Caution, Slow Rider Takes On Lekas Highway!
Today is the race kit collection for RHB Shimano Lekas Highway Ride 2018 (see below for details), and the numbers of participants have grown significantly to reach 5,000 riders for this upcoming 4th continuous night edition.
The 120km category is expected to challenge the best riders, and if last year is anything to go by, there will invariably be several truckloads of cyclists who are expected to DNF (Did Not Finish) for underestimating the long route.
Fear not because no matter what happens on race night, there will be no losers because a bad day cycling outdoor in the countryside is still better than any good day in the work office.
What really amazes me about Malaysia’s Only Highway Night Ride is witnessing the glorious sight of thousands of enthusiastic cyclists, from all walks of life, converging on Lekas Highway to do what they love – cycling.
One such rider who is set to make his second appearance at Lekas Highway Ride 2018 is the affable Faizal Sohaimi, and I was glad to catch-up with Faizal and find-out more about his deep bond with cycling, and why he enjoys this particular Lekas Highway night ride….
START-UP: About 4 years ago, Faizal Sohaimi invested in a foldable bicycle to commute to work. Since then, his cycling interest has expanded to touring, participating in many cycling events like RHB Shimano Lekas Highway Ride, and when he’s not riding, Faizal spends his time building or upgrading his bikes himself. The fact that Faizal has converted one of his rooms into his personal “bike cave” speaks volumes about his commitment to, and passion for Cycling.
SELF-RELIANT: Faizal has attended a bike repair workshop before, in order to learn how to repair and maintain his bicycles in case of breakdowns during long touring trips. However, when the bike repair jobs are too difficult or they require specialised tools, Faizal will visit his master bike mechanic, Akmal of The Basikal shop in Bangsar for technical assistance.
MENTAL MECHANIC: Faizal loves to constantly tinker with his bicycles, and he gets a big kick out of reassembling vintage steel bikes and perhaps, give them a new lease of life with some modern upgrades.
“I like working with steel frames because you can bend them in different directions whereas carbon frames are built to withstand force only from certain angles,” explained Faizal.
FIND-OUT IF Faizal’s passion for cycling is just a wasteful obsession or is it the perfect outlet to channel his energy, creativity and skills for greater good.
INTERVIEW VIDEO CLIPS (10)
Faizal may not be a fast rider, however, one can’t but admire his unbending dedication in the pursuit of cycling nirvana….
📢 RACE KIT COLLECTION INFO
RHB Shimano Highway Ride @ Lekas 2018 Race Pack Collection and Cycling & Sports Carnival at Level 3, Event Hall, Atria Mall (PJ).
➡️ Saturday & Sunday (11 – 12/8/18) from 11am to 7pm!
THEY GOT IT ALL !!
Since you’ve already found a good parking spot, why not checkout the IRRESISTIBLE promos & offers BY events exhibitors & sponsors at the Cycling & Sports Carnival there, too!!
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