Malaysia’s Commonwealth Gold medallist in Track Cycling, Josiah Ng returned to Malaysia for the launch of the new Nilai Nasional Velodrome in Negeri Sembilan recently. The velodrome will be featured in Track Cycling at the 2017 KL Sea Games this August.

Josiah Ng (center) and Azizulhasni Awang (right) at the new Nilai National Velodrome. (Josiah Ng)

The new Nilai National Velodrome stands tall and visible from the North South highway as you approach Nilai. (Facebook)

Josiah carried Malaysia’s name to the Olympic three times, held the world number one ranking and reaped gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Striving for greater heights after he’s hung up his racing stripes, Josiah founded 5Bling – creating custom gloves for cycling teams and events.

Currently residing in Melbourne, he’s put on his entrepreneur hat by starting Intertain – a platform allowing you to book some of Australia’s best chefs to cook at your home for you and your friends.

BaikBike caught up with Josiah to get some insights on the new velodrome and Track Cycling.

BB: How does the ride on the new Nilai velodrome compare with other world class ones you’ve raced in?

Josiah: I only got to ride five laps on the track yesterday, but it felt very fast. As good as any top track I’ve ridden around the world.

The facility is first class, but pity it just came about 5 years too late for me.

Josiah Ng testing the tracks of the Nilai National Velodrome. (Iqbal Mansor)

BB: What do you think of the up and coming junior talent in Malaysia?

Josiah: I think Shah (Mohd Shah Firdaus) is our next world class sprinter and I see a few more coming through the ranks. I’m confident more will come up in the near future.

BB: What else can be done to improve the Track Cycling scene further in Malaysia?

Josiah: I think we need more basic tracks built throughout the country, that’s the gap I observe in Malaysia.

JCM (Junior Cycling Malaysia) looks to be going well and promising in developing more talent for road cycling. Track cyclists comes from the pool of road cycling talent, hence if you develop road cycling, you’ll get a bigger pool of cyclists going into Track Cycling.

Josiah Ng and Azizulhasni Awang put on a sterling race at the new velodrome. (Iqbal Mansor)

Watch Josiah and recently crowned Keirin World Champion, Azizulhasni Awang put on an exciting display on the new track at 52:51, courtesy of Astro Arena.

Photo credits to Josiah Ng and Iqbal Mansor.