REAFFIRMING his support for the sport in the city, the mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib announced the route for Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur 2015 this week.
The event that is set to take place from June 12-14 at Dataran Merdeka is Malaysia’s largest community cycling event on closed public roads.
Last year’s event attracted 6,000 cyclists and this year’s has already attracted 4,000 participants with registration open until tomorrow.
The mayor made the announcement at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur alongside event owner and organiser Spectrum Worldwide managing director Chris Robb and Malaysian National Cycling Federation deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad.
As before, cyclists in this year’s event can expect the 12km route to bring them through a series of landmarks within the city.
Riding across Jalan Parlimen, they will come across buildings such as Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan and the Putra World Trade Centre a little bit further up Jalan Sultan Ismail.
The second part of the route after Jalan Sultan Ismail will lead riders through Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan Ampang, where the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower and Muzium Telekom stands. A short while from there, riders will approach the famous Jalan Raja Chulan to get back to Dataran Merdeka.
“It is a scenic route and is a perfect way for Malaysians and tourists to take in the beautiful sights of Kuala Lumpur on a leisurely ride,” said Ahmad Phesal.
“The city of Kuala Lumpur wants to encourage more Malaysians to embrace cycling and Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur is a great platform that creates awareness and excitement for the sport while showcasing our beautiful capital,” he said.
As a long-standing advocate for cycling as a healthy and environmental mode of transport, the mayor recently proposed ‘Cycle-in-KL’ packages for tourists following the successful run of KL Car Free Morning in addition to pledging bicycle lanes for Earth Hour.
“By implementing this bicycle path, it is an alternative way to travel within the capital and therefore cutting congestion and reducing pollution. We hope that everyone will adopt this cycling culture as an alternative means of transport and healthy living,” the mayor added.
Robb said in the four years of the event, response from Malaysia had always been “overwhelmingly positive”.
“We want to offer everyone the opportunity to ride, and have even invited several disabled riders the chance to participate. We encourage parents to take this weekend to spend quality time bonding with their children,” he added.
Five categories will feature in this year’s ride, catering for riders of all levels with distances ranging from 100m to 48km.
Categories for the young ones will take place on Saturday, children between the ages two and five can take part in the 100m and 150m Tricycle Ride while the Kids’ Ride (5km) is open to children aged six to nine years old and the Junior Challenge is a 30 minute ride is for those aged 10-12 years.
Sunday’s rides will feature the full route with The Challenge (48km) followed by The Community Ride (24km), the flagship categories of Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur will take cyclists in multiple loops starting from Dataran Merdeka.
Asia KL event to take cyclists through a series of landmarks within the city