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Century Ride 2012


Malaysia Book of RecordsThe 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”.

(l) 1808 riders.(r) extreme right Chong (KRI Chairman) with Zambry displaying the Award from Malaysia Book of Records

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.

“a good event”, attracts amateurs, foreigners and tourists “, covers scenic countryside.

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.

..”event brings activity to the city”

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.

(left) Gabriel Tan men’s open champion (r) cooling off.

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”.


Century Ride 2012 – Bigger than before


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.

Zainol in brown jacket presenting the cheque to Chong (in blue shirt)

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.

The Sponsor for this years's Century Ride

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.

Tourism Officials Norshamsida and Fathil give CRM the thumbs-up

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.