The Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) clinched the first spot in the New Straits Times (NST) C-Cycle Challenge 2018 Team Cycling open category recently.
The homegrown regional cycling team is better known as TSG, regularly participates in cycling competitions around the world. The race covered a distance of 160km starting from Eco Sanctuary, Kota Kemuning in Selangor.
Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi, who was one of the seven cyclists in the Terengganu Cycling Team, said, “Today everything went smoothly, the choice of the location was good. The course was also good and more importantly, it is being held on a weekend, so it does not cause much disruption of traffic.”
The champion for the Senior Men’s open category, Tsen Seong Hoong, 49, a former national cyclist, said he left cycling for more than 10 years and only started again two years ago.
“I retired in 2003. Before that I was in the Malaysian squad for 15 years. I only came back two years ago because my 15-year-old son is also into the sport. He needed someone to guide him so that is how I started to get on my bike again professionally,” said the 1995 SEA Games gold medal winner.
Jupha Somnet, 25, who won the women’s open category, the race was another training ground for her since she is a national cyclist. The Asian Track Championships gold medalist said although she felt a little pressured, she was glad to be able to top the race just within three hours for the 160km Century Ride.
“I was quite worried as I could not really train for the race since I just finished competing in the Asian Games three weeks ago. But I’m happy I was able to push through,” she said.