City ride attracts 2,500 cyclists after three-year absence

(From left) Multigreen Events chief executive officer Nezzam Malek, Syed Abdull Aziz, Mahadi, Naim and DBKL Culture, Arts and Sports director Khairul Azmir Ahmad announcing the OCBC Cycle Kuala Lumpur event.

OCBC Cycle Kuala Lumpur dubbed “The City Ride” is making a comeback on March 12 after a three-year hiatus.

Some 2,500 participants have signed up for the 42km and 21km ride categories along with a new 42km corporate category called The KL Mayor’s Ride.

The event will be flagged off from Dataran Merdeka.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said OCBC Cycle Kuala Lumpur complemented the OCBC KL Car Free Morning which was designed for leisure cyclists and other sporting enthusiasts.

“We are glad to have OCBC Cycle KL back after a three-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am sure many are looking forward to participating come March 12 as evidenced from the strong response.

“This remains the only city ride along an uninterrupted 21km stretch for cyclists to soak in the beauty of Kuala Lumpur.

“Those who are a bit more experienced can go for the 42km option which involves doing the 21km loop twice.

“I am pleased to also announce the introduction of a team event called The KL Mayor’s Ride.

“The ride is for teams of 10 to compete against each other over a 42km distance.

“We envisage companies, ministries and agencies sending teams in large numbers to take advantage of this opportunity to foster team spirit,” he said while thanking OCBC Bank for reintroducing the event.

He said the event would advocate environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices such as recycling and single-use materials.

OCBC Cycle KL 2023 Implementation Committee chairman Datuk Naim Mohamad said organisers were working with the authorities on routes that provide a better and safer experience for cyclists.

OCBC Al-Amin chief executive officer Syed Abdull Aziz Syed Kechik said OCBC Bank used to sponsor OCBC Cycle Malaysia from 2011 to 2013, and first became involved in OCBC KL Car Free Morning in 2014.

“It feels good to be able to get people back on the road for the much-anticipated OCBC Cycle KL series,” he said.

“We hope to build a healthier Malaysia and foster inclusiveness through events such as this.”

This year will see very limited or no use of plastic packaging for event packs.

Instead, participant bibs, tags and apparel will be packed in recyclable paper rolls or envelopes.

There will be no paper flyers in the event packs but instead, large information boards will be set up at the event site as well as on the OCBC Cycle KL website.

Medals will be packed in compostable tracing paper and recycling bins will be strategic placed for collection of banana peels for composting.

The prizes feature four bicycle types – mountain, road, folding and fat bikes – for both men and women.

Managed by Multigreen Events, OCBC Cycle KL 2023 is supported by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the police and Malaysian National Cycling Federation.

OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd is the title sponsor.

Other sponsors include Great Eastern, KPJ, Decathlon, Thule, 100Plus, Nescafe, Milo, N8 Sports Nutrition, Gin Huat, Maxxis, Dahon, ES Mass, Maxtron, Elite Sports, Dynamique Sports Rehab Centre, Cat Eye, Minoura, Black Cat, Hutan Ration and Kulsocs.

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