KUALA LUMPUR – January 25, 2017: Challenging. Exciting. Competitive.
Those were the adjectives used by CIMB Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz to describe the upcoming CIMB Cycle @Seri Menanti 2017.
In an interview with The Mole Zafrul pointed out that the event came to be because the group wanted to organise a more inclusive sports event — one that can be participated by professionals and amateurs.
“Unlike other spectator sports event, cycling allows more involvement from the public aside from watching the professionals doing their stuff,” said Zafrul, adding that the group expects up to 1,700 participants.
“We have also found out that quite a number of our clients are into cycling and some have been saying that cycling is the new golf,” he quipped.
However, Zafrul, who became an avid cyclist through his involvement in triathlons, reminded beginners who intend to participate in the March 26 event to train adequately. Safety is also of paramount importance.
This is because they’ll be cycling through the two routes — endurance (120km) and challenge (35km) — which will definitely not be a walk in the park.
“For those who have never cycled that far please do train. If you’re cycling at about 20 to 30 km/h, then it means that you’ll be pedalling for up to 3 to 4 hours,” said Zafrul.
Starting at the Padang Astaka in Seri Menanti, participants will be pedalling all the way to Kuala Pilah, Jelebu and a little bit of Seremban before cycling back to starting point.
Apparently it is part of the same route used in the Malaysia-based international cycling event, the Le Tour de Langkawi.
On his participation, Zafrul said he will take part in the race but joked that he will not be aiming to win it.
“It’s our first cycling event and we’re nervous and excited at the same time.
“If it’s a success then it’ll probably be made into an annual event and hopefully, if the event has a good track record, we’ll make it an Asean-wide event,” Zafrul said.
Those interested may register at the group’s Facebook event page for a fee of RM150 (endurance) and RM100 (challenge.)
Part of the proceeds will be given to charity.