KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council (NSC) have called on the national road riders to emulate the success enjoyed by the track cyclists.
The track cyclists have made huge progress on the international stage, including winning medals at the World Cup and qualifying on merit for the Beijing Olympics last year.
Track cyclists Josiah Ng, Azizul Hasni Awang, Rizal Tisin and Mohd Edrus Yunus not only competed in the Beijing Olympics but also won medals in the World Cup.
Youngster Azizul also beat a top-class field to win the keirin final in the second-leg of the World Cup in Melbourne last November. He won his second gold in the keirin final in the fourth-leg in Beijing last month.
Rizal earned his first gold medal with a strong ride in the 1km time trial also in Beijing while Josiah won silver and bronze medals in keirin events in the World Cup in 2006.
Now, NSC want the road riders to take the same road to success.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamed said that NSC would give their full backing for the road cyclists from this year.
“The NSC want our road riders to be as good as the track riders and qualify on merit for the London Olympics in 2012,” he said.
“They (NSC) also want the road cyclists to be world beaters and win a medal in the 2016 Olympics.”
The NSC have asked MNCF to come up with a comprehensive training programme to help the road cyclists qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
“The NSC want our riders to be more serious in training and give their best in the Tour of Langkawi (LTdl), which begins on Monday,” said Naim.
“The NSC have provided the cyclists with a coach, nutritionist, mental trainer and equipment for the Tour,” said Naim, who is also the LTdL chief operating officer.