Nov 6, 2016

KL POLICE CHIEF UNVEILS OCBC CYCLE KL 2016 ROUTE FEATURING 14KM OF CLOSED ROADS IN THE CITY

Datuk Naim Mohamad addresses the guests and media

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh announces the road closures

Presenting the OCBC Cycle KL 2016 Route

Sponsors were also presented to the media

KL POLICE CHIEF UNVEILS OCBC CYCLE KL 2016 ROUTE FEATURING 14KM OF CLOSED ROADS IN THE CITY
Kuala Lumpur, 7 November 2016 – The Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh today unveiled the route for the upcoming OCBC Cycle KL 2016, spanning 14 kilometres across some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Participants will cycle three times round the circuit in their quest to complete the 42km ride.
At the same event, Datuk Amar Singh welcomed OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad’s role as title sponsor of OCBC Cycle KL 2016. The other sponsors unveiled were Great Eastern Life Assurance, Warisan Outdoor, Cycling Malaysia, 100 Plus, F&N Magnolia, KPJ Healthcare, Malindo Air, Inno Advance Car Racer, Garmin Malaysia, Ciclista, N8 Sports Nutrition, Sunplay, Phiten, After Shokz, Trek Finder Tours, Tire Care.
Organised by Multigreen Events, OCBC Cycle KL 2016, takes place on 13 November 2016 at Dataran Merdeka starting at 6.30am. The event is supported by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Malaysian National Cycling Federation.
Speaking at the OCBC Cycle KL 2016 route unveiling press conference today, Datuk Amar Singh gave the thumbs up to the upcoming mass participation cycling event on closed public roads saying all preparations were well underway to make it a safe, smooth and successful event.
“The event has already seen more than 2,000 signing up, with several overseas participants as well. This is much higher than last year and augurs well for both sports and tourism in Kuala Lumpur. On our part, we will ensure the necessary closures are in place and that traffic remains smooth and safe for everyone,” he said.
Sharing the details of the route, Datuk Naim Mohamad, Chairman of the OCBC Cycle KL 2016 Implementation Committee said OCBC Cycle KL 2016 flags off at Dataran Merdeka and takes riders through familiar roads such as Jalan Raja, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Jalan Tun Ismail, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
“The most distinct changes from last year is the introduction of an additional 7 kilometre stretch through Open University adn IU Wales Malaya University. We are sure the participants will enjoy the scenic views provided by this addition.
“We are grateful for the support from Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) who have been working closely with us to ensure smooth traffic movements and public safety on event day. This includes efficient planning to communicate the traffic movements to the public,” he said.
OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad Head of Customer Experience En Dzulkifly Aminuddin, who was present at the event, said the Bank is excited about the new route, which promises to be more challenging and enjoyable. 
“We are set for an enthralling experience this year, with fewer loops over the same distance. The cycling community can look forward to a memorable morning soaking in more of the city’s beauty and iconic sites compared to last year. And they will be joined by about 300 of OCBC Bank’s own staff from both Malaysia and Singapore,” he said.
*photos by Billy Liau, Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Oct 5, 2016

JELAJAH MALAYSIA IS BACK


YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia addresses the guests and media.

YB Khairy officiates the launch of Jelajah Malaysia 2016.
KUALA LUMPUR, Thursday, 15th September 2016 : The Jelajah Malaysia returns with it's 2016 edition set to feature 20 teams from throughout the Asia Pacific region in a five-stage race scheduled from October 18 to 22 covering six states on Peninsula Malaysia.

Leading the charge this time will be Malaysia's top team Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG), who are currently fifth in the UCI Asia Tour overall teams rankings and will be taking on some of the best teams in the continental series in the form of star-studded United Arab Emirates outfit Skydive Dubai, Iran's Pishgaman team, South Korea's KSPO and Indonesia's Pegasus Cycling Team.

In all, eight of the 21 teams that make up the start list of this edition of Asia's oldest cycling tour, with Malaysia also represented by the NSC-Mycron team, the Malaysian national team, Armed Forces, PDRM, KLCA, Terengganu and Kedah.

Making their Jelajah Malaysia debuts will be Laos-registered UCI Continental team Black Inc Cycling Team, Australia's Data #3 Cisco and Indonesia's KFC Cycling Team, with the Indonesian national team making their return alongside the Hong Kong national team, Japan's Kinan Cycling Team, 7 Eleven Sava RVP of the Philippines and Tabriz Shadari of Iran.

Launched by Youth and Sports Minister Yang Berhormat Encik Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar today, the race will bring the peloton from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur through Selangor, Kelantan, Perak, Terengganu and Pahang, visiting 10 different start and finish venues along the way.

Organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), with endorsement of the Youth and Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council (NSC), this edition of the Jelajah Malaysia is again managed by Peloton Resources with Gerakan Belia Gagasan 1Malaysia (GBG1M) as event partner.

The Jelajah Malaysia 2016 is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.2 status event on the UCI Asia Tour calendar and aims to be a platform for the overall development of cycling in the region.

Jelajah Malaysia is Asia's first international cycling stage race, initiated by the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) upon its establishment by founder Mr Gurchan Singh Gill in 1963 as a platform for the training and preparation of Asian cyclists competing in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

JELAJAH MALAYSIA 2016 ROUTE

STAGE 1, 18 Oct 2016 :        Kuala Lumpur – Ipoh (206.6km)
STAGE 2, 19 Oct 2016 :        Infoternak Sungai Siput – Brinchang (108.7km)
STAGE 3, 20 Oct 2016 :        Gua Musang – Pasir Puteh (163km)
STAGE 4, 21 Oct 2016 :        Machang – Gong Badak (124.8km)
STAGE 5, 22 Oct 2016 :        Kemaman – Kuala Terengganu (147.1km)

TOTAL DISTANCE : 750.2km

The jerseys in contention being presented.
YB Khairy Jamaluddin answers questions from the media.

Feb 12, 2016

TINKOFF’S ERIK BASKA IS A NEW FAST MAN TO WATCH

Watch out for Erik Baska

Tinkoff at the 2015 team presentation

SHAH ALAM, 12 February 2016 - World Tour outfit Tinkoff will catch a lot of attention when they’ll go on stage in Alor Setar for the teams presentation on the eve of stage 1 of the 21st Le Tour de Langkawi set to kick off from Kangar (Perlis) on February 24 and come to a conclusion in historical Malacca on March 2nd.

Russian veterans Pavel Brutt, 34, and Evgeny Petrov, 37, will be the guides for Slovakian young sprinters Erik Baska and Michael Kolar as well as Danish GC contender Jesper Hansen who finished sixth at Le Tour de Langkawi last year before he claimed the Tour of Norway overall.

Baska is a new name in professional cycling. He joined the Russian squad after he won the u23 European championship last year. He collected his first encouraging result as a pro last week as he finished ninth in the last stage of the Dubai Tour in a bunch sprint won by Marcel Kittel ahead of Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish, all world class fast finishers.

“It’s been great to be able to sprint with those guys”, Baska explained. “The Dubai Tour was my first pro race after I already learned a lot from the experienced riders of the Tinkoff team at a training camp in the Canary Islands. It was also a perfect preparation for me ahead of Le Tour de Langkawi, which is a race I’m really looking forward to.”

The 22 year old got to know a lot of details about the Malaysian event from his compatriot Kolar who made seven top 10 in 2014 and finished third in the conclusive stage of LTdL in Kuala Lumpur last year. “I know it’s a great event for sprinters and I’m also a sprinter, that’s how I won the European championship from a group of approximately fifty riders last year”, Baska said.

At the continental meet in Tartu, Estonia, he was advised by Adam Szabo who is now the coach for Malaysian continental team Terengganu (TSG). Baska, Kolar and Szabo come from the entourage of current world champion and cycling super star Peter Sagan.

“I can’t say if I’m the new Sagan or not but I’m determined to learn my job by supporting him when I’ll get a chance to race with him”, added Baska who hails from 50km away from Sagan’s native town Zilina. The Tinkoff team will be directed at LTdL by another Slovakian, Jan Valach, who recently joined the Russian organization.

“It’s fantastic for us to welcome Tinkoff once again”, commented the CEO of Le Tour de Langkawi Emir Abdul Jalal. “We were the first HC race to give them a start in 2007 and Brutt took their first ever victory in Seremban. They’ve grown a lot since but they haven’t forgotten what Malaysia did for them when they were looking for invitations. I’m grateful to team manager Stefano Feltrin for that. I also believe Tinkoff can be very successful at our event this year.”

THE TINKOFF TEAM FOR THE 2016 LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI:

Pavel Brutt (Rus), Michael Gogl (Aut), Jesper Hansen (Den), Michael Kolar (Svk), Erik Baska (Svk), Evgeny Petrov (Rus).


Organised by Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, the 21st edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 24 February to 2 March, 2016 is set to cover more than 1,100km over 8 stages, the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.