BCC members, including national cyclist Reduan Yusop (Front 4th L), after completing a route around Seria and KB last week. Picture: BT/Aaron Wong
BY AARON WONG
BELAIT - BELAIT Cycling Club (BCC) is planning to compete in road races in Bintulu and Kuala Lumpur later this month as they look to test themselves against the region’s best cyclists.
Manager of BCC Mohd Sufrizal Hamdan said two seasoned national athletes – Reduan Yusop and Hadrie Morsidi – would head down to Bintulu, Sarawak, for the Kuala Tatau 60 kilometre challenge this Sunday. Reduan will be competing in the individual time trial category while Hadrie is opting for the road race.
At 39 years old, the evergreen Reduan will take on his first 60km time trial and is aiming for a competitive placing.
“My 40km best is around 58 minutes. A 60km time will be a challenge, but I am coming prepared,” he said.
The national athlete said that without regular competitive races in Brunei, cyclists looking to race at a higher level would be unable to realise their true potential.
“You could train every day, but as a competitive athlete, there has to be an end goal,” he said.
“A contest to works toward to, or you can't really go anywhere – you won’t know what your level is. The exposure is very important as well,” he said.
Meanwhile another four BCC cyclists plan to take to the RHB Shimano Highway Ride in Kuala Lumpur this April 30 – Malaysia’s first closed highway night cycling event.
Mohd Sufrizal said all four would compete in the 78km male open category.
The race will flag off at the Kajang Selatan Toll Plaza which connects to the LEKAS highway.
“Competing under the BCC banner allows the club to gain exposure in the region, which can lead to future invite to races or collaborations with cyclists and organisations abroad,” he said.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times