‘Home’ for thrill seekers


  • Community Sports
  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

(Far left) A group of mountain bike (MTB) XC cyclists.

THE Putrajaya Challenge Park (PCP) Adrenaline Fest 2019 was held at Kompleks Sukan Lasak, Taman Cabaran, Precinct 5, Putrajaya, to promote both the venue and extreme sports in Malaysia.

Established in 2015, the PCP Adrenaline Fest is an annual all-inclusive sporting event and competition which utilises existing sport facilities in PCP such as transition skatepark, mountain bike (MTB) outdoor trails, bike park and indoor wall climbing.

The event’s main aim is to provide a platform for extreme sports enthusiasts to show their hidden talents and give them initial exposure to international extreme sports competition.

Putrajaya Corporation’s (PjC) Town Services vice-president Datuk Azizi Ahmad Termizi said the fifth series of the fest also provides activities for residents of various age groups of Putrajaya and its surrounding areas.

“I am pleased to note the overwhelming response to this year’s fest with increased participation from international visitors, especially during the weekend.

“Although the location is quite isolated and many may not know about it, our corporate communication division and the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry cooperated to promote PCP for Visit Malaysia 2020.

“We hope more Malaysians and foreigners will visit PCP in the future, ” he added.

Participants contested in five events and 17 categories in this year’s edition with prizes worth RM13,450 up for grabs.

The events and categories included skateboarding, bike motocross (BMX), push bike, village race 7.0 and wall climbing.

Ejau Azri Mardi, 39, from Amaniz cycling team based in Shah Alam, said they would go to PCP every week for training since it has international cycling tracks for MTB XC, MTB downhill and road bike categories.

“As an amateur racer with more than 10 years’ experience, I believe these types of events will expose the younger generation to extreme sports, especially cycling, ” said Ejau.

Muhammad Azhan Md Firdaus, 20, said he visits PCP every week to practise his skateboard skills and was amazed at the number of people the place attracts.

“I have been interested in skateboarding since young and have truly enjoyed the thrills. Not many youngsters have an opportunity to pursue extreme sports so I wanted to give it my best shot, ” he added.

This year, the event added a street art graffiti category to make the park more eye-catching. A total of 12 Malaysians and two international graffiti artists from Switzerland participated.

South African Jaco Bierman, 40, who has been in Malaysia for a few years said he had a cycling team comprising friends from Holland and Germany.

“I heard about this park from my friends who ride here often but this is my first time visiting PCP.

“The event was fun and the entire park is very well-maintained and it is good that the police are involved to help monitor traffic and block off the roads.

“This area specifically is extremely nice for families. I would definitely come again with my two young kids who are passionate about riding a push bike and skateboarding, and I would also recommend people to come here and take part in events like this in the future, ” he added.

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