The recent Century Ride 2012 event has got to be the best event that happened in Ipoh this year. One thousand eight hundred and eight (1,808) riders participated in the event which earned the organiser Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI) the award in the Malaysia Book of Records for the “Most Number of Bicycles Used In A Road Event”.
The 160-km cycling event flagged off from the Kinta Riverfront Hotel and proceeded through scenic countryside routes such as Senggang, Lasah and Kuala Kuang before returning to Ipoh. Even Dato’ Hamidah Osman, the State Exco for Tourism, had praise for KRI saying “this is a good event.
It has managed to attract a lot of foreigners.” Noting that Ipoh was jammed that weekend she added that, “the presence of the participants was significant. Other than eco-tourism this type of sporting event should be encouraged as it brings activity to the city.”
According to KRI Organising Chairman, Chong Him Shoong, of the 1,800 participants, only 20% were local with the rest from outstation while overseas participants were registered from 20 different countries.
A letter from Louis Ong, the COO of Kinta Riverfront Hotel, to Chong stated that his hotel was “Fully Booked” (a statement rarely used by Ipoh Hoteliers) for the weekend. Chong also stated that other hotels nearby were similarly full and said that some had stayed at homestays.
“Almost one third of the participants were from Singapore, who stayed for more than two nights and enjoyed the local food although they had one complaint: there were not enough foot reflexology outlets after the event,” he laughed jokingly.
This is the 6th Century Ride event. It covers 160km and is an amateur event open to public and tourists. This year’s men’s open winner Gabriel Tan (Singapore) won the event in 4:03:13 while Christina Liew (Australia) won in the women’s open in 4:20:08. This year’s event had 550 service support volunteers, example, Bomba, Police and the like. The most common remarks by the participants was “great ride, great scenery”.