CIMB Cycle 2019 features 3,700 cyclists from 26 countries
Just into its third year, participation is up by 250%
Putrajaya: CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“the Group” or “CIMB”) today held its third edition of CIMB Cycle 2019 at Dataran Putrajaya featuring 3,700 amateur riders and pro cyclist from 26 countries. Cyclists hailed from countries such as the UK (18), Singapore (11), Brunei (11), Thailand (9), Australia (8), Germany (6) and South Africa (3).
The event was graced by YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group and Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysia’s “Pocket Rocketman” who is also CIMB’s brand ambassador.
This year’s CIMB Cycle was specially curated to provide riders with a more challenging experience in both distance and terrain. The event was divided into two categories i.e., Endurance Ride (160km) and Challenge Ride (80km). The route, which began and ended at the Ministry of Finance building in Putrajaya, took riders past wildlife reserves and historical sites, including the iconic Mercu Tanda Putrajaya landmark. The route for the Endurance Ride was through Putrajaya, Sepang, Nilai, Rantau, Lenggeng, Seremban, Semenyih and Bangi while the Challenge riders went through a shorter but steeper route.
Tengku Zafrul commented, “We are delighted to see a significant increase of 250% in participation since CIMB Cycle was first staged. The great turnout of enthusiastic cyclists from 26 different countries reflects the quality of CIMB Cycle, now much anticipated by amateur and pro-cyclists alike, while firmly placing Malaysia on the regional sporting map. This is also an opportunity for us to engage with our customers, and their families, through a fun day out.”
Azizulhasni, who is working towards his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, added, “I am delighted to be part of the third edition of CIMB Cycle and to see the overwhelming response from cycling enthusiasts hailing from all over the world. Having witnessed the growth of CIMB Cycle over the past three years, it is clear that CIMB is committed to help grow the sport in Malaysia. I hope this event will inspire the younger generation to take up the sport which in turn, helps build a robust cycling talent pipeline in Malaysia.”
CIMB Cycle is also a great day out for families, with various attractions like push-bike activities for 2 – 7 year olds, F&B offerings including the much-loved Malaysians’ favourite Milo drink and delicious food truck cuisine, as well as exhibition booths by Shimano, Lucozade Sport and Vita Health.
(On stage): YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports (centre); Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group (left); and Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysia’s “Pocket Rocketman” and CIMB brand ambassador flagging off the riders at CIMB Cycle 2019.
YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports (on CIMB Octo Mascot’s left); Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group (on CIMB Octo Mascot’s right); Azizulhasni Awang, Malaysia’s “Pocket Rocketman” and CIMB brand ambassador (on YB Syed Saddiq’s left) with CIMB cyclists and staff before the flag off of CIMB Cycle 2019.