THE overwhelming response to the 46km KKB to Fraser’s Hill King of the Mountain (KOM) Cycling Challenge this Sunday has organisers lost for words.
With an initial target of 1,000 participants, event operation manager Philip Yip said they had received 1,300 entries, making it one of the biggest KOM challenge’s in the country.
“We had to close the entries as we are unable to accept any more cyclists.
As KOM is a very interesting event, we figured that many cyclists would not join because of the steep terrain. But we have been proven wrong.
“Explaining further about what excited entries, cyclists would have the most challenging uphill climb at the last 8km before the finishing line from The Gap to Fraser’s Hill.
Mostly, the roads are very busy with vehicles coming up and down. For this event, we have blocked the entire road as early as 5am for safety purposes,’’ said Yip at the Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS) in Kuala Kubu Baru.
Straco Venture Sdn Bhd managing director Robert Kau said to ensure cyclists have a good time, lunch would be arranged at Fraser’s Hill, including a selection of fruits.
“We are planning to accept more cyclists for the event next year,’’ said Kau, adding that cyclists from Thailand, Japan Singapore, Spain, the US, the UK and the Philippines would be cycling here.
The event, jointly organised by MDHS and Straco Venture Sdn Bhd, has a total of RM8,400 in cash prizes.
The challenge will start at Taman Millenium Stadium in Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB) and end at the iconic clock tower in Fraser’s Hill.
Cyclists can compete in the Race or Challenge categories and either use a mountain bike or race bicycle for the men’s and women’s categories.
Also present were Straco Venture Sdn Bhd sales director Becky Chua, Straco Venture Sdn Bhd business development director Rosdi Harun and MDHS secretary Azman Dahlan.
Azman added that the cycling event was very interesting as it would attract many tourists to the KKB.
“It would also be part of the programme to pave the way for Hulu Selangor 2017 tourism plans,’’ he said.