On a mission to promote cycling


Participants tackling the challenge at Batu Kawan, Penang.

CYCLING over 160km from Penang to Perak and back within five hours is not a task for the faint-hearted.

About 760 riders were up for the challenge and turned up on a Sunday morning for the Paramount Property Interstate 160/80km cycling event starting from the Design Village Outlet Mall in Batu Kawan, Penang.

A total of 285 participants went for the 80km category and completed the journey in about three hours.

Organised by G Club Penang Cyclists, the event saw participants coming from Singapore, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea, Germany, Ireland and England.

The ride took off at 6.45am sharp and they were led by 20 marshals on superbikes throughout the trip.

(From left) Wang, Dr Lim (wearing white cap), Rozali and Beh (far right) joining other officials and participants before the flagging off at the Paramount Property Interstate 160km and 80km Cycling Event at Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star
(From left) Wang, Dr Lim (wearing white cap), Rozali and Beh (far right) joining other officials and participants before the flagging off at the Paramount Property Interstate 160km and 80km Cycling Event at Design Village in Batu Kawan, Penang. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

Participants of the 80km category took a turn back at Kuala Kurau town in Perak while those on the 160km route cruised to Padang Serai town in Perak before returning.

While they got to enjoy the scenic views riding through padi fields, streams and villages, the sweeper trucks at the rear of the peloton ensured no participant was left behind.

Present to flag off the riders were Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud, Paramount Property chief executive officer Beh Chun Chong, Paramount Property chief operating officer Wang Chong Hwa and the club’s chairman Datuk Dr Lim Seh Guan.

Rozali said the event was in line with the Penang Structure Plan 2020 which would see the development of cycling and pedestrian- friendly paths throughout the state.

“A 210km cycling path is being planned in the Seberang Prai Bicycle Path Masterplan with 90km in north Seberang Prai, 55km in central Seberang Prai and 65km in the south,” he said.

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