Mountain Bike Fun Ride for Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari on April 1

One of the several stretches that pose a challenge to the Mountain Bike participants.
One of the several stretches that pose a challenge to the Mountain Bike participants.
Galong (fourth right) and the Mountain Bike committee members posing at Katibas Bridge that connects Kapit to Song.

KAPIT: Mountain Bike Fun Ride (Kayuhan Lasak Mountain Bike Kapit 2017) has been introduced for the first time as one of the side activities in conjunction with this year’s Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari to be held from April 1-2 whereby the cycling event has been scheduled for April 1.

An organising committee has been set up to carry out the programme that was headed by Kapit Resident, Joseph Belayong, who is also the organising chairman of Baleh Kapit Raft Safari.

The committee has also appointed the Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing who is also Deputy Minister for Rural and Regional Development as the patron while the advisors were Member of Parliament for Hulu Rajang, Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Katibas Assemblyman, Datuk Ambrose Blikau Enturan, Bukit Goram Assemblyman, Jefferson Jamit Unyat and Pelagus Assemblyman, Wilson Nyabong Ijang.

Youth and Sports Officer, Kapit, Jack Janda Pioh has been elected as the deputy chairman while Martin Sherman Minggu is the secretary.

The other members include officials from the various government agencies and local clubs and associations namely Resident Office Kapit, Bukit Mabong and Kapit District Office, Kapit District Council, Police , Public Work Department, Youth and Sports (secretariat), Land And Survey, Ministry of Youth Sports and Solidarity, Road and Transport Department, RELA, Health Department, Malaysian Red Crescent Chapter Kapit, Fire and Rescue Department (BOMBA), Information Department, and RTM.

A delegation of the organising committee led by kapit Deputy Resident, Galong Luang has made a site inspection to the proposed route for the Mountain Bike programme recently along the Kapit/Song road covering a distance of 48.7 kilometers.

Throughout the (48.7 km) journey from Katibas Bridge, the participants will ride through a stretch of 5.4 km of gravel road, 27.3 km of rough earth road and finally cycling through 16 km of tar sealed road from Nanga Yong Bridge to the finishing point at Kapit Town Square.

The participants have to go through some vertical and treacherous terrain where road construction is ongoing.

It is very steep with both ascending and descending slope because of the hilly terrain and deep ravine.

The Mountain Bike Fun Ride is open to all Mountain bike enthusiasts throughout the state to participate in the first ever event held in Kapit.

The organiser has targeted a minimum of 50 to 100 participants for the inaugural event.

Katibas Assemblyman, Datuk Ambrose Blikau is expected to officiate the flag off for the participants from Katibas Bridge in Song district.

The programme will begin at 6:30 am with registration of all the  participants, refreshment and warming up exercise and the flag off at 7:30 am.

They are expected to arrive at the finishing point at Kapit Town Square at 10:30 am.

The closing ceremony is at 11:30 am to be officiated by Masing.

The Mountain Bike Challenge event among others is to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people and to serve as platform to bring mountain bike enthusiasts together on long distance expedition as a healthy activity during leisure hours.

It is also to enhance closer rapport and friendship among Malaysians of different background to come together as one big family.

Those interested are urged to register with the officer in charge at Kapit Youth and Sports Office Jack Janda at Pejabat Belia Dan Sukan, Tingkat 2, Wisma Persekutuan, Peti Surat 152, 96807 Kapit (084-796 262) or fax 084- 798 262 or facebook Pejabat Belia dan Sukan Bahagian Kapit.

The closing date for registration is on March 30.

The participants can collect their Bicycle Tag and Lucky Draw ticket on March 31 from 9 am until 6 pm at the Youth and Sports Office Kapit.