Apr 30, 2011
PARTICPANTS FROM NINE COUNTRIES TO COMPETE IN THE INAUGURAL PUTRAJAYA CHALLENGE 2011
29 April 2011, Putrajaya - Participants from nine countries including Malaysia have confirmed their entries in the inaugural Putrajaya Challenge 2011 mountain bike race which will be held over two days from April 30 to May 1.
Among the countries which have confirmed their entries includes Malaysia as the host, United States (USA), Canada, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei and Indonesia. Putrajaya Challenge 2011 is a mountain bike race which is increasingly gaining popularity in this country and throughout Southeast Asia, it will be held in Putrajaya Challenge Park, Precinct 5 starting at eight in the morning.
It is also the second of six rounds in the 'MTB Downhill Super Series', which is listed in the annual calendar of Malaysia Downhill Association (MDHA). Putrajaya Challenge which runs for two days will have two events of Downhill and Cross Country covering13 categories.
On the first day, there will be Downhill events consists of categories which are Men's Elite, Men's Expert, Women's Sport (10-29 years), Men's Junior (under 18 years), Men's Master A (30-39 years), Men's Master B (40 years old above) and Men's Hard Tail.
While on the second day, the Cross Country events will take place involving the category of Men's Elite, Women's Elite, Men's Open (15-20 years), Junior Veteran (30-39 years) and Veteran (40 years and over).
Apart from international riders, two renowned national riders, Suhardi Hassan and Anuar Manan, will also provide competition in the Men's Elite category in the Cross Country event which will be held on the second day. The winners in each category will receive prizes including cash and trophies. Not only that, there’s also a Lucky Draw for participants and spectators.
In additions to that, spectators can also visit the sponsors’ promotion and exhibition booths to ensure that the annual event attracts many people especially the youth. The event jointly organized by the Putrajaya Cycling Association and Bat’s Creative Sdn Bhd will be conducted in accordance with the International Cycling Union (UCI) regulations.
Together as the sponsor of Putrajaya Challenge 2011 are Fish Castle, Milo, PowerBar, 100 Plus, Gardenia, Shimano, Rodalink, Haslam Food and Beverage, and Wheelsport Management.
In the meantime, the organizers wishes to see this event held annually, progressing further and hope that Putrajaya Challenge can be included in the UCI Mountain Bike Calendar in the near future.
"We hope that one day; this event will be included in the UCI Mountain Bike calendar and also attract more participation from foreign countries."We are confident that with these events, will attract young people to participate in this mountain bike races, adding more riders of the best in their categories to represent the country in the near future," said organizers.