🚵💨RHB Shimano Highway Ride 2017 – Press Conference & Preview
➡At A Glance ➡Preview By Gus Rider ➡Official Press Release ➡GoSportz Speech ➡LEKAS Speech ➡Shimano Speech and➡ Press Conference 📷Photos & 📹Videos.
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Cycling Event | RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2017
Date | 15 April 2017
Venue | Kajang Selangor Toll Plaza, LEKAS HIGHWAY
Distance | 105km/ 78km/ 12km & 7km
Wave Flag-Off | 7:30pm onwards
Total Cyclists | 4,000 approx.
Title Sponsors | RHB Banking Group, Shimano
Event Organiser | GoSportz S/B
✔Preview By Gus Rider
Greetings Cyclists! After much anticipation, I can share with some exclusive and comprehensive report on the upcoming 4th Edition of this hugely popular Night Highway Ride.
If you have read my Race Review of last year’s amazing ride in The Star newspaper dated 21 May 2016, you would notice that I was very impressed by the quality of this event and the uniqueness of riding on a fully closed highway in the night. So, I was delighted to be invited to their Media Launch recently in order to find-out exactly what more could we expect this year.
TOP QUALITY RIDE
Since there is so much detailed information provided during the Media Launch, I have first summarised the key points for you :-
✔Event Organiser & Partners agreed to keep it a night ride which adds to its unique appeal.
✔ Excellent CSR platform to promote a healthy lifestyle and to nurture junior cyclists.
🔦🚧Fully Lit Highway & Total Road Closure
☑Two-Day Public Cycling Carnival (NEW)
☑Cycling Jersey will be made of quality material from Italy (NEW).
☑Elite Category added (NEW)
💦Better Managed Water Stations (IMPROVE)
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✔Official Press Release
RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2017 Set To Attract 4,000 Cyclists ‘A premier cycling event’ Kuala Lumpur, 17 February 2017 – The RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2017 is set to receive a bigger turnout of more than 4,000 local and foreign cyclists. The 4th edition of the race has been scheduled for 15 April 2017. The event will showcase many exciting programmes and activities lined-up for participants and the public in a carnival-like atmosphere. The annual cycling event is held in collaboration with the RHB Banking Group, Shimano and Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban Sdn Bhd (LEKAS Highway), a member of IJM Corporation Berhad’s Toll Division. The race is a premier cycling event in Malaysia with a unique experience in night cycling on a closed highway. The route starts and ends at the Kajang Selatan Toll Plaza, Lebuhraya Kajang Seremban E21 (LEKAS Highway). “The RHB Shimano Highway Ride attracted many cycling enthusiasts from 16 countries in the 2016 race, namely Singapore, U.S, U.K, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Cambodia and Indonesia. Over the years, we have seen a growing interest in participation, particularly due to the challenge and uniqueness a night cycling race offers on our closed-off highway. It will continue to be a much anticipated race in the sports calendar of the cycling communities.” said Albertt Leong, Race Director of GoSportz.
“RHB is pleased to be part of the RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2017, for the second consecutive year. Our participation is part of the Group’s commitment to promote healthy living among members of the public, our customers and our employees. In fact, we periodically hold cycling and recreational activities for our employees every year. This year RHB’s Affluent Banking Division is sponsoring 50 of its Premier customers to take part in this race, and we are confident that this event will contribute towards awareness on staying active and healthy,” said Norazzah Sulaiman, Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, RHB Banking Group. Shimano believes that the RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ LEKAS 2017 will fulfil its aims to create a unique, professional and safe event for all the participants. “Shimano’s value-creating philosophy is not only dedicated to the manufacturing of our products, but also to enriching and enhancing participants’ enjoyment of this year’s event. We will continue to contribute and support the cycling culture in Malaysia and we hope to garner greater support from the public in the years ahead.” said Aaron Wong, Assistant Manager of Shimano. Yap Pak How, Assistant General Manager of LEKAS Highway, said, “As a venue sponsor, LEKAS from IJM Toll Division provided the opportunity and platform for the cyclists to have safe ride on the highway by having 100% road closure during the last event in 2016. We are pleased to continue to provide an opportunity and platform for the cyclists to have a safe ride on our highway for the fourth time this year.” She also emphasised that IJM believes in maximising the opportunities of our younger generation. Thus, there is a special category for young riders to take part in the event.
👦👧NURTURE YOUNG TALENT
IJM Corporation Berhad continues to sponsor 500 participants under the Children’s and Teenagers’ categories of the race. IJM Land Berhad, a member of the IJM Group, sponsors 100 participants under the Young Adults’ category. Through the cycling event, parents, especially those who are participants, can also expose their children to the sports that they do. The sponsorships will help to nurture new talent and budding young riders as well as promote cycling as a sport for all.
🎉 CYCLING CARNIVAL FOR PUBLIC
The event will also feature a Cycling and Sports Carnival in conjunction with the Race Pack Collection, to be held on 14 and 15 April 2017. This is set to be the biggest cycling carnival in Malaysia. The admission to the carnival is free and open to the general public. Further information on the carnival will be made in the official website ( http://www.lekashighwayride.my ).
As part of the event, selected participants of the cycling event will be invited to take advantage of the pre-race cycling clinic for a test ride on a stretch of LEKAS Highway.
The clinic will be facilitated by specialists from the bikes, gear, fitting and accessories’ companies to help participants improve on safety and quality of group rides as well as to test out their cycling gadgets. Seats are limited and further announcements will be made in the official website to provide more details on the clinic.
Meanwhile, LEKAS has obtained the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Works (MOW), the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Malaysia Highway Authority (MHA). Road closure and traffic management measures will start from 5.00pm on 15 April 2017 until 3.00am on 16 April 2017. Road closure information will be disseminated to the public through various media.
Categories for the 105km race are the ‘Elite’ (Pro-Cyclists, Continental Teams, State plus current and ex-National riders aged 18 years and above), ‘Open’ (men/women aged 22 years and above), ‘Veteran’ (men aged 45 years and above) and the ‘Corporate/Open Team’ (men/women aged 22 years and above).
Fees for these categories are RM170 (for individual registration, RM150 early bird) or RM2,500 per corporate/open team. Categories for the 78km race are the ‘Open’ (men/women aged 22 years and above), ‘Veteran’ (men aged 45 years and above), and the ‘Young Adults’ (boys/girls between the ages of 17 and 21 years). Fees for these categories are RM160 (RM140 early bird). The 17km VIP category is by invitation only. For those who want to have some fun, there are the 12km Teens’ category (ages 13 to 16 years) and the 7km Children’s category (ages 10 to 12 years).
IJM SPONSORS JUNIOR CYCLISTS 👍👏
The categories for teens and children are fully sponsored by IJM, however, a RM20 refundable deposit per participant is required upon registration.
Participants from the 105km and 78km ride categories have the privilege to join in the King of the Mountain Challenge, where the first cyclist in each category to reach the top of a 4km uphill stretch at the 30km mark of the route, will be crowned “King of the Mountain”.
Online registration for the race will close on 5 March 2017. The participant entitlement includes an event jersey/t-shirt, a goodie bag, a personalised bib number, a timing chip, a finisher medal, an e-certificate and refreshments. Please visit www.lekashighwayride.my for latest information on the Race Pack Collection.
📹Puan Norazzah Sulaiman, Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Group, RHB Banking Group (3rd From Right)
📹Mr. Aaron Wong, Assistant Manager Shimano (2nd From Left)
📹Ms Yap Pak How, Assistant General Manager Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban Sdn Bhd (LEKAS)
En Zainal Mohamed Secretary, Biro Cycling For For All Malaysia National Cycling Federation , MNCF 🚴(Far Right)
📹Mr. Albertt Leong, Race Director of Go Sportz Sdn Bhd
Distinguished Guests and Media Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are proud to bring back this prestige cycling event and make it as one of our annual Corporate Responsibility initiatives. As we in IJM believe that, Corporate Responsibility is an integral part of our business philosophy and corporate culture. As a venue sponsor Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (LEKAS) from IJM Toll Division had provided the opportunity and platform for the cyclists to have safe ride in the highway by having 100% road closure during the last event in 2016. We are pleased to continue to provide an opportunity and platform for the cyclists to have a safe ride in our highway for the fourth time this year. The event will be remained to be held in the night time, in order to maintain its uniqueness as the only highway night cycling event in Malaysia. It also will enable the cyclists to experience the freedom and safely ride at LEKAS.
Ladies and Gentlemen, LEKAS as co-organizer and venue sponsor has obtained the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities such as Ministry of Works, Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysia Highway Authority. Road closure and traffic management plan will start from 5.00 pm on 15 April 2017 until 3:00am on 16th April 2017. LEKAS expects a loss of approximately 50,000 vehicles in traffic volume. Road closure information will be disseminated to the public through various media.
Ladies and Gentlemen, In IJM we also believe that to maximize the opportunity of our younger generation. It is important to invest in children and teenager physical activities like cycling to ensure that they are healthy and well equipped to manage the critical life transitions ahead of them. As the previous three editions in 2013, 2014 and 2016, IJM Land Berhad, a member of the IJM Group, continues to sponsor 100 participants under the Young Adults’ category for the fourth consecutive year. Meanwhile, 500 participants in Children and Teenagers’ categories will be fully sponsored by our parents company IJM Corporation Berhad. Our commitment in sponsoring these two categories is to nurture new talent and budding young riders as well as promote cycling as a sport for all. Ladies and Gentlemen, Above all, I hope everybody that participates in this upcoming event will enjoy the night ride in LEKAS highway. Thank you👏
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✔ SHIMANO SPEECH – Unique, Professional & Safe
“A premier cycling event” ▶Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Aaron Wong in charge of regional marketing activities representing Shimano today. First of all, let me thank everyone here for taking the time to attend this press conference. Introduction to Shimano Besides manufacturing and supplying high quality bicycle components worldwide, Shimano has always been working to promote a healthy lifestyle and the enjoyment of nature through cycling. Cycling is an activity where you can keep fit, enjoy the beauty of nature and get to know more like minded friends all at the same time. It is also an activity you can get to enjoy with your loved ones. About RHB Shimano Highway Challenge @ Lekas Since the first Shimano Highway Challenge back in 2013, we’ve seen the event grow from strength to strength in the past few years. I would first like to take the opportunity to thank the various sponsors, stakeholders, media and most importantly the participants of the previous events. Last year’s event similarly was a great success and we have gathered numerous positive feedback that keeps us motivated to support the organization of another edition. At the same time, we’ve identified key areas in the race organization to improve on so that we can create a better experience for everyone this year. As always, we have 3 main objectives for the event: 1) An unique event experience We hope to provide participants with an unique opportunity which they can seldom get in their regular rides or training. The experience of cycling under the floodlights in the night on highway would definitely fulfill this criteria. 2) A professionally run event. As you may know there are currently many bicycle events taking place all over Malaysia. I would say participants are basically spoilt for choice of the events they choose to participate in. However not all events provide the same experience or value for money and this may dampen their enthusiasm for cycling. Through careful consultation and planning from all the stakeholders, we aim to give participants a pleasant and enriching experience in the RHB Shimano Highway Challenge 2017 @ Lekas. 3) A safe environment for cycling There will be full road closures for this event, so participants will not have to worry about vehicles while riding during the event. Medical staff and facilities will also be made available in case of any emergencies. We wish to give participants a stress-free ride and enjoy the ride as much as possible. With the 2017 RHB Shimano Highway Challenge @ Lekas, we once again aim to fulfill all our objectives of creating a unique, professional and safe event for participants. Shimano’s value-creating philosophy is not only dedicated to the manufacturing of our products, but also to enriching and enhancing participants’ enjoyment of this year’s event. We will continue to contribute and support the cycling culture in Malaysia and we hope to garner greater support from the public in the years ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again soon in April! Thank you for your attention. Please enjoy the rest of the activities!👏
✔ GoSportz Speech
Members of the media; Ladies and Gentlemen. A warm welcome to all of you to Ride @ LEKAS 2017. A warm welcome to all of you to the registration launch of the RHB Shimano Highway.
First of all, I would like to welcome back our venue sponsor, LEKAS Highway and title sponsors, RHB Banking Group and Shimano.
Thank you for your continued support and the confidence you have placed in GoSportz as your event organiser. We would like to assure you that we do not take this confidence for granted. We are committed to bringing cycling to the next level and make this race a premier cycling event in Malaysia and beyond.
The RHB Shimano Highway Ride in the 2016 race attracted many cycling enthusiasts from 16 countries namely Singapore, U.S, U.K, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Over the years, we have seen a growing interest in participation, particularly due to the challenge and uniqueness a night cycling race offers on our closed-off highway.
LEKAS has ensured full road closure for the event, and provided a fully lighted up highway, making it a much desired cycling route that is safe but also challenging the limits of our riders👏
RHB Banking Group and Shimano
IJM Corporation Berhad • IJM Land Berhad • Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd • Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd • Gigatera (M) Sdn Bhd • EV-Dynamic Sdn Bhd • ‘Elite’
‘Starbucks’ • ‘100 plus’ • ‘N8’ • ‘Rocktape’ • ‘Endurace’ • ‘Paradigm Mall’ • Brother International (M) Sdn Bhd • Cycling Plus Malaysia • ‘Mamee’ • ‘Rudy Project’ • ‘Gopro’ • ‘Specialized’
GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL AGENCIES
Ministry of Works Malaysia (KKR) • Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM)• Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)
Malaysia National Cycling Federation (MNCF)🚵💨💨
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