Monday, September 25, 2017

Cyclists get in gear for Mandalay Hill

Cyclists mark December 27 on your calendar. The place is Mandalay Hill, the events are cross country and downhill bike races. Don’t forget to check your brakes.

Riders get ready to go at the starting line of last year’s competition on July 27, 2014. Photo Caption. Photo: Hlaing Kyaw Soe / The Myanmar TimesRiders get ready to go at the starting line of last year’s competition on July 27, 2014. Photo Caption. Photo: Hlaing Kyaw Soe / The Myanmar Times

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Sport, Myanmar Cycling Federation and Mandalay Free Riders, the race and competition are open to anyone who cares to register, U Aung Win Tun, vice president of the Myanmar Cycling Federation, said yesterday.

“Registration is open until December 26, and 200 people have already registered. Contestants can use either mountain bikes or racing bicycles,” he said.

The December 27 event is the fourth of its kind.

“We’re giving lots of prizes, and a Thai team will be taking part,” he said.

Mandalay Free Riders president U Yan Naing said he looked forward to an increase in the number of people taking up cycling in two-wheel-happy Mandalay.

“Cycling is good for your health and helps decrease air pollution as people get out of their cars. Next year we will hold four events a year. I expect to see lots of newbie cyclists,” he said.

Downhill cycling can be more difficult and requires quick decisions, said downhill race supervisor and last year’s winner Ko Asai. Mandalay Hill is curvy.

“The competition time is eight hours. Competitors should wear a helmet and kneepads,” he said.

The starting line is outside Oh store on 78th Street at 6:30am, and the race ends at Mandalay Hill elevator. Registration costs K5000, and referees from the SEA Games will preside, said Ko Aung Win Tun.

“Volunteers will line the route to give assistance. We will provide contestants with numbers,” he said.

The winners of each race will receive K300,000, with the runners-up receiving K200,000 and K100,000, with other prizes for the deserving.


Translated by Khant Lin Oo

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