Previously, the event only featured a 42km route for four bicycle types which is mountain bikes, road bikes, foldies and fat bikes for both the Men’s and Women’s category.
OCBC Bank (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Ong Eng Bin said the new route caters to casual cyclists.
“Following feedback from previous participants, we realised that not all are professional cyclists.
“So, I hope through this, it would appeal to more cyclists,” he said in his speech during the launch at Menara DBKL.
A total of 1,500 participants had signed up for the event to date. It will be held on Nov 24.
The event is managed by Multigreen Events, supported by Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall while OCBC Bank is the title sponsor.
Ong added that they were targeting 2,000 participants for this year’s event.
“The cycling event, dubbed “The City Ride”, is aimed at promoting cycling in the city.
“It also has an environmental and sustainability theme where we use less plastic during the event.
“For example, participants’ bibs, tags and apparel will be packaged in recyclable paper rolls and there will be no flyers in the event packs as they will be replaced by information boards,” he said.
There will also be no bubble wraps for medals but instead they will be packed in compostable tracing paper.
The ride will flag off from Dataran Merdeka and take participants through iconic landmarks in the city.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the event provided a platform for cyclists who participated in bi-monthly Kuala Lumpur car-free mornings to race on closed roads.
“Cyclists can now put their skills to the test as the car-free morning was not a place to race as there are other people jogging and skateboarding.
“This event complements the equally popular car-free morning which aim to promote a healthy lifestyle, instil unity, spread
awareness on the importance of taking care of the environment as well as a way to bond with the family,” he said.
Also present were event Implementation Committee chairman Prof Datuk Naim Mohamad, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Bhd chief executive officer Syed Abdull Aziz Syed Kechik and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.
Those aged 18 and above can register for the event at www.ocbccyclekl.com.