Pedalling towards a united Malaysia


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 07 Sep 2020

Participant Izni Nor Ali (right) from Simpang Renggam, Johor, stopping for a photo with her family during their participation in the #Togomy57 virtual cycling challenge.

AS Malaysia Day draws closer, over 340 patriotic and high-spirited Malaysians are logging in almost daily for the #Togomy57 virtual cycling challenge to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation 57 years ago.

United by a common love for cycling and a vision to celebrate unity and the many achievements of Malaysia, this virtual challenge is taking place nationwide in conjunction with Malaysia’s 63rd National Day celebrations that ends on Sept 30.

Cycling online community Togoparts.com is inviting all Malaysians to show solidarity and celebrate togetherness.

Togoparts.com chief executive officer Evan Lee said the #Togomy57 virtual challenge was open to anyone, regardless of their age, race or background.

“From the avid cyclist to the amateur or first-timer, everyone is welcome to join this exciting virtual challenge extravaganza to share their patriotic spirit.

“Our goal is to have at least 500 participants and hit the challenge goal of 57,000km by Sept 30. In just a day, our participants have already clocked more than 3,000km,” he added.

Participation for the virtual challenge is free but paid tiers are available should participants want to collect a medal or other custom-designed rewards such as an exclusive #Togomy57 jersey alongside other exclusive merchandise, virtual badges and a special medal, all to be delivered to them personally.

Upon registration in the Togoparts.com tracking app, participants are required to clock and record their rides anytime, anywhere during the challenge period and can track their progress and rankings using multiple independent platforms or apps.

Once a participant completes his or her ride, the results are then shared on the Togoparts.com app for verification purposes.

Lee said that in light of the pandemic, virtual sporting events had increased in popularity as participants had the option of greater time flexibility since they could schedule their participation around their preferred time and lifestyle.

“The virtual challenge is not limited to indoor cycling, it also caters to those who wish to cycle outdoors.

“Those signing up for this challenge can choose their own starting line, be it on a stationary bike, a neighbourhood cycling track or hit the open road.”

Lee wanted to build a community through the common love of cycling and what better way to do this than by celebrating the concepts of unity and tolerance.

Participant Aaron Ho Hun En from Kota Kinabalu is keen to hit the overall goal and plans to invite his friends and family to join in.

“Malaysia Day is a truly special occasion and through virtual challenges such as this, we can improve our well-being and connect with other Malaysians regardless of who or where they are. To me, that is the best way to show our love for Malaysia.”

Interested participants who wish to contribute to the 57,000km goal can register via www.togoparts.com

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