Friday June 22, 2012
Langkawi mountain bike championship to be in World Cup series
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
KUALA LUMPUR: The Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) is set to become part of the UCI World Cup series next year.
Race organisers, Human Voyage Sdn Bhd, headed by chief executive officer Datuk Malik Mydin, are confident LIMBC will become part of the World Cup series as they look to increase the stature of the race.
“We are currently bidding for the event to be included in the World Cup series and will know the results in October. We’re confident they (UCI) are going to include us in the calendar,” said Malik.
The LIMBC this year will be held from Oct 15-Oct 20 at Langkawi.
As a progression towards making the race part of the World Cup series, all six days of the Class Two race are UCI-sanctioned.
Last year, only two days out of five days were sanctioned to award points for the UCI rankings.
LIMBC patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the race has grown stronger each year since it began in 2010.
“It started out as a two-day event before it became a five-day event. It represents the pinnacle of mountain biking in Malaysia and will further put the country on the world cycling map besides Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL),” he said.
The LTdL, which has been running for 17 years since 1996, was Dr Mahathir’s brainchild.
A total of 500 participants are expected to compete in the race, which will begin with a 1.8km prologue (time trial) starting at Dataran Lang.
Last year, former German champion Karl Platt took the overall win in the men’s competition while World Championships silver medallist Nathalie Schneitter of Switzerland took the women’s title.