Event to introduce cyclists lives up to tour's 'storm the weather' theme
Last Update: 14/10/2019
KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 14 -- The event to present the teams participating in the inaugural Tour of Peninsular (ToP) cycling race at the Duyong Marina & Resort here tonight encountered slight disruptions due to bad weather.
The event, with the state's latest attraction - the Terengganu Draw Bridge in the background, was attended by Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong and Malaysian Cycling Federation president Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab.
Due to heavy rain, the cyclists had to carry umbrellas when being introduced, instead of the usual way of carrying their bicycles on stage.
The race which has successfully attained the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Asian Tour 2.1 status and themed 'Storm the Weather’ is expected to see intense competition from among 120 cyclists representing 18 continental teams and two national teams - Malaysia and Azerbaijan. It begins tomorrow and ends on Saturday.
All eyes will be on the two Malaysian giants - Terengganu Inc (TSG) and Team Sapura Cycling (TSC) in a fight for the UCI Asian Tour ranked points and a bid for the yellow jersey (the overall leader of the race) and the overall best team.
The 180.6km first stage of the race tomorrow begins at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Dungun through three sprint zones before ending at Dataran Shahbandar here, followed by the second stage from Kuala Terengganu to Chukai (157.4km) and Stage Three from Kuantan ke Karak (172.7km).
A mountainous challenge awaits the cyclists Stage Four or the ‘Queen’s Stage’ from Sungai Koyan to Cameron Highlands, distance of 89.5km that ends at Tanah Rata after the hors class, before ToP draws its curtains with the final stage from Kuala Lipis to Setiawangsa involving a distance of 151.4km.