Team Sapura Cycling’s Zawawi bin Azman won the fourth edition of DRCC King of Mountain (KOM) race from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands amidst 1115 other cyclists.
“It’s my second time racing at KOM. My team of eight worked hard to bring me to the front and we succeeded today,” said Men Open’s winner Zawawi.
The 24 year old has been riding with Team Sapura Cycling since its inception in 2017, was raised in the state of Perak. While he usually hones his craft on the roads in Asia and Europe, it was fun for him to return to his home state and race to the peaks of Cameron Highlands.
“Right from the start, we worked to make the lead group smaller, and I launched some early attacks too. Nearing the end, I attacked again to drop more rivals.”
Zawawi has had a successful 2018 with a stage win at Tour de Lombok, Indonesia following his win at Tour de Selangor in 2017. He will commence his 2019 calendar at Australia’s Herald Sun Tour in January.
Ex-National cyclist Tsen Seong Hoong defended his title in the Men Senior’s category at DRCC KOM 2018. Tsen decided to make a comeback to racing to keep himself and motivated, after having raced in Tour de Langkawi and Herald Sun Tour in his heydays.
“I was looking forward to be wearing the same jersey on the podium, and was very happy with my performance today,” said Tsen.
“The number of participants have also increased three fold over the years and it’s a very well organized race.” continued Tsen.
The 49 year old was racing with his 15 year old son, Ren Bao in tow who also finished 15th overall and 10th in his category, Men Junior.
Powered by his Italian Epoca RS99 custom carbon frame running on Campagnolo groupset, Tsen can usually be seen riding in the hills of Ulu Yam among numerous cycling routes in Selangor. Sometimes, he rides with the Selangor team Juniors helmed by Dato Ng Joo Ngan, who is very much still actively growing young talent in our Malaysian grassroots.
The Darul Ridzuan Cycling Club (DRCC) in Perak has been organizing this race for the fourth year running since 2015. Having good reputation as a well organised race, the number of participants have soared every year, reaching 1115 this 2018.
This year, the Fat Bike category was introduced and sponsored by Maxtron with plaques and cash prizes for winners of the Men Open category. A total of 18 participants registered for this category.
“This year, we were mostly well prepared. However, our Broom Support vehicle of one lorry and bus was not sufficient, as many did not want to ride downhill.” said Zulhikmi Zali from the organising committee.
“In the future editions, perhaps we will add more categories or special categories for women or elites, depending on the registration. We also hope to increase participation next year and continue to garner good reception from the cycling community.” he continued.