Writer Loh Chia Gin (left) with his buddies at the RHB Langkawi Ride 2019.

Riding my first road bike ride event in my hometown on Langkawi island was both harrowing and an honour at the recent RHB Langkawi Ride.

It was also my longest ride on the road bike measuring 100km, traversing the perimeter of the island. Riding with a peloton was also a new and enjoyable experience for me as I mostly ride and train alone due to busy work schedules.

Having only picked up cycling in 2017, I’ve since progressed to riding 90km at the IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi Triathlon in 2018.

Other than that, as a new cyclist I hadn’t been chalking up any decent mileage much less thought of attempting a 100km ride.

However, recently I started training remotely under RC Coaching by IRONMAN Ambassador Rupert Chen. Rupert provided training programs for me to train for 45-60 minutes a few times weekly on my indoor trainer. It was only then I felt strong enough and able to follow the peloton that suited my race pace.

The race took us on a scenic and idyllic route plus some very nice climbs in between which I found challenging and fun.

Maybe I enjoyed the scenery a bit too much as I did not achieve my target completion time of 3 hours. However, this was an achievement for me as I finished strong on my first road bike event even though I lacked the mileage.

I now realise that cycling has enabled me to see my hometown from a new perspective and has given me a whole new level of appreciation for this majestic island of Langkawi.

Overall, the race was very well organized with many water aid stations. Isotonic drinks and fresh fruits were provided, plus the volunteers were very helpful and marshalls too lent a hand. Hopefully, I will be able to participate in this ride again next year and I’d highly recommend it to others as well.

More about the author
Loh Chia Gin more commonly known as Miow, started cycling at the end of 2017 and progressed to participating in the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi. He loves cycling as enables him to enjoy beautiful views on mountain summits.