Thursday, June 06, 2013

New Jelajah route packs a punch

THE Jelajah Malaysia's 50th anniversary celebrations see the race heading south on an improvised route on June 26-30.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin with MNCF deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad at the launch of the Jelajah Malaysia route yesterday. Bernama pic

Having been postponed from its original dates on May 7-12 due to the general elections, the race had to be cut to five stages from six to fit in the UCI Asia Tour calendar.

The route, launched by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday, sees an opening 187.7 kilometre stage that ends in the minister's parliamentary seat of Rembau on June 7 from a start at the National Sports Complex.

From Rembau the next day, the peloton heads through a 197.6km stage to Batu Pahat, and the next day provides a short 94.7km dash from Batu Pahat to Pontian.

The penultimate stage is the longest in this edition of the race, covering 206.3km from Johor Baru to Bukit Katil in Malacca. And the race ends with a 169.9km stage from Malacca to Putrajaya.

Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said the UCI 2.2 status race this time around will feature 23 teams, with Anuar Manan's Synergy-Baku Cycling Project team looking the favourites. By Arnaz M. Khairul

Read more: CYCLING: New Jelajah route packs a punch - Racing - New Straits Times

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