Cyclists get off the mark, virtually

  • Cycling
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: The national riders will get their first taste of competitive cycling at the Malaysian National Cycling Federation’s (MNCF) Virtual Ride Championship from Aug 7 to 29, a contest which will prepare them for the bigger stage later.

The race will see the riders on their bikes at various venues but their timing, as registered by a sports app, will be collated centrally to decide on the results.

MNCF president Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab said the race was to keep the national riders in the best shape possible for competitions, including the Asian Road Cycling Championship 2020 (ACC 2020), which is expected to be held in Putrajaya early next year.

Abu Samah, who is also Asean Cycling Association (ACA) president, said the Virtual Ride Championship offers prizes worth more than RM30,000, including an RM8,000 bicycle set and Umrah packages.

“We need to move the administrative machinery from now. They have been resting for too long. We are waiting for an answer on ACC 2020 from the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), ” said Abu Samah.

“The MNCF Virtual Ride 2020 can be considered as a warm-up tournament for the ACC 2020. In fact, Malaysia will also participate in two major tournaments in October and November.”

The tournament is only open to local cycling enthusiasts and will be extended to neighbouring countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia in the future if it gets encouraging participation.

MNCF Virtual Ride 2020 will begin on Aug 7 with participants having to complete a 40km ride. Those interested in taking part can contact the MNCF at 06-2830150. The participation fee is RM119.

Participants will receive shirts, medals, e-bibs, and electronic certificates, while the first 500 registered participants will receive an 11-speed bicycle chain from RK Malaysia.

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