CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (CIMB) held its third edition of CIMB Cycle 2019 at Dataran Putrajaya featuring 3,700 amateur riders and pro cyclist from 26 countries. Cyclists hailed from countries including UK, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Australia, Germany and South Africa.
The event was graced by YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group and Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysia’s “Pocket Rocketman” who is also CIMB’s brand ambassador.
This year’s CIMB Cycle was specially curated to provide riders with a more challenging experience in both distance and terrain. The event was divided into two categories i.e., Endurance Ride (160km) and Challenge Ride (80km).
The route, which began and ended at the Ministry of Finance building in Putrajaya, took riders past wildlife reserves and historical sites, including the iconic Mercu Tanda Putrajaya landmark. The route for the Endurance Ride was through Putrajaya, Sepang, Nilai, Rantau, Lenggeng, Seremban, Semenyih and Bangi while the Challenge riders went through a shorter but steeper route.
Azizulhasni, who is working towards his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, added, “I am delighted to be part of the third edition of CIMB Cycle and to see the overwhelming response from cycling enthusiasts hailing from all over the world. Having witnessed the growth of CIMB Cycle over the past three years, it is clear that CIMB is committed to help grow the sport in Malaysia.”
“I hope this event will inspire the younger generation to take up the sport which in turn, helps build a robust cycling talent pipeline in Malaysia.”Azizulhasni Awang, former World Champion in Keirin, Track Cycling and Olympian.
Team Sapura Cycling won the 80km Challenge Ride in the team category, hot on the heels from their recent win in the Le Tour de Langkawi.
Other winners in the 80km Challenge ride were Josiah Ng in the Men’s Open, Ng Hui Shia in the Women’s Open, Supian Nor in the Men’s Senior Master and Muhammad Khuzairi in the MTB Open.
Meanwhile, the 160km Endurance Ride was won by Jesse Ewart in the Men’s Elite category, Muaz Abd Rahim in the Men’s Open, Yeong Zhen Yi in the Women’s Open, Ahmad Fallanie Ali in the Men’s Junior Master and Tsen Seong Hoong in the Men’s Senior Master.
Tengku Zafrul commented, “We are delighted to see a significant increase of 250% in participation since CIMB Cycle was first staged. The great turnout of enthusiastic cyclists from 26 different countries reflects the quality of CIMB Cycle, now much anticipated by amateur and pro-cyclists alike, while firmly placing Malaysia on the regional sporting map. This is also an opportunity for us to engage with our customers, and their families, through a fun day out.”
CIMB Cycle is also a great day out for families, with various attractions like push-bike activities for 2 – 7 year olds, F&B offerings including the much-loved Malaysians’ favourite Milo drink and delicious food truck cuisine, as well as exhibition booths by Shimano, Lucozade Sport and Vita Health.