On Sunday, 11th December 2016, the UNMC Cycling Club members took part in IJN’s 115km cycling event: Ride 4 Your Heart. This year, UNMC was proudly chosen as the annual cycling event’s venue sponsor.
The objective of the event is to bring awareness to the importance of the most precious organ in our body – “The Heart”. As IJN puts it, “the heart is a giver of life – a healthy heart leads to a happy and fulfilling life. That is why it is imperative that we keep it strong with regular exercises and cardio activities – the most impactful is cycling.”
The 4 riders that participated from the Cycling Club are Malik Hisyam Zaihan, Keanu Nurherbyanto, Danial Azmi & Devraj Sathivelu (who’s also an alumni, graduated last year but joined to train with members on weekends and is a founding member of Cycling Club).
The flagoff was at 7am from the Trent building in an extremely large group of over 1000 cyclists.
According to experienced cyclists, this happens to be one of the tougher cycling routes out there due to the treacherous hills on the main track.
Malik (President of Cycling Club) gives an overview of the cycling adventure below:
Flagging off and cycling out of Jalan Broga felt great because the traffic police completely closed off the roads for us and it felt magical to be cycling amongst a huge group of cyclists.
The first challenge came at Peres which is after the Semenyih Dam (it’s the first long incline in the map), a long climb which takes approximately 45 minutes to clear.
The rest of the ride was all about not giving up and to keep going, so it was largely a mental game. The final stretch of about 30km was among the toughest parts since there were hills, hills and more hills to clear until you finally got to arrive back at Broga and then back to UNMC.
The first rider to arrive back was Keanu, at approximately 12.15pm (5 hours 15min), followed by Danial and finally Devraj at 2.10pm (7 hours 10min). Unfortunately, I did not manage to finish as I did not meet the final cut-off time at the 80th km (needed to be there within 4hr 30min) and I arrived past that. My right leg was also hurting and I didn’t want to aggravate it to an injury, so I was picked up among other riders that did not arrive on time.
We all received medals for our participation. Everyone was obviously happy to have completed the ride, especially Devraj, as it was his first time pushing beyond 100km. As for myself, it was also my first time pushing beyond 100km but I was still glad to have been able to make 80km out of the full 115km.
Overall, I think it was a good experience and a good ride for Cycling Club’s first participation in an external event. We started training for this about 2 months prior by cycling parts of the route, but unfortunately we never managed to actually complete the whole circuit before this event, so this was our first time cycling the entire route. As the Cycling Club president, I also thought it was super-duper cool to see so many bicycles on campus that day!
The ‘Bike Valet’ area.
Something cool that they did was that the fountain area close to the Trent building was turned into a bike valet, basically a bicycle parking area where people can bring their bikes and people will park it and look after it at the bicycle racks that they set up there while cyclists enjoyed the post-ride refreshments.
Finally, congratulations to Malik, Keanu, Danial & Devraj for attempting and completing this amazing feat! Regardless of the results, they have been bold enough to take part and endure the challenging routes!
Lim Hong Cheong
SA Marketing & Communications
Pictures from: Malik Hisyam Zaihan (Cycling Club President)