The sixth 160-km Century Ride Malaysia event is back and it is bigger than ever before. The event which will be held on July 15 has already registered 1,600 participants as of May.
The Chairman of Kinta Road Runners Club Ipoh, Chong Him Shoong, the organiser of the event said he was overwhelmed by the positive response describing it as ‘phenomenal’ and indicated that the club would stop accepting participants at 1,700 participants.
Chong made the announcement at the launch of the event which was attended by State Exco for Culture, Youth and Sport Dato’ Zainol Fadzi bin Haji Paharudin together with the directors of the various government departments such as the Fire, Police and JPJ.
Also present were the directors of Tourism Malaysia and Perak Tourism and a host of sponsors for the event.
During the launch, Dato’ Zainal praised the organisers for organising the Century Ride annually saying that since he first flagged off the event two years ago, “the participants have been increasing from 900 to 1200 till 1600 this year”.
Zainol later presented a cheque of RM30,000 to the organisers on behalf of the state government.
Century Ride is not a race but rather a ride where one goes through a process of discovering one’s hidden strength and potential. It attracts two primary types of cyclists, the seasoned athlete who trains hard to master this marathon event and the cyclist whose aim is simply to complete the distance.
Organising chairman Alvin Chooi explained that they had to cap the number of participants at 1700 for reasons of safety and efficient organisation adding that traffic and course control would be a challenge this year.
This year’s routing will be flagged off at 7am from Kinta Riverfront Hotel and will traverse through Silibin – Ipoh/Lumut Highway to Parit – Karai – Lintang – Lasah – Ulu Kuang – Chemor and Kuala Kangsar Road and back to the hotel.
When asked for the opinions from tourism officials both Norshamsida Abdul Rahman, the State Director from Tourism Malaysia and Abdul Fathil Ghani, the CEO of Perak Tourism, gave the event the thumbs up saying the event is a positive development especially as this is Visit Perak Year.