LAWYER Rodney Koh finds cycling exhilarating and liberating.
“There is just something about self-propelling down the road,” said the managing parter of KDJ Law.
Koh, 52, finds that cycling can be freeing in other ways too as it has led him to meet people from all walks of life.
“One thing I have noticed in all my years as a cyclist is that nobody cares about your race or religion.
“Our shared passion and experiences are what get conversations going.
“Cycling has taken me to many beautiful places in Malaysia that I wouldn’t have known existed otherwise,” he said.
As a child, Koh loved cycling. When he went to further his studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, he found that cycling was the cheapest way to get around campus.
“The infrastructure for cyclists was very good,” he said.
But when he came back to Malaysia over 20 years ago, he didn’t get onto a bicycle for a while. Five years go, he took up cycling seriously again.
“My doctor told me that my blood pressure was going up, and I knew I had to do something.
“Cycling has a huge advantage over running because of its lack of impact.
“Since I took up cycling, my blood pressure has come down and I have far more energy. Cycling is a great stress-reliever.”
Koh now rides three times a week.
On weekdays, he gets up at 5.30am for a 15km ride near his home in Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur.
Weekend rides are longer, from between 40km and 100km.
He has participated in many cycling events, such as the Perak Century Ride and the OCBC Cycle KL.
Koh is looking forward to Ride for Malaysia, jointly organised by the Star Media Group and property developer Sunsuria Bhd.
“There should be more events like Ride for Malaysia because it’s such a healthy activity.
“It is a great sport that anyone can do, including children, many of whom spend too much time indoors.
“Nothing unites people like sports. I believe the country was really ‘one’ when supporting the Malaysian Olympians last year who did us proud.
“What greater way to build that spirit in people than to allow them to participate in such an accessible sport?” he said.
Ride For Malaysia flags off at 6.30am on July 30 at Sunsuria City in Putrajaya.
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