Today’s start point was a 68km transfer from the team’s hotel and riders were expected to assemble there by 9am; that’s roughly when breakfast commences at European stage races. Welcome to pro cycling in Asia.
With only one major climb featured over the ten days of racing in Malaysia, today’s individual time trial was all about positioning; both chronologically and psychologically. A well-conditioned rouleur could potentially snare a time gap that would secure the leader’s jersey for good.
It’s the day prior to Stage One of the Tour de Langkawi and the media is captivated by the teams presentation – literally, we’re captivated. We’ve been driven half an hour from our hotel, dropped at the roadside and will remain here until the sponsors get their worth of coverage. Fortunately, I couldn’t be happier.
Having recently concluded hosting of the 2012 Asian Cycling Championships, Malaysia is poised to deliver its 17th Tour de Langkawi. The 2012 edition of this 2.HC Asia Tour stage race brings back the Individual Time Trial for the first time since 2006 and features the “people’s favourite” Genting Highlands climb.