‘Cyclotourism’ in Langkawi lets visitors explore the island through cycling


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Bike tourism is big business in countries like France and New Zealand. — JESS FOAMI/Pixabay

The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has introduced the “Langkawi Cyclotourism Trail” as a tourist attraction that offers visitors the chance to explore the island’s natural beauty through cycling.

LADA joint chairman Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah said a total of seven routes have been prepared, which would allow tourists to enjoy the island’s views and products.

The seven routes are: the Legendary Route, Ironman Route, Gunung Raya Route, 99Bikes MTB Trail, Chengkuan MTB Trail, Bukit Sawak Trail and Buffalo Park Trail.

“Langkawi has great potential to become a pioneer of the cyclotourism (also known as bike tourism) concept because the island is already known as the venue for international-standard cycling events such as the Le Tour de Langkawi and Ironman Malaysia.

“The uniqueness and variety of its landscape, as well as its biodiversity, make the cycling routes in Langkawi more interesting to be explored via cycling, ” he said after officiating the Langkawi Cyclotourism Trail in Kuala Sungai Melaka in Langkawi last week.

Mohd Suhaimi said that LADA would also introduce Ridescape, a 2.4km cycling track in Kuala Sungai Melaka, to be used as a community-based tourism product for cycling enthusiasts.

“The development of the second phase of upgrading works to provide basic facilities will be implemented in that area. A total of RM80,000 has been spent to revive the place.

“A lot of European countries have become famous destinations through the cyclotourism concept. In Langkawi, we are lucky to have interesting flora and fauna – hopefully, one day Langkawi will also become the destination of choice for tourists and the international cycling fraternity, ” he said.

Meanwhile, he said LADA had also prepared Langkawi Cyclotourism Trail pamphlets, which contain basic information about the routes that can be used for cycling activities apart from details of sales and service centres for bicycles on the island. – Bernama

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