OCBC rides with double the support

Malaysia - The second instalment of the OCBC Cycle Malaysia this year flagged off with some 5,000 cyclists, a jump from its 3,500 riders in 2011.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Malaysian National Cycling Federation, it was supported by KLCC Properties, Doubletree by Hilton, Shimano, F2P, BaikBike.com, Polygon, 100Plus, Volkswagen, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Cycling Malaysia magazine with The Star as its media partner.

The largest mass participation cycling event was held on closed roads at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) against the backdrop of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from 18 to 20 January.

Coupled with the Cycling and Lifestyle Village at The Intermark, the entire event drew thousands of locals, visitors, and tourists over the three days.

The Corporate Charity Challenge, along with voluntary donations via the Simply Giving website, raised RM100,000 for the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), Budimas Charitable Foundation, and National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM).

Chris Robb, managing director of event organiser Spectrum Worldwide, said, "On the back of the phenomenal response we received back in 2011, we are absolutely delighted that the race has raised the benchmark even further by doubling the number of riders."

While Robb looks forward to an even bigger event next year, he says that the vision for the OCBC Cycle Malaysia has always been to ignite more popularity for the sport.