Jelajah Malaysia, Asia’s oldest cycling event, rode off to its 53rd start earlier today from UMW Toyota Motor’s headquarters in Shah Alam.
132 cyclists from 20 cycling teams, including international teams, are taking part in this event which will see them race over 5 competitive stages through 3 states i.e. Selangor, Perak and Kedah. Jelajah Malaysia started off today in Shah Alam and will end on 7 October in Alor Setar, Kedah. There are 9 teams from Malaysia in this year’s event.
“It is a privilege for Toyota to support an event as the Jelajah Malaysia by providing the official vehicle fleet. We hope that through such high-profile events, we are able to play a role in encouraging greater participation in such activities that would lead to a healthier nation,” said Mr Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd.
Leisure cycing is a popular activity among UMW Toyota Motor management and staff, hence the support for this cycling event. The Toyota Cycling Club currently has about 300 active members who actively participate in cycling events around the country. The club members also use this opportunity to spread the message of road safety and the need to share the roads responsibly.
Flagging off the event were YBhg Datuk Seri Halim Samad, Deputy President of Dewan Negara, Advisor of Jelajah Malaysia; YB Amiruddin Shari, Selangor State Exco for Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development; and Mr Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd. Also present were National Sports Council Director General, YBhg Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail; Jelajah Malaysia Chairman, YBhg Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib; and President of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation, YBhg Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab.