March 28, 2013
KUCHING: Over 200 participants are expected to take part in the CycleFest Sarawak 2013 which will be held from this Friday to Sunday at Padang Merdeka.
Assistant Minister of Youth Development, Abdul Karim Hamzah said the annual event, which was held for the second year, aimed to promote cycling and tourism in the state and had attracted cyclists from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.
“The second edition sees the introduction of multi-stage category racing for the first time to cater cyclists from different fitness levels. Participants have the opportunity to experience the tour-like racing in two stages.
The Stage 1 Team Trial (30 March) covers a 15-km fast course in Petra Jaya, starting from the New DUN building and ends at Padang Merdeka,” he disclosed during a press conference held at Baitulmakmur building here on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Stage 2 Century Road Race (31March) presents a challenging 165km route that starts and ends in Padang Merdeka. The participants will be cycling through three districts (Kuching, Samarahan and Serian), which features contrasts of bustling towns and rustic villages, beautiful lush green surroundings and some technical lumpy sections.
Thus, Karim urged members of the public, especially the road users to be considerate and cooperative during the weekends to ensure the event goes smoothly.
He added CycleFest Sarawak 2013 offers over RM16,000 cash prizes and trophies for all categories.
The event is jointly organised by Revel Sdn Bhd, Ministry of Social Development, Tourism Ministry, Sarawak Tourism Board, DBKU, Plaza Merdeka, Persatuan Berbasikal, Malaysia National Cycling Federation and Malaysian Royal Police (PDRM).
The registration fee is RM500 each team of four under Categories 1,2 and 3 whereas RM100 for each individual under Gran Fondo category.
Registration can be made online via www.CycleFestSarawak.com.
For more information, contact event organiser at 019-258 7817 or email to email@example.com.