PETALING JAYA: It pays to be a cyclist in Terengganu as road cyclist Mohd Harrif Saleh is now a proud owner of a piece of land.
The No. 1 sprinter in the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) is among eight cyclists awarded a plot of residence land (0.3 hectares) each from the state government for their contributions in the sport over the last four years.
And the 31-year-old Hariff sees the gift and recognition as an impetus to continue to etch more breakthroughs in the road cycling scene.
Besides Harrif, the other recipients were his brother Mohd Zamri Saleh, Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin, Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki, Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman, Mohd Zulhilmie Afif Ahmad Zamri, Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz and Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi.
TSG have become a familiar name in the Asian road cycling scene and finished second in the Asia UCI Tour rankings last year.
Harrif, who made history by winning two races in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) last year, said he was honoured.
“It’s nice that the state government has recognised our achievements. It is the boost for us to continue to achieve more success, ” said Hariff.
“I am not sure when our next competition is because of the Covid-19 situation but I am prepared as always.
“It’s a pity the LTdL is not taking place this year but I am sure we will have some races to commit to. I hope to continue winning.”
Harrif has three Stage wins in total, making him the most successful Malaysian rider in the history of LTdL.
The Kuala Terengganu-born Harrif claimed his first success in Malaysia’s biggest road event when he won a Stage in the 2019 edition.
Terengganu is under conditional movement control order but it has not stopped Harrif from taking his bicycle out on the road.
Harrif sticks to his training regiment, rain or shine. He was even on the road during the recent flood in Terengganu.
“I cycle everyday for a few hours. It’s what I have been doing since I was small and I feel like something is missing if I don’t get on the saddle, ” he added.
TSG have a 14-rider line-up for the 2021 season.
The local riders are Nur Aiman Zariff, Zamri, Harrif, Shahrul, Wan Abdul Rahman Hamdan, Irwandie Lakasek, Afiq Huznie Othman and Nur Amirull Fakhruddin while the foreigners are Goh Choon Huat (Singapore), Metkel Eyob (Eritrea), Carlos Quintero (Colombia), Artem Ovechkin (Rusia), Youcef Reguigui (Algeria) and Robin Jurado Lopez (Panama).
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