AYER KEROH (Melaka): This sleepy little town will wake up this weekend as mountain bikers from around the region gather for the sixth Shimano Burung Hantu night race and jamboree organised by the Environment Cycling Club (ECC) of Melaka and sponsored once again by Shimano.
This year, the 48km cross-country race will take riders mostly through palm oil plantations and rubber estates with a few hills and technical single course trails to keep things interesting and fun.
The event will be launched and flagged off by the Melaka chief police officer Datuk Chua Ghee Lye together with all the sponsors at 8.30pm at Dataran Sejarah Ayer Keroh. Daric Hong will represent Distexpress (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, which is sponsoring the prizes for the lucky draw.
Hong said three professional cyclists will try out the company’s sports and cycling products, which include heart rate monitors, speakers and lights. In the lucky draw a Mio Alpha Bluetooth heart monitor, which Distexpress is launching at the event, three Mio Link Bluetooth heart monitors, two Wahoo Blue SCs (cyclist’s gadget), two Bluetooth Speaker D3 & D4, two Lumen Bluetooth Smart Bulbs and a Doxie Go (portable scanner) are up for grabs.
The ECC will also donate a total of RM10,000 on behalf of the Burung Hantu Night Ride 2014 to two beneficiaries — RM5,000 to Persatuan Kanner Melaka, and RM5,000 to St John’s Ambulance Malaysia Cawangan Bachang.
The race will feature 300 participants with some 1,700 people joining the jamboree later.
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 27, 2014.