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One of Malaysia’s most anticipated and unique cycling events, the RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2016, took off to a resounding start recently when over 3,000 cycling enthusiasts were ‘flagged-off’ at the Kajang Selatan Toll Plaza, Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban E21 (LEKAS Highway) by Yang Berhormat Datuk Rosnah Bte Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Works.

The Highway Ride was the result of a three-party collaboration between RHB Banking Group (RHB), Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd and Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of IJM Corporation Berhad’s Toll Division. GoSportz Sdn Bhd, a sports marketing and event management company, was the race organiser.

“As the joint title sponsor for Malaysia’s first night cycling race on a closed highway, we are delighted to see such an overwhelming and enthusiastic response from participants. Clearly, this event has struck a chord amongst cycling enthusiasts and health-minded individuals in Malaysia and beyond. We will continue to spearhead innovative events such as this to engage communities,” said Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, Group Managing Director, RHB Banking Group.

(From L to R): Yang Mulia Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin; Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Laxamana Tunku Dato' Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja'afar, Board of Director of LEKAS Highway; Yang Berbahagia. Dato' Soam Heng Choon,  Non-Executive Director, IJM Land Berhad; Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Azlan Zainol, Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman, RHB Banking Group; Yang Berhormat Datuk Rosnah Bte Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Works; Eugene Koh, Assistant Director, Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd.  ; Yang Berbahagia. Dato' Ir. Ng Chong Yuen, Chairman of LEKAS Highway flagging-off

(From L to R): Yang Mulia Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin; Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Laxamana Tunku Dato’ Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar, Board of Director of LEKAS Highway; Yang Berbahagia. Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Non-Executive Director, IJM Land Berhad; Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Azlan Zainol, Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman, RHB Banking Group; Yang Berhormat Datuk Rosnah Bte Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Works; Eugene Koh, Assistant Director, Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd. ; Yang Berbahagia. Dato’ Ir. Ng Chong Yuen, Chairman of LEKAS Highway.

This inaugural night race is aimed at bringing competitive cyclists, leisure cyclists and families with children together under one fun-filled event to promote healthy lifestyles in Malaysia. A total road closure on the highway which began from Kajang Selatan Interchange up to Paroi Junction was carried out to ensure a smooth and safe ride for the participants.

“Cycling, both as a competitive platform and a leisurely healthy activity, continues to grow from strength to strength in Malaysia. This is evidenced by the strong response we have received for this Highway Ride,” said Eugene Koh, Assistant Director, Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd.

“As one of the world’s leading brands in the sports of cycling, Shimano is delighted to be a co-title sponsor of this unique initiative. By bringing like-minded individuals together this evening, we hope to continue to remain at the forefront in the hearts and minds of cycling fans throughout Malaysia,” added Eugene Koh, Assistant Director, Shimano Singapore Pte Ltd.

Terrenganu Pro Cycling Team (TSG) came in full support of the event and sponsor, Shimano,

Terrenganu Pro Cycling Team (TSG) came in full support of the event and sponsor, Shimano.

RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2016 featured two primary race distances – 105km and 78km. The 78km Men’s Open was won by ‘s (TSG) Anuar Manan while Norimran Bin Nor In won the 105km Men’s Open.

Meanwhile, the 78km Women’s title was won by Christina Liew and the 105km title went to Heng Sivlang.

Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Sports also joined the race as did members of the Terengganu Pro Asia Cycling Team (TSG).

YB Khairy Jamaluddin joined in the fun at the RHB Shimano Lekas Night Ride.

YB Khairy Jamaluddin joined in the fun at the RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ Lekas.

Heng Sivlang (2nd from left) coming for the win in the 105km Women's Open at RHB Shimano Lekas Night Ride 2016.

Heng Sivlang (2nd from left) coming for the win in the 105km Women’s Open at RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ Lekas 2016.

Other sponsors of this event included Gigatera, Polygon, Brother International, IJN National Heart Institute, 100 plus, Ice Mountain, Volvo Life Paint, Endurace, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Starbucks, Oticon, Rocktape, Garmin, 2XU, PowerBar, Cycling Plus and Cycling Malaysia.

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