KUALA LUMPUR: Calling all cycling enthusiasts, mark your calendar for the New Straits Times (NST) C-Cycle Challenge this May 21.
Organised in partnership with Eco World Development Group Berhad, with co-sponsors by Bank Rakyat and Volkswagen, the cycling event will be held at Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam.
The event offers two routes, 160km race track and 35km fun ride, which will be flagged off from Eco Grandeur and follow the route of Puncak Alam-Simpang Tiga Jeram-Kuala Selangor-Batu Arang-Bestari Jaya.
For the race category, there are Men's Open (18 to 35 years old), Women's Open (15 years old and above), Senior Men's Open (36 years and above) and Team Cycling Registration (open to all category) with participation fee of RM160.
For Fun Ride categories there are Corporate Seniors Open (by invitation) and Fun Ride Open (open to all participants) with participation fee of RM50.
Registration for the challenge can be made online at www.sports360.my until Apr 30.
The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid during the official launch of the event today said the cycling challenge is to promote a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians in particular among NST readers.
"It is our hope that NST C-Cycle Challenge will become another great cycling series, giving public and cycling enthusiasts another opportunity to demonstrate their cyling prowness or endurance.
"Cycling is clearly becoming more and more popular in Malaysia," he said at Balai Berita.
Present at the launch were Eco World Development Group Berhad president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah, NST executive editor (News) Muzli Mohamad Zin, Bank Rakyat Public Relations and Corporate Branding senior executive Norsham Sujak, Volkswagen Marketing and Public Relations senior manager Yani Fadzil and former national cyclist Datuk Ng Joo Ngan.
The inaugural challenge offers cash prizes of RM2,500, RM1,500 and RM1,000 for first, second and third place for Men's Open, Women's Open and Senior Men's Open categories.
Fourth place to tenth place will receive RM800, RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively.
For Team Open, it offers RM4,500 for the first prize and RM3,500 (second), RM3,000 (third), RM2,000 (fourth) and RM1,000 (fifth).