KUALA LANGAT, 7 Dec: Dataran Pantai Morib was lively with rows of old and classic bicycles gathered from around the country throughout this week.
Over 300 participants with various types of bicycles are expected to join the over 10 kilometre ride around Morib and Banting, starting December 8.
The Exco of Malay Customs, Rural Development and Traditional Villages, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, said that the programme is in line with the efforts to uphold heritage and artistry by the state government.
“These old and classic bicycles definitely have its own uniqueness and we want this heritage to continue for future generations.
“In addition, this programme can also build the bond of unity and healthy interaction towards creating a nation strong in its cultural heritage” he said during the opening speech at the Malayan Classic and Old Bicycles Gathering yesterday.
The event was also graced by the presence of the Yang Di Pertua of the Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL), Mohd Azhar Mohamed Ali, and legendary cyclists from the Netherlands Jos Rietveld, and Alex (Indonesia).
Right after the opening speech, the guests of honour and visitors were served the special Javanese dish, Nasi Ambeng, which was served in a tray and eaten together.
Although feeling a little awkward, Jos Rietveld said that his experience while in Morib was very exciting.
“I am quite familiar with fried rice and Indonesian cuisine, but no doubt this evening’s meal was taste and appetising.
“The intention was to join the cycling event, but who would have thought I would experience something different, which was nonetheless great,” he said.
The fan of classic bicycles has over 20 bicycle collections and his oldest collection is over 110 years old.
Rietveld and Alex will also join the cycling even which is expected to begin as early as 8am tomorrow.