Trans Malaysia Express going full steam

When we first reported the Trans Malaysia Express (TME) charity bike ride back in March, the venture was still in its planning stages but with just a week to go before the famous 15 set off from the Thai-Malaysian border, the project has grown into an epic undertaking.

Riders are gearing up for the Trans Malaysia Express

TME brainchild Richard Thevenon first dreamt up the idea of a small group of friends riding the length of peninsular Malaysia from Thailand to Singapore from June 1-2; he simply saw it as a good way to combine a cycling adventure with an effort to raise money for a worthwhile charity.

Malaysia’s national tourism board have embraced the concept of a group of cyclists riding 800km in under 48 hours as a way to showcase Malaysia as a great cycling destination. And they are pulling out the stops to make sure the inaugural Trans Malaysia Express goes off without an organizational hitch.

The chosen charity, A New Vision (, which restores sight to blind people in the developing world, is also set to benefit in a spectacular way. The men of the TME set a loft goal of US$75,000, but at the time of press, over US$40,000 had already been raised with the prospect of beating the target now a distinct possibility.

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