A boost for social cyclists

Tengku Amir (in green, right) flagging off participants in the finals of the three-month Selangor Criterium Series 2018in Shah Alam.

IT WAS a thrilling day for cycling enthusiasts who competed in the finals of the three-month Selangor Criterium Series 2018.

The series, a first of its kind in the state, was organised by Cycling Selangor in collaboration with Selangor Youth Community, Pedal Malaya, and Plan A.

The finals, held at Persiaran Tasik, Shah Alam, saw about 300 participants competing in nine categories from Men’s Elite, Men’s Open, Men’s Master, Men’s Junior, Women’s Elite, Women’s Open, Fixed Gear Open and MTB Open.

Participants of different ages pedalled around a 2.2km track to collect individual points to take home cash prize from a pool of RM23,000.

Winners of each category were Mohamad Amin Idros (Men’s Elite), Faz Adhli (Men’s Open), Nor Effandi Rosli (Men Masters), Amirul Aswandi Amran (Men Junior Masters), Muhamad Firas Aliyan Ismail(Men Junior), Mohamad Nazrullah Mohamed Nasir (Men Elite), Mariana Mohammad (Women Open), Nurqadrina Emylia Norzali (Women Elite), and Arga Budirahman (fixed gear)

Winners were determined through a point system where points were collected by competing in three circuits, the first on Sept 29 at Persiaran Ceria, Cyberjaya, and the second at Persiaran Pasak Bumi, Bukit Jelutong on Oct 28, before the finals this month.

Selangor Youth Community chief executive officer Johan Kamal Hamidon said the criterium series was the brainchild of Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Johan said the crown prince was active in cycling when he came back from London for two years but felt that there was a gap in the cycling community.

“There were lots of programmes mostly catered for endurance rides, and long distances but not many for criterium races.

“The only programmes for criterium were catered to elite cyclists or young and upcoming cyclists, so there were none for social cyclists,” he said.

Johan said the crown prince wanted to create a competition that would bring together the cycling community and create a new culture in cycling.

Johan said the vision for the criterium series moving forward was to have monthly circuit races throughout the year, at different locations in Selangor, next year.

“We are looking at six circuits and we will look into changing the categories from age and gender related to timing, similar to what is done in Europe.

“This will make it fair and competitive, and encourage more people to join,” he said.

He said that the series would also change where instead of individuals competing in series to accumulate points to win overall, the competition would be team based.

He added they would begin the new series from June next year.

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