Arrived at Dataran Ipoh (Ipoh Square) at the break of dawn to catch the flag off for Century Ride Malaysia 2011. This annual cycling event is into its 5th edition and it starts at Dataran Ipoh. For the first time, paticipating cyclists get to ride through Ipoh city. Previously, the starting point (and finishing point) was at Bukit Kinding.
I was informed that this year’s event attracted more than 1200 cyclists, including international participants from Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and United States of America.
Another first for this year’s event is the distance. At 160km (100 miles), it is the longest Century Ride Malaysia ever organised. Although this is a non-competitive event and is not a race, but more a fellowship ride, some cyclists do take this seriously and came well-equipped, some even with Garmin cycling devices to time their ride.
One of the foreign participants saw his bicycle chain snap while on the way to Dataran Ipoh from his hotel and so, was not able to start his ride. It was unfortunate the organisers did not put bicycle repairers on standby to handle such breakdowns. By the time his bicycle was repaired, he was already way behind the slowest rider, though he still gamely rode along the route. What a pity!
The first riders were expected to reach the finishing line at slightly after 11am. I didn’t stick around to wait for them, since I had to leave for another event, unfortunately. So sorry I do not have the results for this Century Ride.
Event: Century Ride Malaysia 2011 (CRM 2011)
Venue: Dataran Ipoh
Date: 17th July, 2011
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