Over 1,000 cycling enthusiasts took up the challenge and completed the Repsol Fellowship Ride, a closed-circuit cycling event, held here at Negeri Sembilan recently.
The circuit stretched 75km, beginning and ending at the Youth and Sports Complex, Paroi. This event was organised in conjunction with the Malaysia Day celebration with the objective of bringing together Malaysians from all ages from all walks of life in the spirit of unity.
“A country’s success is not only measured in terms of the economy, but also, the well-being of its people. It is encouraging to see the private sector voluntarily organise initiatives to celebrate unity during the Malaysia Day week.”Negeri Sembilan State Assembly Speaker YB Dato’ Zulkefly Mohamad bin Omar
Flagging off the Fellowship Ride was Negeri Sembilan State Assembly Speaker YB Dato’ Zulkefly Mohamad bin Omar who was accompanied by the Youth and Sports Development Action Committee Chairman YB Tuan Haji Mohamad Taufek bin Abdul Ghani.
“Being a company that prioritises safety, we are committed to advocating and raising awareness on this matter for all road users, emphasizing on the most vulnerable – cyclists.”Repsol Malaysia Business Unit Director Jorge Milathianakis
After flagged off, participants pedalled their way to Rantau, passing through Senawang town and Sungai Gadut, before making their way through the hillside road route through Rantau-Siliau, where they were treated to a scenic view of the forest’s greens.
Clocking a solid 2 hours 45 minutes, cyclist Azhar Nizam who completed the 75-km route with his training partner, Farah Muhamad, said that the ride was a satisfying one, albeit the mild haze.
“Cycling on the Malaysia Day weekend makes it even more special because we have everyone of different races cycling together as a group.”Dr. Norhasmat ‘Kep’ Abdul Aziz, bronze-medalist from the 2019 Asian Cycling Championship.
Visitors also had the opportunity to experience MotoGP racing virtually through a simulator at the Repsol Malaysia booth, while the children enjoyed themselves in the batik-painting competition, eating free ice cream and cotton candy.
As an energy company, Repsol Malaysia is honoured to contribute to the government’s vision in energizing and uniting a sporting nation. Akin to the spirit of fellowship rides whereby cyclists of all ages, shapes, and size move together in a united formation, not leaving anyone behind, Repsol Malaysia aspires to celebrate Malaysians unity in diversity as the nation propels in one direction – forward.