The excitement of Jelajah Malaysia 2016 is beginning to be felt as the riders set to compete in the five stage tour were presented to both fans and media.
A total of 16 teams confirmed their place in the UCI 2.2 competition, which is the oldest stage race in Asia, and signed in at the official race HQ at Silka Hotel in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
The race, which covers a total distance of 750.2km, will feature a number of big name teams such as Pishgaman (Iran), Terengganu Cycling Team (Malaysia), KSPO (Korea), Kinan Cycling (Japan), Pegasus Continental Cycling Team (Indonesia), 7Eleven-SAVA RBP (Philippines), Black Inc Cycling (Laos) and NSC-MYCRON (Malaysia), who are all continental teams.
Two national teams – Malaysia and Singapore – will also be competing while the clubs fighting for honours include Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Police, Team Tirecare Dr Dagoo, KLCA, Persada DCC and Selangor MBPJ.
Local hot favourites, Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) will feature brothers Mohd Zamri Salleh and Mohd Hariff Salleh, alongside compatriots Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz, Nur Amirul Marzuki, Mohd Sharul Mat Amin and Dadi Suryadi from Indonesia.
The opening stage today started from Dataran Merdeka to Ipoh will be the longest, covering a gruelling distance of 206.5km. The second day, which will see the riders moving from Sungai Siput to Cameron Highlands, is likely to be the queen stage of the race.
This will be followed by three more stages – Gua Musang to Pasir Puteh (169.10km), Machang to Gong Badak (125.20km) and the final stage from Kemaman to Kuala Terengganu (142.70km).
Organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), with endorsement of the Youth and Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council (NSC), this edition of the Jelajah Malaysia is again managed by Peloton Resources with Gerakan Belia Gagasan 1Malaysia (GBG1M) as event partner.