Malaysia working with Vorteq to prepare best bike for Azizul

  • Cycling
  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

WXR Vorteq bike.

PETALING JAYA: The Pocket Rocketman is about to get some additional technological horsepower. Pint-sized Azizulhasni Awang is set to get hold of a mean bike to help him chase down the elusive gold medal for Malaysia at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

The Malaysian track cycling squad have been working in collaboration with Vorteq, a research and development company based in Silverstone and specialising in sports aerodynamics, to prepare the WXR Vorteq bike.

The cost for a made-to-order bike can go up to £60,000 (RM300,000). It is touted to pack cutting edge technology to go with specially designed components like full carbon saddle and integrated handlebar and stem.

The bike is called the Tokyo Olympic edition bike and has already received full approval from UCI, the world governing body for cycling.

While the cost may raise eyebrows, it also shows the faith placed in Azizul by National Sports Institute and National Sports Council who see the cyclist as the strongest bet to deliver gold in this year’s Olympics.

Malaysian track cycling coach John Beasley said the wheels were set in motion right after the 2016 Rio Olympics when Azizul became the first Malaysian cyclist to finish on the Olympic podium.

It was the second time Azizul reached the men’s keirin final at the Olympics and he went on to claim the bronze.

Looking for a boost: Azizulhasni Awang after his bronze medal win at the Rio Olympics.Looking for a boost: Azizulhasni Awang after his bronze medal win at the Rio Olympics.

“We saw what Britain were capable of in track cycling at the Olympics and we wanted to be like them.

“They are a successful nation in track cycling and we are doing what we can to give Azizul the best support in all areas so he can bring home the best results from Olympics,” said the Australian coach, who guided Azizul to become the world keirin champion in 2017 in Hong Kong.

Britain have won 20 out of 30 gold medals in track cycling dating back to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In Rio de Janeiro, Britain bagged six gold medals.

Azizul, a two-time Asian Games champion, is now ranked second in the world for men’s keirin and is set to make his fourth straight Olympic campaign in Tokyo.

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