THE inaugural RHB Langkawi Ride 2019 drew more than 1,000 local and international cyclists to the island on April 13.
Participants were flagged off at Dataran/Laman Mar Mar in Kuah, Langkawi, by Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
The RHB Langkawi Ride 2019 attracted individual cyclists as well as corporate teams from 22 countries including Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Brunei, Italy, Japan and South Africa.
The race was the first cycling event outside Kuala Lumpur and Selangor organised by RHB, giving enthusiasts a chance to explore the island on two wheels.
The race featured several categories, namely the 100km Eagle Ride, 72km Heritage Ride and the 25km Adventure Ride, comprising the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran Open and Corporate Team (only for 100km ride).
RHB Banking Group group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli, who participated in the 72km Men’s Open category, said, “It was an exhilarating ride – with flat winding terrain, challenging gradients and fast tracked descents.
“At the same time, cyclists got to experience Langkawi’s scenic landscape and attractions.
“It was truly an amazing experience.
“I would like to thank all cyclists who participated in the RHB Langkawi Ride.
“We hope to see more Malaysians, particularly the younger generations, taking up cycling, not just for its health benefits but also as a leisure activity to be enjoyed with family and friends,” he said.