It was not a gathering of scouts but instead a gathering of mountain bikers who were there to do justice to their two-wheelers. Almost a thousand mountain-bike enthusiasts, from all over the country, made a beeline to Arena Square, Batu Gajah on Sunday, March 25 to participate in a 40-km off-and-on-road race to determine the fastest of them all.
The Batu Gajah MTB Jamboree 2012 was flagged off by Dato’Hamidah Osman, Executive Councillor for Tourism. The hardiest, man and machine, will come out on top.
Hafiz Rosli, 26, from Team Giant of Trengganu took top spot finishing the gruelling race in 1 hour and 35 minutes. Second placed Mohd Hafiszal Mahbob, 25, from Team Deter Cyclist of Klang crossed the finish line in 1 hour 50 minutes. Ipoh’s Zaid Hary Shah, 25, was placed third with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes.
Hamidah was pleased with the turn out. “It’s a good indicator that mountain bike racing is fast catching up with our youths,” she said in her opening speech. The race was organised by the Batu Gajah Town Council and inadvertently was incorporated into the Visit Perak 2012 programme.