KENCANA-SIC BIKEATHON BIGGER THIS YEAR

Published on January 26th, 2010

The first ever Kencana-SIC Bikeathon was a real success with more than 300 bikers came on Sunday 24rd January 2010 to take part in the event, some from as far as Terengganu and Johor.

Initiated by Sepang International Circuit’s (SIC) very own chairman, Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir two years ago with the SIC – Kencana Criterium event, this year the event evolved into a total bike event for both road racing and mountain bike alike.

The day started with the Criterium race in the morning where riders face off with each other with a point race where the rider with the most point accumulated over a set of laps (the higher the rider in the line-up as they pass the start/finish line the higher the point awarded) is declared winner.

Usually such race is done indoors in a velodrome where the conditions are controlled, but the Kencana-SIC Bikeathon brings the action outside with where the riders have to deal with wind and other variables such as hills and extreme temperatures on the 5.543km long Formula 1 circuit.

Riders were broken into three categories, Junior for ages 18 and below (5laps), Veteran for ages 45 and above (5 laps) and Open class (10 laps) where most of the big boys play.

To make things more interesting the race was set against the normal flow of the circuit, counter clockwise instead of clockwise so riders will have to endure a long hill climb on every lap.

Although the morning started with nice cool breeze blowing to hold back the rising temperatures, the riders soon find out that the wind was going against them in the race as the Open class winner explains.

“It was a tough race, 70 percent of the time we had the wind blowing against us uphill or downhill, even the more experienced riders from the LeTua team said it was tough,” said Adig Hussaini Othman who is one of the country’s top bicycle riders.

Hussaini says that he came from training in Ipoh, “it was a last minute thing, I asked the coach if I could be excused from the preparation for the upcoming Langkawi race and with the support of my parents they drove me here.

I’m glad I came because this race really is a nice race to join as although the circuit features a smooth surface to race on like a velodrome race, but the turns, changes in elevation and the weather brings a twist to the circuit race that I’m usually used to.”

Title defender of the Veteran class, 48-year-old Tony Harvey who have been residing in Malaysia for the last 15 years says it was a wonderful race for him, the same as the last Kencana-SIC Criterium race in Sepang two years ago.

riders-in-the-criterium-race

“The circuit is fantastic for bike racing thanks to the super smooth road and there are not dangers to riders unlike road racing where you have cars and such,” said Tony who enters five or six bike races a year.

He added that although the circuit is nice, but the competition was tough, “there were a lot of strong riders in the race with me but I will surely come again next year to defend my title again.”

After a short lunch break the other side of the Bikeathon started with a mountain bike race on a circuit built on a 3km long offroad section set in between oil palm trees near the main entrance of SIC.

Again riders were broken into three classes but this time the Junior class have to complete 9 laps of the tough course, 5 for the Veteran class and 12 for the Open class.

And a tough course it is as more than 10 participants in the Open class drop off from the race leaving the really tough riders to soldier through and at the end of the race Shahrin Amir took first place in the race.

“I’m really happy with the win, it was a really tough race though with the heat pounding on us, I had almost given up but on the last few laps the thought of the two LeTua riders closing in on me made me push harder till I got to the chequered flag,” explained Shahrin excitedly after the prize giving ceremony.

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He added that the trail had everything from hills and small jumps just that maybe next time I would love to see a bit more technical things included in the trail to make it even more exciting.

Tony Harvey again conquered the Veteran class with winning the mountain race this time, that’s two races in one day.

“Again a nice race to compete but I could do with cooler conditions,” said Tony. He added that although it been a while since he entered a mountain bike race but it was a nice track as there were no really tough climbs for the rider to have the need to push the bike uphill like in some other races.

SIC CEO, Razlan Razali said that as the sport of biking grows in this country, SIC would like to be part of that growth.

“Although the sport does not involve the usual high octane sport that SIC organizes but it’s a way for SIC to diversify and be able to cater to a broader type of events such as weddings and parties,” said Razlan after giving prizes to the special kids race at the end of the day.

Ten-year-old Mohd Irdihirzi Samsuddin won the below 12 race as he sprints 800meters down the Sepang straits. According to Irdihirzi, who hails from Batu Pahat, Johor, he and his younger brother (Kamaruzzaman) followed their uncle who joined the race earlier.

Razlan says that the event will likely to be a yearly event, “it will be bigger next year as with all of our events and we also want to make it international by doing promotions for riders from overseas to join in, most probably by starting the campaign earlier.”

For further details on the event, interested competitors can log on to SIC official website to download the entry form and register. http://www.malaysiangp.com.my

Results:

Criterium

Junior class

Sofian Nabil Omar

Muhammad Hazmir

Mohd Hazwan

Veteran class

Tony Harvey

Chong Pik Choo

Hj Mohammad Yusuff

Open class

Adig Hussaini Othman

Ng Yong Li

Mohd Saufi

Mountain bike

Junior class

Amirul Fakharuddin Marzuki

Mohd Hazwan Azamin

Norhazim Safuan

Veteran class

Tony Harvey

Garry Chong

Farizul Zulkifli

Open class

Shahrin Amir

Nor Shahrin Haizad

Mohammad Haris

text & pix: SIC

Comments

  1. Posted by Jack Poh on August 3rd, 2010, 23:36

    Hi, Im Jack.
    Is this event open to anyone can take part ?

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on August 4th, 2010, 13:50

    hey jack, yes the event is open for public. do check the schedule for next year as it’s an annual event.

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