MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE
By Kamila Delart
For the third year in a row, our island is from 15th to 20th October the showplace of Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) – one of the most exciting mountain bike stage races in the whole of Asia!
What began as a modest two day competition in 2010 turned within a short period of time into a major mountain bike happening – officially listed as an international event in the UCI calendar, and attended by world-wide media. A brainchild of Tun Dr. Mahathir, Malaysia’s visionary former Prime Minister and honorary patron of the event, Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge is organized by Human Voyage (M) SDN. BHD. led by CEO Datuk Malik Mydin.
The event began this Sunday with a 40 km fun ride that attracted more than 850! passionate social bikers, and was officially launched during a festive dinner at the Beach Garden in Mutiara Burau Bay Langkawi with a welcoming speech by Tun Dr. Mahathir and the CEO of Langkawi Development Authority, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli.
The six day race that just started consists of various stages with technically challenging trails across a variety of terrains from idyllic beaches, through paddy fields and rubber plantations to mountainous rainforest. For the first time in the history of the competition is included a roller-coaster 90km marathon through Langkawi’s stunning GeoPark!
Among the 200 registered contestants are 160 top world ranked riders from all over the globe, with famous personalities such as Burry Stander, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Champion from South Africa or Nathalie Schneitter, the Swiss European Champion, and Runner-up World Champion 2008.
Returning is also the last year champion, Karl Platt from Germany! Ready to defend his title, he is looking forward to the challenges of the upcoming race. Although he confesses that coming back to Langkawi is not just about the competition. Having arrived only two days ago, Karl went on a Jet Ski trip, enjoyed a lovely hike to the waterfalls, and indulged in indigenous Malay Spa treatments, savoring throughout his stay our sweet, freshly harvested tropical fruits!
The magical spell of Langkawi… Once you set foot on our idyllic island, you are bound to return over and over again. For an amazing race, or just to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our tropical paradise!
For further details about LIMBC, please visit: www.mtbmalaysia.com