The LEKAS Highway night cycling event returns for its fifth edition on 18 August this year. The RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2018 is held in collaboration with RHB Banking Group, Shimano and Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban Sdn Bhd (LEKAS Highway), a member of IJM Corporation Berhad’s Toll Division. It is the only night cycling event held in the nation on a fully lighted up and closed highway.
More than 4,000 people of all ages are expected to take part this year. To fuel the excitement, the 120km route in the competitive ride has been lengthened by 15km longer than last year. Both the 120km and 78km race routes will start and end at Kajang Selatan Toll Plaza, Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban E21 (LEKAS Highway).
During the launch event, held at IJM ICE Gallery at Pantai Sentral Park, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) was appointed as the first ever Ambassador of the RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS cycling event. To kick-off the event, a 2km Demo Ride was held around the launch vicinity participated by TSG, together with young riders of the Tri-Amateur Triathlon Club and invited guests.
“The RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2018 is a much awaited event amongst cyclists not just in Malaysia but across the Region, being the one and only night ride on a closed highway. We are grateful to have TSG and the Tri-Amateur Triathlon Club with us today to motivate our young people,” said Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, Group Managing Director of RHB Banking Group.
LEKAS has obtained the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Works (MOW), the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Malaysia Highway Authority (MHA). Road closure and traffic management measures will start from 5.00pm on 18 August 2018 until 3.00am on 19 August 2018. Road closure information will be disseminated to the public through various media.
Categories for the 120km race are the ‘Open’ (men/women aged 22 years and above), ‘Veteran’ (men aged 45 years and above) and the ‘Corporate/Open Team’ (men/women aged 22 years and above). Fees for these categories are RM170 (for individual registration, RM150 for early bird by 6 May 2018) or RM2,000 per corporate/open team.
Categories for the 78km race are the ‘Open’ (men/women aged 22 years and above), ‘Veteran’ (men aged 45 years and above), and the ‘Young Adults’ (boys/girls between the ages of 17 and 21 years). Fees for these categories are RM160 (RM140 for early bird by 6 May 2018). IJM Land Berhad, a member of the IJM Group, continues to sponsor 100 participants under the Young Adults’ Category for the fifth consecutive year.
Meanwhile, the Fun Ride has three categories, which are the 17km VIP (by invitation only), the 17km Teens (ages 13 to 16 years) and the 12km Children (ages 10 to 12 years). The categories for teens and children are fully sponsored by IJM, however, a RM20 refundable deposit per participant is required upon registration.
Registration is now open and will close on 13 June 2018 (or upon reaching the participant limit of 4,000, whichever comes first). Participants can register online here.
The event will feature a Cycling and Sports Carnival on 11 to 12 August 2018. The carnival promises many activities and great deals and promotions from exhibitor and sponsor booths. In addition, participants will be collecting their Race Pack Collection at the venue during the carnival. The participants will receive an event jersey/t-shirt, a goodie bag, a personalised bib number, a timing chip, a finisher medal, an e-certificate and refreshments.