KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian road cyclists may be off to China as they seek to end the SEA Games gold medal drought that has lasted since 2005.
Road cycling coach Aminuddin Sulaiman has proposed a training stint in Kunming for the team building up towards the SEA Games, which is expected to be helmed by cyclists from the national set-up and continental outfit Terengganu Cycling.
There will be no track cycling at the Myanmar SEA Games this time and the main hope for gold lies in the road and mountain biking disciplines.
The road cycling races for men and women will be held on the highways of the new Myanmar capital city of Naypyidaw.
The weather in mid-December at that time will be cool and around 10°C.
“We’re looking at either Belgium or Kunming. But, from the preliminary findings, we feel that Kunming is more suitable. The weather is similar to Naypyidaw and we plan to train there for two months from September till early November. We’ll then to fly to Naypyidaw and stay there until the SEA Games begin.
“I hope the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) will approve the plan as it’ll help the cyclists prepare for a strong challenge in December.
“Our target is to win at least one gold medal in road discipline,” said Aminuddin.
Malaysia have not won a SEA Games gold medal from the road discipline since Suhardi Hassan and Noor Azian Alias romped to a sweep of the men’s and women’s massed start at the Manila Games in 2005.
MNCF have been setting the target of winning at least one gold medal in the discipline since the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand.