The inaugural Tour of Peninsular which will travel through six states in the peninsular from October 15-19, is Malaysia’s first ever UCI 2.1 stage race.
The tour places a cut above tours such as Jelajah Malaysia and Tour de Iskandar Johor, which are both rated as UCI 2.2 races, and just a step under the iconic Le Tour de Langkawi, which is a UCI 2.HC event.
It is also one of the first races to be awarded UCI 2.1 status which shows the confidence the world governing body (UCI) has in experienced race organiser Motoshoot Event Sdn Bhd.
The Tour of Peninsular will see riders covering a total distance of 850.7 kilometres over five stages, racing along some of Malaysia’s most beautiful, and physically challenging terrain on both the East and West coast of peninsular Malaysia.
Stage 1 will see riders starting the tour from Dungun to Kuala Terengganu, while Stage 2 will be flagged off from the revamped entrance of the iconic Pasar Payang market in Kuala Terengganu, and end in Kelantan. The relative flat profiles of Stage 1 and 2 should see both stages ending in an exciting bunch sprint.
Stage 3 is the longest stage and should offer the general classification contenders a chance to assert their authority ahead of the queen stage. Gruelling climbs at Titiwangsa (category 1) and Tasik Banding (category 2) could see a breakaway sticking till the end of the stage in Gerik in Perak.
Starting in Ipoh, Perak the fourth and penultimate stage is the shortest but is without a doubt the toughest, fitting of its status as the queen stage of the tour this year, with a hors category climb at Brinchang (elevation 1,506m).
The fifth and final stage will flag off from Tapah and will offer King of the Mountain (KOM) classification contenders much to fight for before ending at Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur.
“We are proud that both our continental teams Terengganu Inc TSG and Team Sapura Cycling are currently first and second in the UCI Asia Tour rankings. This is the nation’s best achievement in road cycling to date,”Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim
“They should use this chance to collect more points should be utilised by these two teams, especially as they are competing on home soil. As a UCI 2.1 event, Tour of Peninsular will offer greater points for stage winners as well as the overall champions as compared to UCI 2.2 events and is not too far from what is awarded in UCI 2.HC races such as Le Tour de Langkawi.” the minister continued.
The race organisers will also be broadcasting the race worldwide via live streaming incorporating the latest technology.
TOUR OF PENINSULAR 2019 ROUTE
- STAGE 1 : Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 : Dungun – Kuala Terengganu (196.0 km)
- STAGE 2 : Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019 : Kuala Terengganu – Kota Bharu (197.8 km)
- STAGE 3 : Thursday, 17 Oct 2019 : Pasir Mas – Gerik (200.0 km)
- STAGE 4 : Friday, 18 Oct 2019 : Ipoh – Cameron Highlands (110.5 km)
- STAGE 5 : Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 : Tapah – Setiawangsa (146.4 km)