KUANTAN: The Kuantan Century Ride or better known as Kuantan 160 is back. Better and bigger this year.
Under the concept of “by riders for riders” and without aiming to make profits, 1,445 cyclists from all over the world have confirmed participation so far.
Another 200 to 300 cyclists from state agencies, private sector and non-governmental organisations are expected to join in under a special invite.
Among the countries taking part are Singapore, Mongolia, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, India, the Philippines, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, India, China and New Zealand.
Pahang Culture and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said about 90% of the cyclists were Malaysians, inclusive of the organising committee members, who would be joining to cycle a distance of 160km.
Mohd Sharkar said the route would take cyclists to several iconic landmarks, as well as eco-tourism and edu-tourism spots in Pekan and Kuantan.
Among places were Sultan Abu Bakar museum, Royal Polo field, Abu Bakar palace, Prime Minister’s house, Sungai Pandan waterfall, Pantai Sepat, Sungai Pahang, Pantai Lagenda, UIAM, International College of Automotive Malaysia and KotaSAS.
“A new township KotaSAS is the main sponsor for the event this year.
“The cycfie (cycling selfie) contest will be retained and winner will receive attractive prizes,” he told a press conference here.
Also present were Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar, Tioman Development Authority general manager Datuk Hashim Mat Tahir and Pahang Culture and Tourism Ministry Office director Idros Yahya.
Mohd Sharkar said cycling was one of the activities which was gaining popularity all over the world.
He said Pahang was one of the pioneer states in promoting cycling tourism.
“This event can help to spur the tourism sector and bring in revenue to the locals.
“We hope to continue with this event in years to come with support from all sponsors,” he said.
Mohd Sharkar will flag off the eyclists at 7.30am on June 7 at Padang Kemunting here.
In conjunction with the event, a national cycling tourism summit will be held on June 6 and limited to the first 200 participants. Admission is free.
Guest speakers are James Bak, Shimano, Dr Alwi Yunus and Datuk Musa Yusof.
Kuantan Municipal Council will also come in to support by organising a carnival with activities such as cycling, sports, sales and exhibitions, auto and audio show, health checks and public performances.