities: The National Cancer Society of Malaysia, the Budimas Charitable Foundation and the National Autism Society of Malaysia.
Nicky Choy, a mother who rode with her three children and six nephews and nieces said the event “provides the perfect opportunity to create crucial bonding time between family members through a healthy and fun sporting event.”
Che Suza and his wife Mazlina Mokhtar said it was a great experience for their family and that they were looking forward to participating again next year.