SHAH ALAM – 181 cyclists both amateurs and professionals went head-to-head on the 6th of July in the first race of Selangor Criterium Series (SCS) 2019. The races took place on a 2.2km track around Taman Tasik Shah Alam.
Eyes were certainly on the Men Elite category, as the first 3 finished neck-and-neck. Mohd Elmi Jumari and Muhd Arfy Qhairant both of team PDRM, along with Muhammad Hakimi Haiqal of team Sapura Cycling finished 16 laps at 45 minutes and 1 second each placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Men A category was led by three-time Olympian Josiah Ng Onn Lam of team BJCC finishing 10 laps at 29 minutes and 24 seconds, followed closely by Mohd Shafari Bin Abdul Malik also at 29 minutes and 24 seconds, while Fazlan Adhili Bin Mastafa Kamar of team Kencana-Plan A finished 3rd at 29 minutes and 25 seconds.
2018 Asian Cycling Championships gold medallist Jupha Somnet of team PDRM seized 1stplace in the Women A category, finishing 10 laps at 30 minutes and 3 seconds. At 30 minutes and 5 seconds, 2nd place went to Nur Aisyah Mohamad Zubir of Selangor Team, who raked 7 gold medals during SUKMA 2018. Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi also of team PDRM placed 3rd, finishing at 30 minutes and 6 seconds.
The 1st and 2nd place for the Fixed Gear category both finished at 25 minutes and 26 seconds, led by Muhammad Nur Aiman Bin Rosli of team Kencana-Plan A followed by Ahmad Al Bukhari of team Yellowbike Company. 3rd place went to Mohammad Aliza Gibran of team Mayhem Fixed at 26 minutes and 38 seconds. Aiman also finished 4th in the Men Elite category held the same day.
The current team standings are led by Bukit Jelutong Cycling Club (BJCC) at 3793 total points, Kencana-Plan A Racing Team at 3725 points, AFG by Prologue at 2870 points and Amaniz Cycling Team at 2865 points.
A special partnership was also formed on the day when RIMAU NGO joined forces in raising awareness on the critical crisis that is affecting the number of Malayan Tigers in Malaysia. The partnership saw the winners receiving customized jersey and medals. The Rimau Cubs Dash was held for the kids where they raced on push bikes in a mini criterium. An online e-charity was also run prior to the event where 100% of the proceeds went to RIMAU.
The Selangor Criterium Series is a product of Cycling Selangor, an initiative spawned and organized by Selangor Youth Community (SAY). Currently in its 2nd run, the SCS is bringing a breath of fresh air to the cycling scene in the country this year, using a “bikeability” grading system to sort out its contestants regardless of age. With 8 different categories, the men are divided into Men Elite and Men A to D, women into A and B, and an open Fixed Gear category.