Monsoon Ride accompanies the action on the water PHOTO: Monsoon Cup
Pulau Duyong, Malaysia, 8 December 2012: The first edition of the Monsoon Cup’s accompanying cycling event, the Monsoon Ride, saw 277 amateur cyclists flagged off by the Chairman of T-Best Events, Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik, at the starting point, the five-star Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa at 8.30am this morning.
The cyclists started with a rolling start, as they blazed through a 100km route that covered towns, beaches and a challenging climb as various cycling manoeuvres were employed to tackle the tricky route.
Themed ‘Cycling For All’, the community ride was targeted towards biking enthusiasts and amateur cyclists. Open to competitors aged 18 to 55, the Monsoon Ride attracted locals from Terengganu, Pahang, Johor and Perak, as well as international participants from Thailand and Singapore.
In line with next year being ‘Visit Terengganu Year 2013’, the inaugural Monsoon Ride covers popular tourist spots in Kuala Terengganu, geared towards promoting the state’s beauty and heritage. The participants were given five hours to complete the route which traversed the islands of Pulau Duyong and Pulau Warisan; Batu Burok Beach, and popular market Pasar Payang, as well as fishing villages Maras and Marang. Two feed zones were available for the cyclists to stop for food – before continuing the journey.
After four hours, the riders returned to the finish line with a chance to win one of 20 attractive lucky draw prizes including a Nexus Fixie bike, XDS MTB bicycle, Panaracer tyres, Oakley Ideal sunglasses, bike helmets, entry passes to famous tourist sites, and hotel stay vouchers sponsored by Primula Beach Resort, Permai Hotel and Tanjong Vista Hotel in Terengganu.
“The focus of the community ride is to give cycling enthusiasts a fun and healthy experience, as cycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, from young to old.” said Monsoon Ride organiser, Ahmad Kamarul Idrus, of Go8 Cycling Club.