In another effort to promote healthy living among Malaysians, Sepang International Circuit (SIC), organiser of the Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix, MotoGP Malaysia, World Superbike Championship Malaysia and other world class motor racing events, will soon open the circuit to cyclists as well.
Kicking off the initiative, SIC organised an open media event this morning, whereby members of the media were invited to join SIC staff for a 90-minute unrivalled experience cycling around the 5,543-meter track.
Led by SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali, the session started at 7am, with all participants bringing their own bicycles.
“Cycling on the track is actually an activity that we at SIC do regularly amongst ourselves when there’s no event at the track. We find it very enjoyable and it is something we always look forward to. Hence, we hope to share this unique experience with other cyclists as well,” said Dato’ Razlan.
“We would like to open the track as much as possible to members of the public. But our challenge has always been that the track is always fully booked. However, at the beginning of this year, we aimed to slot special sessions for cyclists. It would be something like the track days for bikes and cars,” he added.
Dato’ Razlan announced that SIC would make early announcements so that cycling enthusiasts from around the Klang Valley and even the central region of Peninsular Malaysia such as from Negeri Sembilan could gather at SIC for a special experience cycling around the world-class racing circuit and taking on the 15 corners and eight straights including two high speed stretches – something usually only experienced in high-powered motor vehicles.
“The interest in cycling has grown tremendously in Malaysia over the years. It makes good sense for us to cater for this group as well. So, I have asked my team from Track and Operations to work out the schedule. We will be announcing the dates on our website and through our Twitter and Facebook accounts,” added Dato’ Razlan.
He shared that in the past, SIC had organised competitive bicycle races on the track, but the new approach is very different as it is more casual and recreational in nature.