ALL eyes were on Noor Ady Mohamed and his family when they walked in with their bicycles at the 29th Putrajaya Inter Park Ride (PIPR) 2015.
It was easy to see why, as the couple with their three children were using bicycles that were linked using tow bars so the children’s bikes were towed by the adult bicycles.
Noor Ady, 36, and his wife Nurhafiza Othman, 31, like running and were doing it together as a couple.
“However, it was not a sport we could do as a family as our youngest is only three years old.
“So, we were wondering what would be the best activity we could do together as a family and thought of cycling,” he said.
The security officer said they started cycling together as a family this year and the children were happy to do something else outside of school work.
“This event marks the first time we cycle together at an event,” he said.
He hoped more of such events would be held twice a month rather than every few months.
“This event brings family and friends together. Plus, we get to exercise to stay healthy,” he said.
The event was the second to be held this year with the first being held on March 29 this year.
The 20km fun ride started from Taman Putra Perdana, Presint 1, at 8.30am.
Participants Mohd Nordin Salleh, 38, and his friend Wan Mohd Hazman Wan Mohd Hassan, 33, said the event was a great way of discovering new places and routes in Putrajaya,
“It is also a good platform for us to meet other people who also like cycling and bond over their experience and knowledge of the sport,” said Mohd Nordin.
He said he and Wan Mohd Hazman worked for the same company but at different branches so they hardly met. The event was a good place for them to catch up.
Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Datuk Hasim Ismail said the event took cyclists to six iconic locations in Putrajaya including Taman Putra Perdana, Kompleks Perdana Putra and Taman Saujana Hijau.
“The objective of this event is to give an opportunity to participants to witness the development of Putrajaya’s public facilities and appreciate the nature and beauty of the area,” he said.
He said the event also promoted health consciousness in society.
“We have about 1,200 participants this time,” he said.
Hasim said the PIPR Exploration Passport Book was introduced on March 29.
“The passport has 30 interesting locations in Putrajaya that will be visited during the cycling route in four series for this year,” he said.
He said after every series, a medal displaying important landmarks of Putrajaya, will be given to participants.