KUALA LUMPUR: First Cartel (M) Sdn Bhd, the organisers of the most prestigious cycling race in Asia, the Tour of Langkawi, have promised to give logistic aspects top priority during the championships, which begin on Jan 28.
Their managing director, Imran Abdullah, said that logistics, which included the route for the race and safety features, were among the main challenges faced by any organisers of a Tour.
“We have learned from past experiences and will continue to upgrade facilities and safety procedures to provide the best for riders.
“Furthermore, we have some of the best support staff, including the police,” he said at the Blue Ride Race held here yesterday.
Imran said that for this year's Tour, about 200 safety officials, including police personnel, would be on duty to ensure the smooth staging of the Tour, which begins in Langkawi and runs through nine states.
Last year, a mix-up in traffic control during the last two laps of the opening stage in Taiping led to the neutralisation of the stage results.
Imran said that all steps had been taken to ensure that a similar mix-up would not happen again and that the organisers were ready to welcome participants, who are expected to arrive in Langkawi next week.
He said that in conjunction with the 10th edition of the Tour, various programmes had been lined up throughout the stages.
Meanwhile, 700 cyclists took part in the Blue Ride race, which was flagged off by the Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.
The 45km race is part of a promotional race for the Tour to create awareness among the public. – Bernama