Teams locked out of hotels, officials stranded in airports across Malaysia and event organisers nowhere to be seen – the inaugural Tour of Sarawak has ticked all of these boxes effortlessly while continuing to demonstrate, with astonishing capacity, how not to organise a bike race.
This week: Giant wishes you a Happy MY2017; Biketo.com’s car vs bike brand analogy; Bicycle Cafe retail concept finds flavour in Cambodia; Deadline looms for 2015 Jelajah Malaysia prize money payments; Taiwan’s bicycle exports to Italy booming.
Ciclista Sports was announced as the new organiser of Le Tour de Langkawi last month, becoming the fourth private operator to oversee the big-budget event in its 20-year history. Ciclista CEO Emir Abdul Jalal brings with him some new ideas but, as Cycling iQ discovers, some ambitions never change.
Jelajah Malaysia’s new organiser has implied the 2015 edition will be a sub-optimal affair due to time constraints and has confirmed discussions are taking place to rebrand Malaysia’s oldest bike race next year.
Malaysia’s newest UCI AsiaTour pro cycling race scheduled to take place on the island of Borneo, from 02-06 March.
An existing three-day domestic road cycling stage race in Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor is seeking to register with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to attract overseas participants, but will persistent problems within Malaysia’s National Cycling Federation (MNCF) hinder progress?
Loh Sea Keong created history for himself and his OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling team in Putrajaya today, becoming the first Malaysian winner of Jelajah Malaysia since the race joined the UCI AsiaTour in 2007. 2013 Azerbaijan National Road Race Champion, Samir Jabrayilov, took out the final stage.
Anthony Giacoppo made it two wins for Huon Salmon – Genesys Wealth Advisers in the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia, outsprinting Mohd Harrif Salleh to take today’s 206.3km stage from Johor Bharu to Melaka.
Terengganu Cycling Team again demonstrated why they are consistently amongst the favourites in a bunch sprint, with Mohd Harrif Salleh re-discovering his sprint legs to take today’s third Jelajah Malaysia stage in Pontian.
Australian Aaron Donnelly romped clear from a small group to win today’s 197.6km second stage, but third-placed Loh Sea Keong wore the brightest smile, taking over the yellow jersey – and a small treasure of others – from Synergy Baku’s Kirill Pozdnyakov.