ABOUT a thousand cyclists pushed themselves to the limit by riding 160km during the Ideal Property Tristate 160 Fellowship Ride.
Organised by G-Club Penang Cyclists in collaboration with LP Cycling Club, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) and mainly sponsored by Ideal Property Group, the 965 participants were flagged off in Auto-City Juru, near Bukit Mertajam, Penang, before sunrise.
They then headed south towards Selama, Kedah, and crossing the border of Selama, Perak, and back to Kulim, Kedah, and finally ending at Auto-City again to clock the 160km distance.
At the end of the enduring ride, the participants were awarded a pewter medal each and treated to a sumptuous lunch meal.
(The first group of participants arriving at the finish line of the Ideal Property Tristate 160 Fellowship Ride in Auto-City Juru, Bukit Mertajam. — Photos: LO TERN CHERN/The Star)
Government officer Mohd Rashid Abu Bakar, 35, from Kuantan, Pahang managed to complete his ride in about six hours and described the ride as one of the toughest he had participated in so far.
“It was windy on some sections of the road and there were so many hills to scale, especially when approaching the Kedah side.
“Towards the end of the ride at noon, the weather got very hot and dry. But the scenery along the entire route was amazing.
“It was a good ride and I felt my limits being put to the ultimate test,” he said, after the event.
Housewife Angie Ng Cheng See, 39, and her husband, company director Eason Phan Yoke Seng, 41, both from Subang Jaya, Selangor, also took part.
“This is my first time riding such a long distance and I’m glad to have my husband supporting me throughout the ride.
“There were some uphill sections, especially those in Selama that were steep, and I struggled but Eason kept motivating me not to give up.
“Now that we have completed the ride, we have the medals to show off and we are hoping to return next year to set a better benchmark,” said Ng.
Present to flag off the participants were MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, G-Club Penang Cyclist chairman Datuk Dr Lim Seh Guan, LP Cycling Club chairman Albert Loo Ming Teck, Auto-City managing director Gary Teoh, and the event’s organising chairman Lim Chee Loon.
Seh Guan said the event themed “Campaign For A Lane” was held again after last year’s success.
“The Tristate ride has been extended from 138km last year to 160km this year to qualify as a century ride, better known as 100-mile ride.
“The committee has decided to make it a full century since most serious cyclists are benchmarking their performances on a century.
Maimunah said MPSP had embarked on several initiatives to promote commuting on the mainland by bicycle.