A huge crowd turned up at the largest cycling event in Klang as they rode in style with their head-turning cycling gears and outfits.
The Klang Premiere Century Ride 2015 was a huge success as some 1,750 people took to the roads and slopes as early as 7am.
The 128-km Century Ride that was divided into Women’s Open, Men’s Open and Men’s Veteran competitive categories was flagged off at the Premiere Hotel here.
The ride covered a few townships from Jenjarom, Banting, Morib, Bukit Jugra and Carey Island before culminating at the hotel.
An 18km Fun Ride specially catered for families and friends was also held, covering routes with many historic and scenic places in the older quarter of Klang town.
Businessman Shaharin Razali, 49, who won the Men’s Veteran (above 40 years old) category in 3hr 1min 54sec, said he did not expect to win.
“I have been cycling for 10 years and my type of race has been more of climbing and endurance. “Luck must have been on my side which allowed me to win this time,” said the Klang resident .
Shaharin said he hoped the authorities would build more bicycle lanes and cyclist-friendly infrastructures in Klang town.
National cyclist Mariana Mohamad bagged the top prize in the Women’s Open category, while Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi won the Men’s Open category.
Although slowed down by an accident some 5km before the finishing line, Mariana said she managed to free herself and sprinted to finish her race.
“A biker crashed into me from the back and his bicycle’s handle bar was stuck in my rear wheel. It took me some time to free them before I was able to finish the race.
“I saw more crashes ahead but managed to avoid them,” said Mariana, who is retiring from the national team this year.
She also advised aspiring women cyclist to prioritise safety every time they go out riding.
Organised by the hotel in collaboration with the South Klang and Kuala Langat district police headquarters, the event, themed “Kayuhan Mesra Masyarakat Bersama PDRM”, was aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and regional tourism activities.
Hotel assistant manager Ng Sok Yee said the cycling event was in its second year and the response this year was overwhelming.
“We have about 1,100 participants who turned up for the Century Ride while the rest went for the Fun Ride.This is a great activity for the community to come together,” she added.
Earlier, Ng, together with South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat, Kuala Langat OCPD Supt Azman Abdul Razak and hotel operator WCT Holdings Bhd executive director Kenny Wong flagged off both rides.
Men’s Open (above 16 years old)
1st – Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi
2nd – Wong Jong Xin
3rd – Muhamad Razif Abd Hamid
Women’s Open (above 16 years old)
1st – Mariana Mohammad
2nd – Sek Yee Ting
3rd – Jenny Goh
Men’s Veteran (above 40 years old)
1st – Shaharin Razali
2nd – Lee Eu Jin
3rd – Ong Phun Hong