Friday, 3 January 2014 | MYT 6:05 PM
Adiq to feature for Terengganu Cycling
Adiq Husainie Othman joined Terengganu Cycling in hopes of making the Asian Games squad. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: After several years of riding for international teams, road cyclist Adiq Husainie Othman will return home this season to feature for Terengganu Cycling.
The 22-year-old Adiq first broke into the professional scene in 2010 when he signed with Australian continental team Drapac Porsche. After two years with Drapac, he moved up a notch to join pro continental team Champion System from 2012-2013.
The Hong Kong-based team folded at the end of last year and Terengganu Cycling, Malaysia’s only continental team, came in with an offer that Adiq couldn’t resist.
“My ambition this year is to participate in the Asian Games in Incheon (in South Korea on September). So any decision I make must take into account that I can split my time between the team and the Asian Games programme.
“I’m just happy that I made the decision to join a Malaysian team this time because the Asian Games is an important objective for me,” said Adiq, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
Terengganu Cycling will now have enough firepower in their ranks to be Asia’s top team this season. They achieved the feat in 2012.
Anuar Manan, the former Le Tour de Langkawi green jersey (points competition) winner, is back with the team. He was a member of the team in 2011.
Amir Mustafa Rusli, Adiq’s former team-mate at Drapac in 2011, and Mohd Harrif Salleh, last year’s Jelajah Malaysia points competition winner, and Mohd Zamri Salleh are the other members of the team.
The team have been training in Kota Kinabalu since Thursday and Adiq, Anuar and Harrif will fly in next week to begin work.
“Sabah is a good place to lay the building blocks for the season because of the climbs around Kundasang. We will be there for about a month before competing in the Le Tour de Langkawi (from Feb 28- March 8),” said Adiq.