Veterans attempt to set record by cycling around the world

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  • Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Ready to ride: Sofian to promote Malaysia as a peace-loving country.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Three veteran cyclists will take part in an extreme cycling around the world expedition to carve their name in the Malaysia Book of Records.

They are scheduled to commence their journey on Aug 1.

It will be spearheaded by Sofian Mohamad, 55, a native of Kampung Telaga Daing, Seberang Takir here together with his two friends from Sarawak, Datuk Mohamad Kepli Ahmad, 62, and Harmy Yusuf, 45.

This is a effort to promote Malaysia as a peace-loving country around the world via the cycling tour.

Sofian said they had planned the cycling expedition two years ago and had obtained various information on culture, safety aspects and the earth’s terrain in all the 25 countries which they will be cycling.

Alhamdulillah, our effort has been made easier with the cooperation from Wisma Putra (Foreign Ministry), which approved our applications on October last year, including Malaysian embassies in each of the countries.

“We will carry out our mission to cycle 30,000km through 25 countries within 485 days and expect to arrive back in Kuala Terengganu by November next year,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters at the pre-launch of the cycling tour series ceremony that was held concurrently with the reunion gathering of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tengku Bariah Alumni, class of 1978 at the school hall here.

Also present were the SMK Tengku Bariah Alumni chairman Mohd Suradi Mohd Sabri and the school principal Ismail Kusri.

Sofian, who is a lecturer at Kuching Polytechnic, Sarawak said three of them had completed numerous cycling expedition since 2009, such as the ‘Kayuhan Merdeka Sarawak ke-50 Lawas-Kuching’; Tawau cycling expedition; Sabah-Semantan, Sarawak 2,600km cycling expedition in 14 days and the 700km cycling expedition from Kota Baru, Kelantan to Kuantan, Pahang.

“Among the 25 countries we will cycle through are Thailand, Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Italy, Switzerland and France.

“Other countries include Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, China/Hong Kong, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam.

“Therefore, we aim to cycle 70km per day, six days a week,” said the father of two. – Bernama

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